Betfred League 1 Round-Up
June 30, 2022
Betfred League 1 moves to its 13th round this coming weekend with the first match taking place in the Duchy as Cornwall RLFC host Hunslet.
The Choughs will take on Alan Kilshaw’s Parksiders in high spirits after claiming a first ever professional win last time out.
Cornwall travelled to Llanelli to take on the West Wales Raiders and came away from Stebonheath Park with a well-deserved 24-4 triumph.
A quick-fire brace from Harry Aaronson within the first 15 minutes put Cornwall into control and a further Liam Whitton try, converted by Jamie Prisk, put the visitors 14-0 ahead.
Before the turnaround, Ben Jackson did cross the whitewash for West Wales who started the second half strongly. However, Cornwall kept the hosts at bay and added further tries from Joe Purcell and Whitton to claim a famous victory.
Whilst Cornwall were picking up two competition points in Wales, Hunslet were hosting Rochdale in round 12.
Hoping to build on their wonderful win over North Wales Crusaders prior to the Hornets crossing into Yorkshire, Hunslet were 10-0 behind inside five minutes.
Gregg McNally and Aiden Roden registered for Rochdale who further increased their advantage shortly after through Rob Worrincy. Jimmy Watson’s try, converted by Jake Sweeting, did give Hunslet hope just before the break.
But any chance of a Hunslet comeback was thwarted as Rochdale kicked on. They scored two further tries without reply through Zac Baker and Paul Brearley to kill off Kilshaw’s troops.
Oli Burton did cross next for Hunslet but Cobi Green responded in kind although the final 10 minutes did belong to the home side. Brearley was sent to the sin bin by referee Liam Rush for interference and Hunslet capitalised.
Prop Harvey Hallas and winger Jack Render both breached the Rochdale rearguard and with Sweeting keeping his 100 per cent record from the tee, the Hornets would only prevail 34-22.
Rochdale are one of eight teams to play this coming Sunday as they travel to Portway to face Midlands Hurricanes. The Birmingham based outfit were not in action last weekend and this week, have announced that founder Alan Robinson has sold his stake in the club to Mike Lomas.
The battle between the top and bottom sides in League 1 sees West Wales Raiders face the daunting task of a trip to Keighley Cougars.
The leaders’ imperious march towards the Championship continued last weekend with a 62-0 home rout of struggling Oldham. Jake Miller, Mo Agoro and Nathan Roebuck all bagged braces in an 11 try romp. Recent recruits Junior Sa’u and Eddy Pettybourne both made their Cougars bow with the former scoring on his debut.
Possibly the most intriguing League 1 fixture of round 13 takes place at Heywood Road with Doncaster the opponents for Swinton Lions.
Both teams were victorious last weekend with the Dons ensuring North Wales’ miserable run of form continues.
It’s now three consecutive defeats for the Crusaders who were defeated 26-18 in Colwyn Bay. Leading 22-6 at the break, Doncaster saw off a Crusaders fightback and added two further penalties from star man Ben Howe to triumph.
Swinton overcame a potential banana skin at London Skolars to win 48-22 and keep hold of second place. The Lions raced into a 30-0 lead and despite the ever-improving hosts finally growing into the game, Swinto were good value for their win.
The Skolars face the long trip west to North Wales Crusaders searching for a third consecutive away win on the bounce after previous triumphs over Cornwall and West Wales.