League One Review: Crusaders stun league leaders

Whitehaven 22-24 North Wales Crusaders

It was the league leaders who started faster and got the first try after 15 minutes through Marc Shackley. Jake Moore converted to put Whitehaven six points ahead.

But the Crusaders came back well and took the lead thanks to tries from Earl Hurst and Ken Baker. One of which was converted by Lewis Fairhurst, meaning the North Wales side led by four points.

However, the leaders showed their credentials as they retook the lead thanks to two tries from Scott McAvoy. Moore converted both efforts to give Haven breathing space at 10 points in front.

Once again, the Crusaders hit back just before the break as Rob Massam got through and scored. Fairhurst converted the try, meaning there were just two points in the contest heading into the break.

In a tight second half, Haven thought they sealed the game with just ten minutes to go as Callum Phillips managed to go through. It was unconverted, meaning they led by six points.

But the Crusaders had one more shock in them as Massam grabbed his second before Karl Ashall went over in the last minute to snatch victory for the Crusaders.

Workington Town 16-26 Oldham

It was Oldham who started the quicker in this one as Dave Hewitt got through and scored. He then converted his own try to make it the perfect start, inside three minutes.

But Town, who still hold playoff ambitions of their own, came roaring back as Gordon Maudling and Perry Singleton struck within two minutes each other. Jamie Doran added one conversion, meaning they held a four point lead.

Oldham, who are starting to chase down top spot, came back again shortly after as Danny Langtree scored on 17 minutes. Hewitt scored the conversion and then added a penalty to make it a four point advantage going into the break.

It soon got even better for the Roughyeds as Langtree scored again 11 minutes into the second half. Hewitt added the conversion again to put them into a 10 point lead.

Once again, Workington found a way back as Sean Penkywicz managed to get through this time. Doran kicked the conversion to leave the game hanging on a knife edge heading into the business end.

But Oldham were able to seal victory as Ritchie Hawkyard managed to break through and score. Hewitt completed a fine personal day for him by finishing with a 100 per cent record with the boot.

League Table

  1. Whitehaven 17
  2. Hunslet 16
  3. Oldham 16
  4. Newcastle Thunder 15
  5. London Skolars 15
  6. Doncaster 12
  7. Workington Town 12
  8. North Wales Crusaders 8
  9. Coventry Bears 6
  10. Keighley Cougars 1
  11. West Wales Raiders 0

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