Cougars tamed as Skolars deliver stern lesson

FNL Programme Final

London Skolars ended a six-game losing streak in Betfred League One with a 20-6 victory at home to Keighley Cougars. Cheered on by their largest home crowd of the season, Skolars put in their best performance of the term to date in their annual ‘Friday Night Lights’ game.

London made a strong start to the game, scoring after five minutes when Neil Thorman put Sam Nash through a gap in the defence on the right, with Mike Bishay finishing off the move.

Two minutes later, Skolars went further ahead when Daymeric Pelo dummied before touching down on the left. Another attack down the right saw Nash score the hosts’ third try and London were only denied by a forward pass when they tried the same move on their next attack.

Omari Caro then got a hand to a pass to the wing and caught the ball on the second attempt, before racing 80 metres to the tryline for another Skolars try.

With heavy rain falling, London regularly kicked deep in the second half, ensuring Cougars had to play much of the game from their own half, whilst running into the wind. Both sides missed chances to score, with Pelo losing control of the ball with the tryline in sight, though at that stage all of the players were struggling to hold onto it.  Playing only his third game of the season, player-coach Jermaine Coleman kicked deep and Caro chased. However, the ball’s path diverted just before the tryline and as he altered his line, Caro collided with the posts, though fortunately avoided serious injury.

The travelling Keighley fans finally had something to cheer about when James Feather slipped past the defence, but a late rib injury to Davey Dixon may have further reduced Craig Lingard’s squad.

Neil Thorman kicked a late penalty to round off a happy evening for his side.

It was a welcome return to winning ways for Skolars, whose previous success had come on June 30 away to West Wales Raiders.

And London will hope to add to that win over Keighley by picking up another success when they vist Hunslet on Sunday.

Report by Andrew Jackson

Skolars Head Coach, Jermaine Coleman, has named his 19 man squad for the Friday Night Lights clash against Keighley Cougars, tonight 7pm at New River Stadium.



Omari Caro makes a return to the side along with Lamont Bryan, former Keighley men Vinny Finigan and Matt Ross. Coach Coleman is also called back into the side to replace the injured Jy-mel Coleman.

Tickets are available on the day at only £15 with gates opening at 4pm.

FNL Programme Final



FNL Programme Final


With only days until Friday Night Lights 2018,  the Skolars have announced the full match line-up and evening of activities.

New River Stadium will play host to 3 games with Political Animals v London SE at 4pm, with Haringey MP, Catherine West kicking off proceedings. At 5pm, Skolars Under 16’s will showcase a host of ‘London Origin’ selected players against a Elmbridge and Invicta Select team prior to the main game at 7pm as the London Skolars first team take on Keighley Cougars.

The clubs official ale partner, Caveman Brewery have sourced a range of Challenge Cup themed ales with ‘Kevin Brown Ale’, Dragon Ale and Origin Ale all making a guest one-off appearance under the summer lights.

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Live music will be provided by Quivering Lip from 6pm and a second set after the BIG game at 8.45pm alongside a BBQ, Mascord Brownz international merchandise stall and Skolar very own discount kit stall.

With over 5 hours of action on show, Friday Night Lights is the perfect warm-up to the 2018 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final.

Discounted tickets are available via ticket partners Eventbrite, here:  


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The Political Animals will once again kick off Challenge Cup Final weekend with their annual game against a London Select XIII as part of London Skolars’ Friday Night Lights event.

The Animals count Peers, MPs, councillors, parliamentary and political staff from across the political spectrum amongst their members, and aim to connect with politicians to promote rugby league and allow more people to experience the game.

Friday Night Lights is an annual event which kicks off the Challenge Cup Final weekend, and has become a regular fixture for the Animals. Following the Animals match, which kicks off at 4pm, London Skolars face Keighley Cougars.

Local Member of Parliament for Hornsey and Wood Green, and Political Animals Parliamentary Captain, Catherine West MP, will kick off the match. She said “I am delighted to welcome the Political Animals to my constituency once again, for their annual game against a London Select side.

“The Animals provide opportunities for politicians to see the impact that rugby league clubs have in their communities, and Friday Night Lights is a fitting celebration of everything that London Skolars do in my constituency.

“I encourage all rugby league fans to come down to support.”

Skolars General Manager, Simon Fox, said:

“Friday Night Lights is hugely popular in the London rugby league calendar and being able to showcase Masters alongside juniors and of course the first team, is a source of real pride for the club. It’s equally a pleasure to welcome Catherine West MP to kick off over 5 hours of entertainment at New River Stadium.”

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