15th August 2019, 13:15 | league_1

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Whitehaven are sitting top with three weeks left...

With three games of the regular League 1 season remaining Whitehaven sit at the top two points clear of nearest challengers Oldham after their crucial victory over Newcastle Thunder last weekend.

Whitehaven will be looking to maintain their place in the automatic promotion spot when they travel to Keighley Cougars on Sunday afternoon. Gary Charlton’s side are unbeaten in each of their last five League 1 outings and despite a draw in the Cumbrian derby last time out they have edged fell promotion hopefuls Oldham in this run. The Cougars have won three of their last seven and will look to continue their improvement under Rhys Lovegrove.

Buoyant from their victory over 3rd placed Newcastle Thunder, Oldham head into this weekend looking to keep pace with Oldham but they face a tough test as they welcome Doncaster to Bower Fold. Oldham have enjoyed a run of just one defeat in their last seven but did suffer a 31-0 hammering the last time they face the Dons. Doncaster currently occupy the final play-off spot and know a sixth consecutive victory would open up a three-point buffer from chasers Workington Town. 

Newcastle will be looking to return to winning ways and keep an outside chance of automatic promotion alive against Coventry Bears. Thunder’s loss last weekend was their first in their last eight outings and saw them slip below Oldham in the league. Coventry have struggled in recent weeks with losses against West Wales, Keighley and North Wales. The Bears will be looking for their first victory since 6th July.

Finally, there is a Welsh derby to kick-off this weekend’s League 1 action as West Wales host North Wales in search of their second victory of the 2019 season. The Raiders won their first-ever professional game last month but have since fallen to heavy defeats against Newcastle and Workington.

The Crusaders returned to winning ways last time out as they beat Coventry 33-16 and have proven their quality at times this season particularly with a 22-24 win at Whitehaven in late June. A win for North Wales would see them climb above London Skolars in Betfred League 1. 

Saturday 17th August

West Wales Raiders v North Wales Crusaders (3pm) 

Sunday 18th August

Keighley Cougars v Whitehaven RLFC (3pm)

Newcastle Thunder v Coventry Bears (3pm)

Oldham RLFC v Doncaster RLFC (3pm)