4th July 2019, 11:08 | league_1
There are two huge fixtures this weekend in Betfred League One with each of the top four facing off against each other as the race for automatic promotion hots up.
Oldham travel to Whitehaven knowing that a victory would see them climb above the ‘Haven who have set the pace over the last two months in League One. The Roughyeds have won six of their last seven outings and are one of the form sides in the competition. Whitehaven recovered from consecutive defeats last weekend but have seen their grip on the top spot slowly slip in recent weeks.
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Both Newcastle Thunder and Hunslet – who sit 3rd and 4th – will be looking to maintain the pace with fellow automatic promotion hopefuls as they clash at Kingston Park. Alongside Oldham, Newcastle are enjoying a strong run which has seen them win four consecutive games with their last loss actually coming against this weekend’s opponents – Hunslet.
After a dominant start to the season, Gary Thornton’s side have been hit-and-miss over the past two months but will be hoping they can bring an end to the Thunder’s impressive run and possibly move themselves into 2nd place.
Doncaster are another side who have been in terrific form and have managed to pull themselves back into play-off contention. The Dons have won four of their last five League One outings and will be confident of extending that run when they face winless West Wales Raiders on Saturday. A win for Doncaster could see them climb into the top five.
London Skolars will be looking to ensure that doesn’t happen this weekend. The Skolars have slipped down to 5th in League One after some indifferent results and will be looking to regain their early season form when they host Coventry this weekend. The Bears are now five games without a victory.
After some crucial victories North Wales Crusaders have given themselves a chance at snatching a play-off spot but they will know this weekend’s clash against Workington is pivotal to maintaining their push for a place in the top five.
North Wales earned a shock victory over Whitehaven a fortnight ago before following up with a 14-6 win over Keighley while Workington – who sit two points above North Wales and three from the top five – have lost their last two outings against Oldham and Newcastle, respectively.
Saturday July 6
London Skolars v Coventry Bears (3pm)
West Wales Raiders v Doncaster RLFC (3pm)
Sunday July 7
North Wales Crusaders v Workington Town (2:30pm)
Hunslet RLFC v Newcastle Thunder (3pm)
Whitehaven RLFC v Oldham RLFC (3pm)