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20th May 2019, 15:10 | league_1
Victories this past weekend for both Whitehaven and London Skolars mean their meeting next weekend will be a battle for top spot in Betfred League One.
Skolars and ‘Haven have both won six games this season however the latter having played one less fixture are perceived to have the slight advantage, but that could change should London continue their fine run of form.
Jermaine Coleman’s men got the League One weekend underway on Saturday afternoon with a 22-6 win over fellow promotion hopefuls Doncaster.
Iliess Macani, Jacob Ogden and Rinaldo Palumbo were all on the scoresheet for the Skolars while the Dons solitary try came through Brad England.
Whitehaven made it six games without a loss with a 28-14 win over strugglers North Wales Crusaders. Tries from Sam Forrester, Sam Dowsett, Chris Taylor and Callum Phillips put the Cumbrians on their way.
North Wales did tease a comeback when Kenneth Baker and Rob Massam crossed within three minutes of each other, but Andrew Bulman completed the scoring and a controlled Whitehaven display.
Newcastle Thunder earned a 40-12 victory over in-form Keighley Cougars in front of a strong crowd of 1,423 at Kingston Park.
Mo Agoro, Kieran Gill and Carne Doyle-Manga all notched braces for Newcastle alongside a try from Remy Marginet. Jack Miller and Davey Dixon’s tries meant Keighley only trailed by four points at half-time, but a dominant second half display from Newcastle was too much.
Thunder currently sit 5thin League One but climb into the top four should they beat Hunslet next weekend.
Hunslet slipped to a 12-4 defeat against Workington this weekend meaning they have now lost four of their last five in all competitions following a promising start to the season.
Tom Curwen and Gordon Maudling were Town’s scorers as Chris Thorman continued his strong start at the helm. Gareth Potts was Hunslet’s only try-scorer.
This Saturday's home fixture against @Roughyeds is our Cancer Awareness game.— Keighley Cougars (@Cougarmania) May 20, 2019
The idea is the brainchild of Chairman Mick O'Neill, who here tells us about the idea as well as his own personal battle with cancer. #CDQ #OurTownOurTeam pic.twitter.com/VC0uvYg9xC
The Cougars will be looking to bounce back next weekend as they host Oldham on Saturday evening in their Cancer Awareness fixture.
Oldham were also big winners at the weekend as they defeated Coventry Bears 34-18 meaning they trail the two pacesetters by three points. The Roughyeds raced into a 22-0 lead thanks to Dave Hewitt, Danny Langtree and Matthew Wilkinson.
The Bears improved after the break scoring through Kameron Pearce-Paul, Elliot Hall and Sam Davis but additional tries for Oldham via Danny Bridge and Ritchie Hawkyard made it back-to-back wins for the hosts.
Next week’s League One Fixtures:
Saturday May 25
Whitehaven RLFC v London Skolars
Keighley Cougars v Oldham RLFC
Sunday May 26
Coventry Bears v North Wales Crusaders
Doncaster RLFC v West Wales Raiders
Newcastle Thunder v Hunslet RLFC