Cornwall RLFC


Betfred League 1 Round Four Preview

March 24, 2023

Coby Nichol in action for Cornwall – Cornwall Sports Media

Round Four of 2023 in Betfred League 1 begins on Sunday in the Duchy as the Choughs host London Skolars who make the trip west from the capital. 

Both sides are yet to register a league victory, with Skolars losing their opening three matches, meanwhile Cornwall have only played one game.

Skolars will be looking for a repeat of last year, as they completed the double over Cornwall. The first of which was a close 24-20 success in Cornwall for the capital side in Round 10.

North Wales will also be searching for their first win when Oldham travel across the border.

Crusaders have lost their three league matches; however, they have beaten the Royal Navy and Thatto Heath Crusaders in the Challenge Cup.

North Wales won both their meetings last year against Oldham and Rob Massam has been prolific against the Roughyeds with four tries in his last three appearances against Stuart Littler’s side. 

North Wales host Oldham on Sunday – SWPix

Oldham, who announced former Great Britain international Mike Ford as part of a new ownership consortium earlier today, were beaten late in the Challenge Cup away at Doncaster. However, they had impressed previously with a 62-18 hammering of London Skolars as Jordan Paga bagged a four-timer.

Dewsbury Rams will be looking to extend their 100 per cent record as they travel to Rochdale in one of two 3.00pm kick-offs.

The Rams produced a huge victory against Workington Town last time out as Perry Whiteley scored twice as the Rams left Cumbria with a 25-6 success.

Dewsbury have won their three previous meetings with Rochdale, including the 38-18 Challenge Cup third round contest just two weeks ago. Brad Graham scored a hat-trick as the Rams progressed into round four.

The Hornets, chasing a second win of the campaign welcomed Doncaster in Round Two and were narrowly beaten 20-10.

Rochdale take on league leaders Dewsbury – SWPix

Since then, Rochdale have followed up with a 32-24 away success at Midlands Hurricanes.

Andy Clarke scored twice on that occasion, as well as a try by former Hurricanes man, AJ Boardman also crossed.

The final match of the weekend will see Midlands Hurricanes welcome Workington Town to the Alexander Stadium.

Midlands got off to a perfect start, as they comfortably defeated Cornwall on the opening day.

Since then, the Hurricanes have lost two matches – at Dewsbury and then on home soil against Rochdale. 

For Anthony Murray’s Town, they will be looking to bounce back after suffering a home defeat to Dewsbury last Sunday.

Betfred League 1 Round Four Fixtures – Sunday unless stated

Cornwall vs London Skolars – 1.00pm

MIdlands Hurricanes vs Workington Town – 3.00pm

North Wales Crusaders vs Oldam – 2.30pm

Rochdale Hornets vs Dewsbury Rams – 3.00pm