20th September 2019, 14:00 | league_1

Betfred League 1 Preview

Betfred League 1 Preview

The Betfred League 1 play-offs continue this weekend with two sides looking to secure their place in the promotion final and the other two aiming to keep their hopes alive. 

Sunday afternoon’s double-header kicks off as Oldham – who finished the regular season in 2nd spot – host Doncaster with a place in the League 1 promotion play-off final up for grabs.  

The losers will have a second chance next weekend, at home to the winners of the second of Sunday’s double-header between Newcastle Thunder and Workington Town. 

Oldham’s league finish meant they had a week off last weekend while Doncaster earned an impressive 6-20 victory at Kingston Park against Newcastle. The Dons’ defensive display was key to their success however it is their attacking prowess which could cause issues this weekend. 

The mid-season addition of former Man of Steel Rangi Chase has given Doncaster another dimension in attack alongside the already dangerous Watson Boas and Matty Beherall. In Head Coach Richard Horne they have a former Challenge Cup winner and Super League Grand Finalist who is now deep into his third season at the helm.

In the opposing dugout Scott Naylor is leading his Oldham side into the League 1 play-offs knowing he will depart the club at the end of the season. The former Wigan, Salford and Bradford man guided Oldham to promotion back in 2015 and could end his stint at the Vestacare Stadium by repeating the feat. 

Oldham come into the play-offs on the back of six consecutive victories while Doncaster have won five of their last six fixtures, including last week’s play-off at Kingston Park. The Dons’ only defeat during this period came at the Vestacare Stadium, 40-14 in mid-August.

In the other fixture, Workington will be looking to claim another scalp on the road following their win over Hunslet last Sunday. Chris Thorman’s side have found form at the business end of the season having lost just one of their last seven outings.

As for Newcastle, they will be looking to bounce back from last week’s disappointing loss and continue their push for a place in the Championship. Their defeat last week was their first since early August, but they did earn a comfortable 48-10 victory over Workington the last time the sides met. 

You can watch both games LIVE on Our League on Sunday from 2pm.