17th August 2018, 10:14 | league_1

Betfred League 1: Round 22 Preview

Betfred League 1: Round 22 Preview

Round 22 of League 1 kicks off at the Recreation Ground, Whitehaven this weekend as Whitehaven meet Doncaster with the Dons seeking to cement their place in the League 1 Playoffs and get more breathing space between themselves and the Marras.

The Dons comfortably beat London Skolars 38-6 last time out, while the Cumbrian side were beaten by Oldham.

Carl Forster’s men will be looking to draw level on points with the South Yorkshire outfit with a win.

Hemel welcome North Wales Crusaders to Pennine Way, with the Stags looking to get just their third win of the season.

Both sides are looking to improve upon performances in Round 21, with Hemel falling to Hunslet 54-6 and Crusaders losing 48-0 to league leaders Bradford Bulls.

Bulls welcome Workington Town to Odsal, with the Bulls looking to avenge a 17-16 loss to Town in Round 6.

Workington are in good form, winning their last 4 matches and will be seeking to repeat their heroics against the 2004 World Club Champions and bring two points back to West Cumbria.

Newcastle Thunder will be looking to gain their first win of the season against the current top 5 at Kingston Park in Round 22, when they take on Oldham.

After a disappointing 24-16 loss to Keighley last time out, Thunder will be looking to notch their 11th win of the season.

Scott Naylor’s men will be looking to draw level on points with 3rd place Workington Town after an impressive 20-0-win last week against Whitehaven.

West Wales Raiders face Coventry Bears at Stebonheath Park, with the Raiders looking to register their first win of what has been a frustrating campaign.

The Bears were beaten 40-16 in Round 21 against Workington, while the Raiders were beaten heavily for the second time against York City Knights.

James Ford’s York City Knights have held pre-season favourite Bradford Bulls to an exhilarating title race in the 2018 League 1 season so far and are still hopeful of pipping the Bulls to the automatic promotion spot.

To do that, they’ll have to keep up their 10-match unbeaten run against 7th placed Hunslet.

The Parksiders are in a competitive race themselves, level on points with Doncaster and on the cusp of the playoff places.

Sunday: Whitehaven vs Doncaster (14:00), Hemel Stags vs North Wales Crusaders (14:00), Bradford Bulls vs Workington Town (15:00), Newcastle Thunder vs Oldham (15:00), West Wales Raiders vs Coventry Bears (15:00)