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Forster leaves but Haven add two forwards

Whitehaven have announced forward Carl Forster has left the club following the 2019 campaign.

Forster has elected not to sign a new contract in order to move closer to his St Helens home.

But they have acquired the services of forwards Tom Walker and Glenn Riley from Cumbrian neighbours Barrow Raiders.

Walker said “I just can’t wait to get started, I’ve been keeping an eye on the club all year and they’ve done great.

“I’m looking forward to working under Charlo & Jonty as I believe massively in a local based team and its working what they are doing.

“I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends and former team mates.

“Finally and most importantly retaining championship status and giving a few teams a shock especially when they have to travel up here to the Recre with the solid local team we have.”

Riley said “I’m delighted to have signed back at my home town club. It feels like there is a real buzz around the place and the club seems to be going from strength to strength.

Usually after a season you’re ready for a break and some down time but I can’t wait to get started ready for next season.

“I would like to thank every one at Barrow especially Paul Crarey and the players for making my last two years so enjoyable.”


Betfred League One Roundup: Whitehaven win the league


Coventry Bears 0-72 Whitehaven- A hat trick from Jordan Burns, two tries from Jake Moore, David Thompson and Calvin Phillips as well as other efforts from Marc Shackley, Chris Taylor, Carl Forster and Andrew Bulman won the game and the title for Whitehaven.

North Wales Crusaders 36-18 London Skolars- Two tries from Rob Massam and Stephen Wild as well as other efforts from Simon Atherton, Jonny Walker and Alex Eckley won the game for the Crusaders. The Skolars responded with tries from Liam Scott, Jordan Williams and Omari Caro, but they end the season with a defeat.


Hunslet 20-34 Oldham- A hat trick from Danny Langtree and other efforts from Danny Bridge and Paul Crook secured second place for Oldham. Hunslet responded with tries from Zach Braham, Jim Watson and Nathan Chappell, but they end the season with a defeat.

Keighley Cougars 22-32 Newcastle Thunder- Two tries from Alex Clegg, Nicholas Newman and Kieran Gill earned an impressive away win for Newcastle. The Cougars responded with two tries from Taylor Prell and other efforts from Kieran Moran and Davey Dixon, but they fall short at home.

Workington Town 4-30 Doncaster- Two tries from Tom Halliday and other efforts from Jason Tali, Matty Beharrell and Frankie Mariano win the game for Doncaster. Workington responded with a try from Caine Barnes, but they fall to a heavy defeat at home.

Betfred League One Review: Haven survive Doncaster tussle

Coventry Bears 20-48 Hunslet- Two tries for Gareth Potts and Reece Dean, as well as individual efforts from Tom Ashton, Josh Tonks, Nathan Chappell, Jimmy Watson and Dale Bloomfield got Hunslet’s promotion hopes back on track. The Bears responded with tries from Lewis Taylor, Reece Rance and Elliott Hall but they fell short in a brave fight.

Doncaster 12-22 Whitehaven- Two tries from Carl Forster and another for Andrew Bulman earned a crucial win for Whitehaven. The hosts responded with tries from Sam Doherty and Rangi Chase (playing his first game after returning from a drugs ban), but they fell just short in their chase of top spot.

Keighley Cougars 50-18 West Wales Raiders- A hat trick for Jack Miller, two tries for Benn Hardcastle and other efforts from Macauley Hallett, Will Cooke, Jamie Thackray and Jason Muranka earned the win for the Cougars. The Raiders responded with tries from Mitchell Shaw, Sam Baker and Morgan Evans, but they fall short in their battle for a first win.

Oldham 46-30 North Wales Crusaders- Two tries for Richard Hawkyard and Harry Aaronson and other efforts from Danny Bridge, Lee Kershaw, Matthew Wilkinson and Phil Joy earned the win for the hosts. The Crusaders responded with two tries from Rob Massam and other efforts from Ben Stead, Simon Atherton and Declan Gregory, but they fall just short.

Workington Town 32-22 London Skolars- Two tries from Jamie Doran and other efforts from Perry Singleton, Declan O’Donnell, Tyllar Mellor and Stevie Scholey earned a much needed win for Town. The Skolars responded with tries from Judd Greenhalgh, James Barran, and Iliess Macani, but it is another damaging defeat for them.

League One Review: Whitehaven and Oldham produce stunning performances


Both Whitehaven and Oldham produced brilliant performances to win the two games in League One today.

The Cumbrian side overcame London Skolars in a top of the table clash, as they ran in four second half tries to come from behind and beat the capital side.

