Skolars Fans Forum – The Key Points

Prior to the last home game at the New River Stadium the Club held a fans’ forum in the Olympic Suite with guest speakers Head Coach Joe Mbu, General Manager Howard Kramer and Commercial Manager Pat Cluskey

Joe Mbu gave his thoughts on the opening weeks of the season as well as answering fans’ questions on a variety of issues including dual registration.

Howard Kramer spoke about the enforced ground move to Enfield Town’s QEII Stadium and the thought process behind the selection of the venue which is just five miles from New River.

Pat Cluskey distributed details of sponsorship opportunities that the move has opened up and over a dozen fans indicated a willingness to be part of the Skolars’ Supporters Club.

Suggestions for a central London venue for the first meeting have been requested and the venue and date of the next meeting will be confirmed shortly as will details of the first Supporters Club coach to an away fixture.

For further information on match day sponsorship at Enfield Town or the London Skolars Supporters Club please contact

Skolars won a tough local derby, despite being a man down for the last quarter of the game.

They had got off to a good start with Martyn Smith pushing through the defence from dummy half to score, Matt Bradley adding the conversion.

However they fell behind after the Stagas scored two tries. The first saw BJ Swindells pounce on a kick into the in-goal area that Skolars couldn’t defuse, followed soon afterwards by Dominic Maloney slipping the ball out to Mitch Barbera.

Skolars looked to have pulled a try back when Martyn Smith went over, but was adjudged not to have grounded the ball, and with Hemel’s positional kicking being considerably more incisive, Skolars struggled to mount any meaningful attacks.

But they took advantage of a Stags’ error early in the tackle count with Smith scoring a second try just before half-time to leave the score at 12 apiece.

After the restart, Skolars again scored early on. They looked to keep the ball alive on the sixth tackle with prop Louis Robinson ending up kicking the ball past the defence. Courtney Davies followed up with another short kick and Robinson followed up to put Skolars in the lead again.

Though the penalty count was low, there were a large number of dubious tackles from both sides that could have led to penalties and more as the level of tension and aggression rose. A late tackle by Sam Wellings saw him receive a red card, but that seemed to spur Skolars on and they quickly created an overlap on the left for Judd Greenhalgh to score. Bradley’s fourth conversion put Skolars 12-24 ahead, but again Hemel hit back with two tries in quick succession.

Firstly, Eddie M’Baraga forced his way though the Skolars defence after a Jy-Mel Coleman 40-20. After a lengthy stoppage for an injury to Barbera, Coleman kicked another 40-20 and another former Skolar touched down, this time it was Aaron Small on the left flank. Swindell’s fourth conversion levelled the scores.

Coleman missed a drop goal attempt on the next set of six, but Bradley was on target with the one-pointer when Skolars moved downfield. He then slotted over a penalty, but there was still time for Hemel to force an error at the kick-off and Skolars had to defend one last tackle before they could celebrate their second win in a week.

2 James Cameron
20 Eissad Al-Zubaidi
3 Aaron Small
4 Brown
5 James Hill
6 Jy-Mel Coleman
7 Mitch Barbera
8 Dominic Maloney
14 Evan Simons
25 James Howitt
11 BJ Swindells
13 Alex Ingerfield
10 Dan Ljazouli

Subs (all used)
18 Lee Hudson
16 Guy Aldam
15 Miles McLeod
23 Eddie Mbaraga

Tries: Swindell (11), Barbera (20), M’Barga (67), Small (75)
Goals: Swindells 4/4

1 Dennis Tuffour
5 John Paxton
19 Kazeem Fatouri
11 Anthony Cox
22 Judd Greenhalgh
6 Coutney Davies
7 Matt Bradley
34 Tely Pelo
9 Martyn Smith
30 Michael Sykes
13 Mike Worrincy
10 Dave Williams
21 Sam Wellings

Subs (all used)
29 Louis Robinson
8 Rob Thomas
28 Ryan MacDonald
18 Dion Chapman

Tries: Smith (3,37), Robinson (43), Greenhalgh (63)
Goals: Bradley 5/5
Drop Goal: Bradley
Sending off: Wellings (61) – late tackle

Penalty count: 7-8
Half-time: 12-12

Referee: Andrew Sweet
Attendance: 284

SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 6-6, 12-6, 12-12, 12-18, 12-24, 18-24, 24-24, 24-25, 24-27

Injuries contribute to Skolars’ loss at York




Skolars face local rivals Hemel Stags at Pennine  Way on Friday, KO 2.30pm in a eagerly awaited Kingstone Press Championship One fixture.

Hemel Stags are still missing Ben Thorburn (knee).

Troy Perkins, coach of Hemel Stags said: “There’s a fair bit of history between the two clubs. London have been the professional club in the area for a long time and we’ve aspired to get to that level.

“There’s a lot of feeling between the two teams and a healthy rivalry. There’s a lot of players that have played for both club, and they’ll all be out to do well against their former club.

“They’ve a good pack with a lot of Super League experience and that’s where their strength is. Our forwards have to be up for it and ready.”

Skolars coach Joe Mbu has no new injury concerns ahead of the clash.

Mbu said: “Rivals is probably the best way to describe the clubs, but our heads are screwed on – we know how important it is to pick up the points this week.

“In the second half against South Wales we showed what we could potentially be, but it’s easy to put up a good performance once in a while; the challenge is to perform like that every week.”

Three Skolars players were named in the Kingstone Press Championship 1 team of the week following their performances against South Wales Scorpions: Matt Bradley, Martyn Smith and James Woodburn-Hall.

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