Skolars Celebrate First League Win Of The Season

Skolars recorded their first league victory in the league this season with an impressive win against third placed Hornets with scrum half Dylan Skee setting a new club records for points in a game (click here for details).

Skolars defended well against some sustained attacks, five times stopping a power play in side their 10 metre line in the second half. Coach Joe Mbu was delighted with the victory. “We’ve worked hard all year on goal line defence and it paid off today when we dealt with back to back sets. We stuck in when we made mistakes and backed up with a good defensive effort”.

Those mistakes looked like they would cost Skolars dear early on with two Jy-Mel Coleman passes leading to interceptions. Craig Johnson was brought down from the first but Andy Saywell race 75 metres from the second to score down the left.

However, Skolars took the lead when quick passing from the base of scrum found Ade Adebisi in space and the winger raced 70 metres to score.

Coleman made amends for those interceptions with a penalty kick that took his side from their own 20 metre line to within 15 metres from the Rochdale line, but that position his pass to Lamont Bryan went to ground. Rochdale advanced upfield and a enjoyed a period of possession close to Skolars line after Dylan Skee had tried to steal possession at a play-the-ball. Richard Mervill took advantage to power over with Paul Crook adding the extras.

The lead was shortlived. Lamont Bryan moved into the attacking line to take the ball at pace from 10 metres out to score. Then the Hornets were transfixed as he ran onto Coleman’s grubber kick to score under the posts for a second try in three minutes.

That saw Skolars go into the break with an eight point lead. They might have extended it but trialist Michael Brown was adjudged offside when he took a high ball to release Aaron Small. Scott Yates was adjudged offside at the other end and then he and Steven Roper went close. When Craig Ashall made a looping run to score on the left the gap was just two points and it looked like Hornets would start to take control when an Adam Bowman break saw them get downfield before Roper’s kick saw Yates time his run successfully.

Skolars bounced straight back when they dislodged the ball in the second tackle. Austen Aggrey stormed through to score and Skee’s conversion gave them a narrow lead. Having his best game whilst on loan from Quins, Bryan made a break from half way before a beautifully timed pass for Skee to score his first try. Hornets responded with a kick-off that Dave Arnot just couldn’t stop finding touch, but Skolars defence held out and as the Londoners advanced, a penalty saw Skee add two more points. That meant Hornets having to score twice and they gained possession with another kick-off that bounced out of Arnot’s clutches. Dean Gorton was then bundled into touch.

Skolars made the game safe when Gareth Honor darted under the defence to touchdown with three minutes to go. The game last season saw tempers flare, and whilst this game didn’t see the same needling play, a high tackle from Richard Mervill saw him receive a red card. There was just enough time for Dylan Skee to score his second try, with his eighth successful kick giving him a 24 point haul – breaking the club record for points in a game in the professional era.

Photograph above courtesy of Keith Millar

LONDON SKOLARS

3 James Anthony

18 Aaron Small

30 Michael Brown

17 Dave Arnot

5 Ade Adebisi

6 Jy-Mel Coleman

7 Dylan Skee

25 Austen Aggrey

9 Gareth Honor

22 Saqib Murtza

37 Jaroslaw Obuchowski

15 Olly Purslow

35 Lamont Bryan

 

Subs (all used)

32 Sam Gee

36 John Paxton

34 Michael Sykes

31 Dave Williams

 

Tries: Adebisi (16), Bryan (31,34), Aggrey (59), Skee (67,80), Honor (77)

Goals: Skee 8/8

 

HORNETS

5 Scott Yates

2 Craig Johnson

3 Dean Gorton

17 Dale Bloomfield

15 Paul Crook

7 Steven Roper

18 John Cookson

6 Liam McGovern

8 Dave Newton

10 Adam Bowman

13 Dayne Donoghue

11 Craig Ashall

 

Subs (all used)

32 Danny Ekis

35 Richard Mervill

21 Mark Hobson

4 Matt Strong

 

Tries: Saywell (10), Mervill (28), Ashall (54), Yates (57)

Goals: Crook 3/4

Sending off: Mervill (79) – high tackle

 

Penalty count: 6-7

 

Half-time: 18-10

Referee:  Craig Halloran

Attendance: 290

 

The Mall Wood Green Man of the Match: Dylan Skee

 

SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-4, 6-4, 6-10, 12-10, 18-10, 18-22, 24-22, 30-22, 32-22, 38-22,44-22

Skolars Juniors enjoyed a hat-trick of wins on Saturday and making the achievment even more impressive was the fact that all three teams won away.

Under 14’s coach Paul Thorman took his squad to Hemel and came away with a resounding 42-8 win. Under 16’s coach Graeme Spencer and his squad took their unbeaten away record to Staines and won a close fought encounter 28-20. The 16’s are pictured above celebrating their victory.

Finally the Under 18’s, coached by Neil Thorman, had the longest journey, playing at Eastern Rhinos, but theirs was the most emphatic win, 62-20.

A great effort  by all three squads and their coaches.

London Skolars now have only a few tickets remaining for the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final, to be played at Wembley on Saturday the 27th August.

These are priced at £26 each and will be sold on a strictly first come first served basis. If you are interested in purchasing Cup Final Tickets please call the Skolars office on 020 8888 8488.

The evening before the Final is, of course, the traditional Friday Night Lights event at New River when Skolars play host to Keighley Cougars. Information on Friday Night Lights can seen in our events section and tickets are already on sale in the club’s online ticket office

Click here to enter Skolars online ticket Shop

The Co-operative Championships KIDS GO FREE initiative, which began over the Easter holiday period  has proven to be a big success, attracting familes to Championship and Championship 1 fixtures all over the country.

The scheme, launched at the start of the season, aims to ease the financial burden on families and engage more people in the sport of Rugby League by enabling children under 16 to gain free entry with a paying adult to all Co-operative games during the schools holidays.
This coming Sunday, the 29th May, Skolars are at home to Rochdale and KIDS GO FREE offer is valid for this match. Tickets are priced at £12 for adults and £6 for concessions so it’s a great chance for families to take in professional Rugby League.

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