Monday Digest: League One


As the race to get into the Championship heats up, what did we learn this week in League One?

Whitehaven and Skolars continue to set the pace

Two surprise contenders are emerging at the top of League One with Whitehaven and London Skolars are currently setting the pace at the top.

The Skolars were triumphant on Saturday as they beat Doncaster comfortably at home.

Tries for Iliess Macani, Jacob Ogden and Ronny Palumbo kept the pressure on the Cumbrians Whitehaven at the top of League One.

South Yorkshire side Doncaster responded through Brad England, but made the long journey back up north empty handed.

As for Whitehaven, they travelled over the border to take on North Wales Crusaders and came away with a 28-14 win.

Tries from Sam Forrester, Sam Dowsett, Chris Taylor, Callum Phillips and Andrew Bulman won the game for the Cumbrians.

The Crusaders responded with tries from Kenny Baker and Rob Massam, but they are left in ninth place.

Oldham keeping the distance

Oldham are keeping up the pace with the top two, and did it with a convincing 34-18 win at home to Coventry Bears.

Two tries for Danny Langtree, and other efforts from Dave Hewitt, Matthew Wilkinson, Danny Bridge and Richard Hawkyard earned the Greater Manchester side a well earned victory.

The Bears responded with tries from Kameron Pearce-Paul, Elliott Hall and Sam Davies, but they headed back to the Midlands empty handed.

Workington  creeping back up

Workington Town seem to be recovering well from their slow start to the season, which saw the departure of Head Coach Leon Pryce.

This recovery gained momentum with an impressive 12-4 win over early season pace setters Hunslet.

The game was settled thanks to tries from Tom Curwen and Gordon Maudling. A solitary try for Gareth Potts was all Hunslet could offer in response.

Newcastle add to Keighley misery

Newcastle Thunder thrashed Keighley Cougars on Sunday to leave the West Yorkshire side on negative points.

Two tries each for Mo Agoro, Kieran Gill and Carne Doyle-Manga and another effort for Remy Marginet earned the win for the Thunder.

The Cougars responded through Jack Miller and Davey Dixon, but their already turbulent season suffered another setback.

Final Table

  1. Whitehaven 13
  2. London Skolars 13
  3. Oldham 10
  4. Hunslet 10
  5. Newcastle Thunder 9
  6. Workington Town 8
  7. Doncaster 6
  8. Coventry Bears 6
  9. North Wales Crusaders 4
  10. West Wales Raiders 0
  11. Keighley Cougars -1

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