7th July 2019, 17:17 | league_1

Whitehaven move clear at top of League 1

Whitehaven move clear at top of League 1

Betfred League 1 round-up

Whitehaven RLFC won the battle of the top two in Betfred League 1 as they edged out Oldham RLFC 16-10 to move two points clear at the summit.

Oldham could have overhauled their hosts with victory at the Recreation Ground and went ahead at the break through Scott Law's converted try for the only score of the first half.

David Thompson's converted try and penalty, both kicked by Connor Holliday, put Haven in front but Zach McComb hit back to nudge Oldham ahead.

However, Jordan Burns went over to put Whitehaven back in the ascendency, which he converted, before the winger sealed the win with a late penalty.

Newcastle Thunder climbed up to second in the table following a 26-12 triumph at Hunslet RLFC.

James Woodburn-Hall and Joe Brown traded early tries before a Reece Dean penalty and Josh Tonks score raced Hunslet into a 12-4 lead.

But that proved to be their last action on the scoreboard as Rhys Clarke, Evan Simons, Kieran Gill and Keale Carlile all crossed for Thunder, with Matthew Wright adding three goals.

Doncaster RLFC remain in play-off contention after they cruised to a 72-0 rout at West Wales Raiders, who remain without a point after 14 rounds.

Doncaster ran in 14 tries with nine different scorers, with winger Sam Doherty grabbing four and Connor Bower earning a hat-trick as Jordie Hedges kicked eight goals.

North Wales Crusaders secured their third-successive victory and dented Workington Town's outside chances of reaching the play-offs with a comfortable 30-18 victory at Queensway Stadium.

Coventry Bears recorded their first win in six League 1 matches following a 36-20 success at play-off hopefuls London Skolars.

London Skolars 20-36 Coventry Bears
West Wales Raiders 0-72 Doncaster RLFC
North Wales Crusaders 30-18 Workington Town
Hunslet 12-26 Newcastle Thunder
Whitehaven RLFC 16-10 Oldham