York City Knights boss James Ford has acknowledged that they are still seeking a formula for consistency after being torn apart by Featherstone at the Betfred Championship Summer Bash.
The Knights trailed 42-0 before a couple of late tries ensured York avoided an embarrassing defeat to nil.
York were still in the game at the break, trailing 14-0, but a woeful start to the second half saw them concede five tries in 15 minutes.
Ford acknowledged the poor start to the second period and says they need to be far better if they are going to finish the regular season in the top five.
Speaking after the game, the Knights boss said: “We were in the game and I though Fev defended really well.
“The way we started the second half though simply wasn’t good enough. We have to develop a lot more consistency in our game.
“I was happy with the first half hour and the last 10 minutes. We just needed the bit in-between, but we just didn’t give ourselves a chance.”
York remain in third place and are two points ahead of Featherstone. However, with games against Toulouse and Widnes just around the corner, York’s top five hopes could be under threat.
Speaking about making the play-offs, Ford stated: “If we are to get into top five, we will need six or seven wins, so we really need to start knocking some wins off.”