York City Knights ready for Championship survival fight

Dave Woods
Woods led York to promotion through the play-offs last season

York City Knights are staying positive about their chances of surviving in the Championship despite having only three games left this season.

The Knights are one point clear of the relegation zone after the weekend's round of games.

Coach Dave Woods told BBC Radio York: "We've just got to do our best for the next three games.

"We'll target the Halifax game. They won't like playing on a small pitch and Sheffield are an up and down side."

After York lost 44-16 to leaders Featherstone on Friday, their rivals at the bottom of the table closed the gap.

Dewsbury picked up a bonus point in their defeat at Toulouse and Hunslet got a point from their game against Sheffield. Dewsbury and Hunslet have still to play each other.

Woods continued: "We're our own worst enemies by coming up with a poor display against Toulouse here. We should have got three points there.

"You look at everything. Everything has been against us all year as a new side coming in.

"With the fixtures, playing Hunslet so early twice and Barrow so early twice, and now Barrow have got all their troubles and these teams below us are playing them twice.

"Going to Toulouse on Easter Monday and things like that, but we've got to forget about all that."

Despite losing to Featherstone, Woods said he was encouraged by the way his side had played.

"I just said to the boys there's a lot of positives to be taken and there's no reason why we can't get another couple of wins," he added.

"If we keep putting in performances like that we can get a result."

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