Thunder victory sees Roughyeds drop to third

Date published: 22 July 2019

Newcastle Thunder’s 34-16 win against London Skolars at Kingston Park lifted the Geordie boys to second place and pushed Oldham Roughyeds down to third in the mad scramble at the top of Betfred League 1.

It means Oldham’s clash with Newcastle at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday, August 11 in the local outfit’s next home game will be crucial in the continuing battle for first or second place.

Thunder are already advertising the game as one of their biggest in recent years and are planning to run coaches to Oldham in an attempt to get a large following at the Vestacare Stadium.

“The Thunder Army will be mobilising its support,” claims the club.

“As a clash between the two nearest challengers to table-toppers Whitehaven, it’s a game that is shaping up to be absolutely pivotal in the title aspirations of both clubs.”

Though Roughyeds are now third they’re still the division’s top scorers, having amassed a total of 488 points to Newcastle’s 487.

With five games remaining, Oldham go to London Skolars on Saturday, August 3 and then play two crucial home games against Newcastle on Sunday, August 11 and Doncaster on Sunday, August 18.

They bring the regular season to a close with successive away games at Coventry on September 1 and Hunslet on September 8.

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