IN a fantastically-competitive Betfred League 1, London Skolars went top thanks to a 22-6 win against Doncaster at the New River Stadium — their fifth win in a row.
Their last defeat was a 34-4 reverse against Oldham at the Vestacare Stadium on March 24, after which Roughyeds boss Scott Naylor tipped them to produce a few shocks.
Since then they’ve beaten Workington Town, North Wales Crusaders and Doncaster at home and Coventry and Hunslet away.
They also picked up another point in an 18-18 home draw with Keighley Cougars — one of only three points dropped by the men from Cougar Park out of a possible 14.
The wins against Workington, Doncaster and Hunslet and the draw with Keighley — all heartland teams from the north — will have given them special satisfaction.
The top-six scramble for points and places continues today (Sunday) with these games:
North Wales Crusaders v Whitehaven; Newcastle Thunder v Keighley Cougars; OLDHAM v Coventry Bears; Workington Town v Hunslet.
Like the Skolars, Coventry have also had success against the ‘northern powerhouse’ teams in this most unpredictable of years, having beaten Newcastle and Workington Town.
“The team that is most consistent will win the league and go up automatically,
” said Oldham coach Scott Naylor, whose Roughyeds go into the game with two points more than Coventry but five fewer than leaders Skolars and with two games in hand.
Oldham can go third today if they beat the Bears and Hunslet lose at Workington.