🏉 London Skolars welcome Cornwall RLFC to New River Stadium with the hosts looking to make it back-to-back home wins in Befred League 1. Tickets are on sale here.
London Skolars got their new campaign underway in March with a traditional pre-season match at the Honourable Artillery Club. The Capital Challenge is an annual fixture played in the City of London and under sunny skies the Skolars squad for 2022 (see pictures below) put on an impressive performance against a spirited British Army RL team to finish up 52-18 winners.
The League One season proper (details below) started at New River Stadium on 2 April as London Skolars welcomed Hunslet to the New River Stadium. The visitors prevailed 28-10 which proved to be a sign of things to come with Skolars unable to register a win in their opening six matches of the campaign. However, the annual ‘Friday Night Lights’ fixture at the end of May will have done much to lift the mood in the Skolars camp after they registered a 38-16 victory over Oldham to move away from the foot of the table.
This afternoon’s visitors are Cornwall RLFC who are making their debut season in League 1 as they look to bring rugby league to the West Country. Thus far the Cornish team have found life tough as they await their first points of the campaign. The sides are scheduled to meet on 4 June at the Memorial Ground in Penryn which will be a useful pointer to today’s match.
👀 London Skolars – Ones to watch: Full-back Jarred Bassett is a former Southern Conference League player of the season and was man-of-the-match in the aforementioned Capital Challenge. Alex Deery – who plays at half-back – graduated from the London Broncos Academy and has been made vice-captain at just 20 years of age. Another younger player with a bright future is forward Christian Gale, who was recently been selected for the England Universities squad.
🕒 Match starts at 3pm.
🎟️ Tickets are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
🚊🚗 Travel tips: The closest station to New River Stadium is Wood Green underground station which is approximately one mile from the stadium. Wood Green is on the Piccadilly Line and a 15 minute journey from London King’s Cross. The W3 bus from Wood Green station stops very close to the Stadium. Use the Transport for London website here to plan your journey. If driving there is ample pay and display parking in the car parks located next to the main stand. Some free street parking is also available but this is limited. Please check all relevant signage before leaving your vehicle.
About League One: League One is the third tier in the men’s professional rugby league pyramid in England and Wales. The Championship and Super League being the second and top tiers respectively.
The League 1 season runs from March to September and consists of eleven teams. The top two sides at the end of the season will be promoted to the Championship, to be replaced by the two teams finishing bottom of the Championship table.
There are 11 sides in League One – joining the London Skolars (the capitals sole representatives) are Cornwall RLFC (making their debut season), Doncaster RLFC, Hunslet RLFC, Keighley Cougars, Midlands Hurricanes, North Wales Crusaders, Oldham RLFC, Rochdale Hornets, Swinton Lions and West Wales Raiders RL.
Teams in League 1 also take part in the Challenge Cup a knockout competition that runs throughout the season involving amateur, semi-professional and professional clubs. League 1 teams enter the competition at Round 3 and are joined by the Championship and Super League teams in the later rounds with the final in 2022 to be played at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on 28 May.