Liam Scott had given London the lead before Dion Aiye levelled before the break.

Then second half tries from Carl Forster, James Newton,Brett Phillips and Aiye’s second secured a brilliant and perhaps significant victory for Whitehaven.

Oldham were able to thrash Keighley Cougars 52-12 away from home.

Liam Bent opened the scoring, before Gareth Owen doubled the lead soon after. Jack Miller then pulled one back for the Cougars, but it was only a consolation.

Tries from Paul Crook, Danny Langtree, Dave Hewitt and Zack McComb then put the visitors out of sight.

Miller grabbed a second try, but it was all the Cougars could produce.

Further tries from Jack Holmes and two from Emmerson Whittel sealed the game for the visitors, as they go just two points behind London Skolars in second.

Rochdale sack Forster


Rochdale Hornets have sacked Head Coach Carl Forster after a slow start in the Championship this season.

Forster leaves the side bottom of the Championship with just one win from their first 10 games.

The Hornets only appointed Forster at the start of the season after a highly successful stint in charge at Whitehaven.

In the meantime, Miles Greenwood and Lee Mitchell will take temporary charge of the Hornets on Sunday against Featherstone Rovers, until a replacement is found.

Challenge Cup Sunday: Four games off as York and Whitehaven cause upsets


The latest weather front hitting the UK has meant more games were lost today.

Coventry Bears vs. Pilkington Recs, North Wales Crusaders vs. Featherstone Rovers, Halifax vs. Oldham and Hunslet vs. Bradford Bulls were all called off today with the rearranged fixtures to be announced in due course.

As for the games that did go ahead, there were two big upsets; the first of which saw Whitehaven defeat Dewsbury Rams 25-18.

Two tries for Jessie Joe Parker, as well as tries from Carl Forster and Jason Mossop and a drop goal from Stuart Howarth won the game for the Cumbrian side.

Converted tries from Martyn Reilly, Jack Teanby and James Glover kept the Rams in the game, but they fall to lower league opposition.

Whitehaven will be hoping this win can kick start their League One campaign after two straight defeats to start the season. They host Hemel Stags next Sunday.

As for Dewsbury, their inconsistent start to the season was summed up in this game. They will hope there is no lasting damage when they travel to struggling Leigh Centurions next Sunday.


The other saw York City Knights complete a 26-12 victory over Championship side Swinton Lions.

Two tries from Judah Mazive as well as effort from Ben Cockayne and Tim Spears won the game for the League One side.

Converted tries from George Tyson and Rhodri Lloyd got the Lions on the board, but they head back to Greater Manchester with a defeat.

The Knights, who were unlucky not to get promotion from League One last season, will be hoping this win can give them a bit of momentum heading into the rest of the season. They host Keighley Cougars on Sunday.

As for the Lions, their winless start to the season continues after five straight defeats in the Championship. And it doesn’t get any easier for them as they host league leaders London Broncos next Sunday.


In the days other games, Barrow Raiders were victorious over Sheffield Eagles by 28 points to 16.

Tries from Ryan Fieldhouse, Joe Bullock, Jarrad Stack, Gene Ormsby on debut and Andy Litherland won the game for a Raiders side in fine form this season.

The Eagles responded with tries from Matty Fozard, Iliess Macani and Ryan Millar, but it wasn’t enough and they still await their first win of the season.

Barrow have had a dream start since being promoted back into the Championship. And they wont have to wait to get their teeth back into todays opponents as they meet again in Barrow on Sunday.


Leigh Centurions also just about received passage into the next round with a 8-4 win at Batley Bulldogs.

Ricky Bailey scored the only try of the game that separated the two sides.

The Centurions will be hoping this win can give them a bit of momentum in what has been a difficult start to life back in the Championship. They host Dewsbury Rams next Sunday.

As for Batley, they have had a mixed start to the season, and this game was a sentiment of that. They host Featherstone Rovers next Sunday.


And the London Broncos survived a scare to book their place in the next round with a 22-20 victory against Workington Town.

Two tries from Rhys Williams as well as tries from Apirana Pewhairangi and Tom Spencer won the game for the side from the Capital.

Two tries from Jamie Doran as well as an effort from Perry Singleton kept Leon Pryce’s side in it, but they couldn’t quite get over the line.

The Broncos are going into the season hoping to achieve their ultimate goal which is Super League promotion. They travel to Swinton Lions next Sunday.

As for Workington, they will be hoping having a multiple Super League winner in their ranks can propel their fortunes as they look to get back into the Championship. They travel to London Skolars next Saturday.

The draw for the next round of the Challenge Cup will be on Tuesday.