League One Friday: Crusaders, Skolars, Cougars and Whitehaven claim local bragging rights


Good Friday saw a full schedule in League One, many of which were derbies.

The first of which saw London Skolars beat London rivals Hemel Stags 18-12.

Tries from Jymel Coleman and Eddie Mbaranga as well as three penalties from Neil Thorman won the game for the Skolars- their first of the season.

Two tries from Braden Hunter, which he also converted, was all the Stags had in response.

Elsewhere, Keighley Cougars won a West Yorkshire derby against Leeds side Hunslet.

Two tries for Nathan Conroy as well as efforts from Lewis Fairhurst, Ryan Wright, Brad Nicholson and Adam Ryder won the game for the Cougars.

While Hunslet were on the board thanks to tries from Joe Sanderson, who also added three goals, Nathan Chappell, Jimmy Watson and Lewis Reed, but they couldn’t quite get close to the Cougars.

While North Wales Crusaders started life without Mike Grady with an emphatic 54-6 win over West Wales Raiders.

Two tries for Dale Bloomfield, Jack Houghton and James Dandy as well as further tries from Lee Hudson, Aaron Moore, Simon Atherton and Danny Price earned the huge win for the Crusaders.

Connor Farrer scored the only try for the struggling Raiders.

Elsewhere, Whitehaven completed a famous victory over their local rivals Workington Town.

A try from Dave Thompson and a late effort from Chris Taylor won the game for the Cumbrian side.

A Jordan Tansey try and four penalties from Jamie Foster did seem to give Leon Pryce’s side the points, but they couldn’t hold on.

Away from derbies, Newcastle Thunder travelled to Coventry Bears and won 32-18.

A hat trick from Tee Ritson and further tries from Lewis Young and Aaron Ollett gave the Thunder victory as they continue their fine start to the season.

Coventry stayed in the game thanks to tries from James Mason, Errol Carter and Ben Stead, but they fall to defeat at home.

In a battle of south Yorkshire vs. north Yorkshire, it was the north that came out on top as York City Knights defeated Doncaster 16-14.

Tries from Sam Scott and Will Jubb as well as five two penalties from Connor Robinson won the game for the Knights.

Doncaster stayed in the game thanks to tries from Sam Doherty and Cameron Scott, but they fall short for the first time this season.

And lastly, Bradford Bulls remain on the right track after defeating fellow relegated side Oldham 30-12 at Odsal.

Two tries for Dalton Grant as well tries from Elliot Minichella and Dane Chisholm won the game for the Bulls.

Tries from Kyran Johnson and Craig Briscoe were just mere consolation for Oldham.

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