27th June 2017

Kingstone Press League 1 – 24 June 2017

London Skolars 10 Barrow Raiders 20


Skolars pushed third placed Barrow hard, but the defeat meant that they will have to win their last three game for a chance to make the top eight when the league splits into two in Mid-July.


Both sides forced goal-line drop outs early on, but it was Skolars that took the lead when player coach Jermaine Coleman slipped out a short to Lamont Bryan that opened up the defence. Jy-Mel Coleman added the conversion.


Skolars conceded a penalty close to their own line and the Cumbrians levelled the scores when Martin Aspinwall ducked underneath a tackle before passing to Oliver Wilkes, who scored under the posts, Lewis Charnock added the extras.


Skolars regained the lead Jy-Mel Coleman’s pass gave Josh Allison some room to attack and score on the right, though Coleman missed the conversion. The lead didn’t last long, an error again giving the Raiders a chance to attack. Nathan Mossop looked to his left five metres out and the defence moved before he’d had a chance to dummy, he strolled over and Lewis Charnock converted. Charnock added a penalty a few minutes later.


The half ended with Skolars camped on the Barrow line, with the referee calling half-time with over a minute showing on both timekeepers stopwatches. If he hadn’t heard the hooter at the start of the game, he certainly heard it before the start of the second half, along with sarcastic cheers from the crowd.


Barrow had a couple of early chances to go further ahead, Declan Hulme being caught after Nathan Mossop made a good break, and Charnock losing control of a pass from Matty While close to the tryline. They extended the lead with another penalty.


Skolars also went close, Bryan was tackled short of the line and a penalty was awarded, but something was clearly said and the second rower was sin-binned. His side dominated the game in his absence, with debutant Jordan Williams making a 30 metre break and only being denied a try because the referee blew for a high shot as Williams took the ball a metre from the line. They chose to run the ball at a penalty, but the Raiders were prepared to conceded drop-outs and keep defending.


With Charnock off with for head injury assessment, Jamie Dallimore kicked penalty goals in the last five minutes, leaving Skolars frustrated again.



  7 Mike Bishay

  2 Sam Nash

24 Michael Brown

  4 Lameck Juma

22 John Paxton

  6 Jy-Mel Coleman

29 Jermaine Coleman

25 Michael Sykes

  9 Charlie Lawrence

10 David Williams

11 Lamont Bryan

  3 Josh Allison

13 Ryan Chester


Subs (all used)

14 Billy Driver

  8 Louis Robinson

28 Jordan Williams

18 Michael Greenhalgh


Tries: Bryan (15), Allison (27)

Goals: Jy-Mel Coleman1/2

Sin-bin: Bryan (56) – dissent



  1 Ryan Fieldhouse

  2 Brett Carter

  3 Declan Hulme

24 Eze Harper

45 Thomas Loxam

  6 Jamie Dallimore

  7 Lewis Charnock

17 Tom Walker

15 Karl Ashall

10 Oliver Wilkes

11 Dan Toal

12 Jarrod Stack

34 Martin Aspinwall


Subs (all used)

  9 Nathan Mossop

16 Andrew Dawson

25 Matty While

21 James Duerden


Tries: Wilkes (21), Mossop (29)

Goals: Charnock 4/4, Dallimore 2/2
Penalty count: 9-13


Half-time: 10-14

Referee: Geoffery Poumes

Attendance: 374


SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 6-6, 10-6, 10-12, 10-14, 10-16, 10-18, 10-20

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