Crusaders almost there

Date published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
NORTH Wales Crusaders cut Oldham’s lead at the top of Championship One to one point with their 20-14 win at London Skolars on Friday.
All they need to do now to wrap up the title, and thus win automatic promotion, is to win, draw or avoid defeat by more than 12 points in their last game against lowly South Wales Scorpions at Wrexham on Sunday.
“Our feet stay firmly on the ground. We can’t start celebrating yet,” said coach Clive Griffiths, who acknowledges that Oldham have pushed them all the way.
One of the Crusaders two defeats was at Whitebank, while aggregate scores over the home and away fixtures of the top two teams finished Oldham 48 Crusaders 32.
Roughyeds are assured of a second-place finish  — by a massive eight points at least over team three —- which will give them pole position in the five-club play-off, the winners of which will also win promotion.
London’s bonus point on Friday saw them leapfrog Rochdale into third place with 30 points  — one more than Hornets.
Final placings will be determined on Sunday and, barring surprise results, it’s likely that Oldham’s bid to win promotion via the play-offs will start with a home tie against London or Rochdale at Whitebank on Sunday, September 15.
Sunday’s final games:
Rochdale v Gloucester; North Wales v South Wales; Oxford v London; Gateshead v Hemel.