30th June 2017, 17:00 | league_1
Workington Town v London Skolars – Sunday, July 2 (3.00pm)
Workington Town and London Skolars face off this weekend at Derwent Park in a tie that is a must win for both sides to keep their chances of a top eight finish alive.
The Cumbrian side currently hold eighth place in the Kingstone Press League 1 table and will be looking to build on their narrow 28-29 victory away at Coventry Bears last weekend when they welcome London Skolars on Sunday.
London fell to their second consecutive defeat as they were defeated 10-20 by in-form Barrow Raiders. Coach Jermaine Coleman said, “I thought it was a much improved performance based on the last couple of weeks, especially the games we have played against Keighley and York in terms of how we put the game plan to work in the second half and managed to keep ourselves within the game.
“I thought we weren’t clinical enough in phases in the second half where we had a bit of pressure and I thought that ultimately cost us the game.
“We had three or four sets on their line, we got held up over the line once, we got a try disallowed for a high tackle and we messed the next set up and I think that put us on a downwards spiral.
“Off the back of that they got two sets where they kicked two penalty goals and I think the game drifted away from us at that point.
“I was a little bit frustrated that we weren’t clinical enough to see the game out but I was massively impressed with the desire, the effort and the improvement in performance.
“At the moment, I think we are a team that’s running a little low on confidence and we need to learn how to manage tight games and I don’t think we have done that enough this year.”
On the importance of the fixture, he added “It’s massive, if we are to have any success or chance in making the top eight now, we need to win our next three games and finish the season on a high.
“I think it’s quite clear for everyone to see the pressure is on in that respect.
“I think if we don’t do that I think the season will be a massive disappointment for us.”
Game weekend! Come along on Sunday and get behind the boys in the crucial game against London pic.twitter.com/J0VEi15fPt— Workington Town 🔵⚪️ (@WorkingtonTown) June 30, 2017
After Workington’s close games, Coleman is expecting a similar outcome this time, he added “I think you can see by the results on the table all the teams around each other are fighting for two points every week.
“I’m expecting a tough game; I think it will be another very physical game, they have got some experienced lads and some youthful players as well so it should be a good contest.
Across the result of Kingstone Press League 1, on Saturday Barrow Raiders go head to head with University of Gloucestershire All Golds (6.30pm), as they look to keep the pressure on the top two and York City Knights travel to face Toronto Wolfpack (7.00pm).
On Sunday, Oxford RLFC welcome North Wales Crusaders to Tilsley Park (2.00pm) and Hemel Stags host South Wales Ironmen (2.00pm) in a bottom of the table clash.
Whitehaven RLFC will look to extend their unbeaten run when they play Keighley Cougars, Doncaster RLFC come up against Newcastle Thunder and Coventry Bears will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s narrow defeat when they visit Hunslet RLFC.
All fixtures unless stated will kick-off at 3.00pm.