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What is on the horizon?
The tough fixtures in West Wales raiders first full season in League One have continued in recent weeks and heavy home defeats at the hands of Doncaster and Oldham have underlined the strength in the division. Next up is a trip to the Leeds area of Yorkshire to play Hunslet before the Raiders welcome Newcastle Thunder on 3rd June and then Hemel to Stebonheath on June 9th. The game against fellow strugglers Hemel should be the most competitive and closely fought of the season.
Back on home soil...
After what can only be described as a difficult few away trips, the West Wales Raiders make their long awaited return to Stebonheath Park in Llanelli on Sunday 13th May when they entertain Doncaster RLFC. The very heavy defeats at York City Knights and Bradford Bulls have highlighted what a tough division this is and Sunday's match will also be a big challenge. Doncaster sit third in League One having won six and lost two of their eight league games to date. Their defeats coming against York and Bradford!
Difficult start to 2018..
The West Wales Raiders have had a difficult start to 2018 suffering five consecutive heavy defeats in their opening cup and league fixtures. It has been a tough baptism for the rebranded club and a steep learning curve. The next two fixtures are away to York City Knights and then Bradford Bulls, before the club welcome Oldham to Stebonheath.
Next match is in the Betfred League 1 - London Skolars v Wales Raiders Raiders - Saturday 7th April - 15:00 - New River Stadium. This is the first of a run of away games, during which the Raiders will travel to Whitehaven, York and Bradford before hosting Doncaster at Stebonheath on May 13th which has been re-arranged following the earlier postponemnr due to bad weather.
Coventry match postponed to make way for cup game...
From the Bears website - "We can confirm that our 4th round Challenge Cup replay will be played this Sunday 25th March at the request of the RFL. Our scheduled League match for Sunday versus South Wales Raiders will now be played at a later date."
Coventry next before the North Wales Crusaders visit..
After a tough couple of fixtures in the Challenge Cup and League One, the West Wales Raiders will be hoping for a better outcome when they travel to Butts Park Arena on Sunday 25th March to take on Coventry Bears. The Bears home cup tie on 18th March was postponed due to snow so both teams will have a had a couple of weeks planning time for the fixture. Following what will be West Wales Raiders third consecutive away match the Llanelli based club will host North Wales Crusaders in the Welsh Derby.
Two home games and two postponements...
For entirely different reasons the first two home matches for the West Wales raiders have been postponed. So the club will be on their travels once again before the big kick off in the Principality! The next game sees the club hopefully make it's league debut with a match against Workington Town at Derwent Park on Sunday 11th March. Kick off 3pm. The following Sunday the club welcome Coventry Bears to Llanelli for the eagerly awaited home debut of the West Wales Raiders! Kick off is at 3pm.
Not exactly the start we had in mind..
Mistakes happen and hopefully everyone can learn something from the events on Sunday. There is no point in examining things further, the club statement says it all. "We would like to thank Newcastle Thunder and all their fans for travelling down to the game today, we apologise that the game didn’t go ahead due to an administrative error on our behalf. We understand that supporters have been let down and the club accept full responsibility for the issues that occurred as a result of the events of today. The club would like to reassure that incidents like this will never happen again and we apologise to all the supporters both home and away. A full update of today’s repercussions will be posted on our website www.raidersrugbyleague.co.uk and all social media outlets as soon as we have more information."
New season, new name, new era...
The West Wales Raiders suffered defeats in their two pre season firndly matches losing 60-0 at North Wales Crusaders in their first ever match; this was followed by a more competitive performance with a 30-10 defeat at London Skolars. All eyes now turn to Stebonheath Park for the opening match in Championship One with the visit of Newcastle Thunder on Sunday February 18th - kick off at 3pm. This is followed by a visit from Doncaster on Sunday 4th March to Stebonheath Park, again with a 3pm kick off,
The new season is fast approaching and with the West Wales Raiders now flying the flag for RL fans in South and West Wales we look ahead at what is on the calendar of the coming weeks. There are a couple of pre season friendlies coming up - starting with a Welsh derby on Sunday 28th January v North Wales Crusaders in Wrexham. This is followed by another testing friendly against London Skolars on Sunday 4th February, again this is an away fixture. The season starts for "real" on Sunday 18th February when Newcastle Thunder come to Llanelli on 18th February.
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