Hunslet Hawks 18 York City Knights 20: Hawks’ feathers are ruffled by referee’s late-game decisions

David March.

David March.

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IT IS safe to assume referee Chris Kendall won’t be on Hunslet’s Christmas card list after a series of contentious decisions went against them and victory was wrenched from their grasp by promotion rivals York.

The Hawks, leading 18-8 in the final five minutes, were furious when a try by winger James Salthouse was allowed, despite a knock-on during the build-up, and David March was ordered to the sin-bin for his strong protest.

Colton Roche then snatched York’s third try just before the end and full-back James Haynes kicked the goal to gain a two-point win.

Coach Barry Eaton was clearly livid and he said: “I know what I want to say but I can’t. The boys were outstanding and I’ve told them I am very proud of them. We deserved to win that game.

“I don’t know what David March said but I can understand his frustration, that’s for sure.

“There comes a stage where players just can’t believe what is happening.

“They are human beings and passionate.”

Liam Hood, who it was later learned suffered a suspected fractured hand, scored the first try with a neat dummy from a play-the-ball and Tommy Coyle added the goal.

York drew level just before half-time with a try by James Ford which was converted by Haynes.

Richard Moore marked his return to the club with a try. Coyle also forced his way over. March improved both touchdowns before York’s late flourish brought a club record ninth successive win.

HUNSLET HAWKS: Watson, Duckworth, Brickwood, Maun, Duffy, Grimshaw, Coyle, Moore, March, Haley, Briscoe, Oakes, Mackay. Substitutes: Hood, Kain, Broughton, Peltier.

YORK: Haynes, Saltonstall, Ford, Minikin, Dent, P Smith, Presley, Roche, Lee, Aldous, Mallender, E Smith, Paterson. Substitutes: Brining, Brennan, Tonks, Backhouse.

REFEREE: C Kendall.

ATTENDANCE: 796.