League One Champions: Whitehaven

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This year, Whitehaven achieved their goal of promotion back to the Championship after two seasons away.

Gary Charlton’s side came into the season hoping to build on last season’s disappointment of missing out on the playoffs on points difference to Oldham.

One positive is that there was two less teams to navigate past, as Hemel Stags dropped out of the league and no sides came down from the Championship.

They started the season well, having won 10 of their first 11 games, their only defeat coming against Oldham.

They did have a little wobble, like some teams do, as they lost back to back games against Newcastle Thunder and North Wales Crusaders.

However, they then went on another run, which included precious and impressive wins against promotion rivals Hunslet and Oldham. They also claimed a draw against Cumbrian rivals Workington Town.

They were unbeaten for the rest of the season, and confirmed their entry back into the Championship, after a big win at Coventry Bears in the final round of the season.

Haven will head into the Championship off the back of an incredible season, which only saw them drop eight points. They won 15 out of 20 games and had the best defence in the competition.

They have a lot of young players, some of whom have come from the amateur ranks, and that rawness they could provide could make them a dangerous proposition going forward.

Their first game sees them host Swinton Lions at the Rec in February.

 

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