Championship relegation confirmed following latest defeat to promotion hopefuls Featherstone Rovers

Josh McAllister
Newcastle Thunder, Kingston Park

Newcastle Thunder in action at Kingston Park against York. Photo: Chris Lishman | MI News.

Relegation from the Championship has been confirmed for Newcastle Thunder following the side’s 56-22 defeat against promotion hopefuls Featherstone Rovers at Kingston Park. 

The result marks back-to-back relegations for head coach Chris Thorman, having also won promotion to the second tier with Workington Town before the drop back down to League 1.

Thorman, 42, was appointed head coach last September following the club’s decision to revert back to a part-time basis.

The north east side have registered just four wins all season to date alongside a draw for nine points on the table. Swinton Lions currently sit one place above on 14 points, with Paul Crarey’s Barrow Raiders with 15. The two sides battle it out this Sunday in a crucial fixture at the Matt Johnson Prestige Stadium.

Newcastle’s remaining games are against the Raiders and 1895 Cup finalists Batley Bulldogs.

Following the defeat, Newcastle Thunder shared on social media: “Unfortunately following tonight’s result, it’s now officially confirmed that Newcastle Thunder are relegated from the Betfred Championship.

“It’s difficult to take and we’re all hurting but rest assured we’ll be back and preparations are already underway for next season.

“Your support throughout this year’s campaign has been unrivalled and we can’t thank you all enough.

“There’s still work to be done and let’s make sure we sign 2023 off on a high.

“Thank you once again.”

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