1st September 2019, 19:31 | league_1
Whitehaven moved a step closer to gaining automatic promotion with an emphatic 74-6 win against Betfred League 1's bottom club West Wales Raiders on Sunday.
Haven go into the final round of fixtures with a two-point lead over Oldham at the summit after running in 13 tries against their visitors.
Sam Forrester crossed for three tries, while Jordan Burns, Dave Thompson and Andrew Bulman touched down twice apiece and Jake Moore achieved a 24-point personal haul.
This was West Wales' final match of a campaign in which they have won only one fixture.
Haven face Coventry Bears next weekend as they look to wrap up their promotion to the Betfred Championship.
Oldham remain hot on their tails after a 50-6 win at Coventry on Sunday, as eight different try scorers touched down to tame the Bears.
Danny Langtree went over twice, while Paul Crook split the posts on seven occasions in a big win at Butts Park Arena.
Third-placed Newcastle Thunder will now have to settle for a place in the play-offs despite their 46-22 win against North Wales Crusaders on Sunday.
📊 Today’s results mean North Wales Crusaders fall short of the play-offs... while the race for automatic promotion goes to the final weekend! pic.twitter.com/HrWpsMbJlX— Rugby Football League (@TheRFL) September 1, 2019
Crusaders' defeat and a 30-16 win for Workington Town at Hunslet means no team can climb into the top six on the final weekend.
In the day's other fixture, fifth-placed Doncaster were 48-12 winners against second bottom Keighley Cougars.
London Skolars, who are not in the play-off picture, did not play this weekend.
Coventry Bears 6-50 Oldham
Doncaster 48-12 Keighley Cougars
Hunslet 16-30 Workington Town
Newcastle Thunder 46-22 North Wales Crusaders
Whitehaven 74-6 West Wales Raiders