24th September 2018, 11:17 | league_1

Betfred League 1 Round 26 Review

Betfred League 1 Round 26 Review

York City Knights completed an extraordinary 2018 season with a 32-14 victory over Whitehaven at Bootham Crescent, a victory that sees them promoted to the Betfred Championship as League 1 Champions. 

Haven were the last side to beat the Knights in the reverse fixture in May, but a brace from Matt Chilton and 8 goals from Connor Robinson saw York through. 

In scoring 16 points, the Knights’ Connor Robinson broke both all-time York RL goals and kicks in a season record.

Bradford Bulls dominated Hemel Stags, winning 56-7 at Odsal but will have to face Oldham in the playoffs to be promoted to the Betfred Championship. 

The Bulls scored ten tries, including braces from Dalton Grant, Jonathan Pownall & Matthew Storton. Hemel scored their sole try courtesy of Mark Barlow, with a first half drop goal from Louis Sheriff their sole score in the opening 40 minutes. 

Doncaster secured 3rd place and a home playoff semi-final with a 44-32 win against Workington Town at the Keepmoat Stadium. 

Jack Logan & Jack Sanderson scored braces for Doncaster, in a dress rehearsal for the playoffs. The two will meet again next weekend for a place in the League 1 Playoff Final. 

Oldham secured a playoff berth, winning 46-18 at Trailfinders Sports Ground against London Skolars. A hat-trick for Lee Kershaw and 5 goals for Paul Crook secured the win, meaning the Roughyeds will face Bradford at Odsal next week in the League 1 playoffs.

Coventry Bears secured a signature victory against Hunslet at Butts Park Arena, which ended Hunslets hopes of a Top 5 finish. Tries from Chris Barratt & Benjamin Gray secured the win, their seventh of the campaign, and sees the bears finish the season in 11th. 


Newcastle Thunder scored 18 tries and ended their season with a win as they beat West Wales Raiders 98-6. Four tries for Niall Sidney, a hat-trick for Tyler Craig and braces for Rory Nettleton, Ali Blair & Oliver Gowing secured the win.

Newcastle end the season with 14 points in 8th place, while West Wales Raiders fall to a winless season, and will be hoping to bounce back and improve next year.  

Keighley Cougars ended their season with a 24-22 win over North Wales Crusaders to end the season in 9th place. An Alfie Seeley effort in the last minute of time secured the win for the Cougars.