League 1 round-up: Hunslet thrash West Wales, Barrow edge Doncaster & Elliot Hall scores four for Workington

James Messenger

Hunslet are flying high at the top of Betfred League 1 after the opening weekend’s action. 

Hunslet opened up their League 1 campaign with a comprehensive 50-10 win away at West Wales.

The visitors ran in 10 tries in total, with Kiedan Hartley crossing for a treble. Jimmy Watson, Jordan Andrade and Tom Ashton were also amongst the scorers.

One team from Wales that will be smiling after this weekend are North Wales, who produced an emphatic 40-16 win away at London Skolars.

Warren Thompson, Dave Eccleston, Earl Hurst, Gavin Rodden, Jordan Penny and Jordan Gibson all crossed for the Welsh side, with Tommy Johnson adding 16 points from the boot.

Barrow marked their return to the second tier with a tense 32-22 win away at Doncaster.

Ryan Duffy crossed twice for the Raiders, while there were further second-half scores for Wartovo Puara Jnr, Jamie Dallimore and Shane Toal.

Newcastle also sent out a statement of intent with a 28-8 win at Coventry’s Butts Park Arena.

Thunder ran in four first-half tries, before Sam Luckley and Sam Blake wrapped up victory for Simon Finnigan’s side. The hosts crossed once in each half through Reece Rance and Nathan Hill.

In the final game of the round, Workington were the only home side to pick up two points as they battled past Keighley. 

Elliot Hall scored four tries for the hosts, with Marcus O’Brien also crossing just after half-time. Cougars’ sole try came courtesy of Jack Coventry two minutes from the end.

League 1 Round 1 results:

Coventry Bears 8-28 Newcastle Thunder

Doncaster RLFC 22-32 Barrow Raiders

London Skolars 16-40 North Wales Crusaders

West Wales Raiders 10-50 Hunslet

Workington Town 24-6 Keighley Cougars

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