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Knights still awaiting first win

Paul March
York City Knights coach Paul March is still awaiting his first win

York City Knights are still without a win after four League Two games under coach Paul March after going down 20-24 at home to Workington.

The Knights trailed 18-0 after half an hour, before recovering to lead 20-18 thanks to tries from Ross Divorty, Steve Grundy and Paul Hughes.

But Workington claimed their first win thanks to a late Franco Kmet try.

March told BBC Radio York: "We were unlucky. But in the first 30 minutes we were poor. We let some soft tries in."

York are ahead of National League Division Two's other two winless teams Hunslet and London Skolars only on points.

And March admitted that he will include both himself and his assistant coach James Ratcliffe in any examination of accountability for their team's poor start to the campaign

"I'll look at my preparation for this game and see if I'm questionable," he said. "And if not I'll have a look at the players.

"It's one to 17 plus me and James. We need to look at ourselves."

A win's got to come from somewhere and we've got to grind it out

Paul March

There were two big consolations in the Grundy and Hughes tries, which both came from acting half-back.

"Those two players have come up with some great plays," said March. "The positive of the first half was only going in behind by 12 points. But we then got ourselves back into the game."

Danny Ratcliffe then kicked the Knights into a 20-18 lead late on, and March felt his teamwould have held onto it had they already got the confidence of a win on the board.

Instead, the Knights failed to deal with a missed Workington penalty to lose valuable yardage. And assistant coach James Ratcliffe claimed: "You could just see the mental switch-off completely as Workington went on to score the winning try."

March feels some players are simply lacking "a winning mentality."

"I'm disappointed for the lads and disappointed for myself that we didn't go on and take the victory," said March. "We've got another break this week and play Blackpool in two weeks time. We need to focus on that now.

"We're going to stop thinking about performance for now. A win's got to come from somewhere and we've got to grind it out."

see also
Knights face 'massive' home game
11 Apr 08 |  Rugby League
Knights captain is out for season
28 Mar 08 |  Rugby League

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