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The search continues...
West Wales Raiders are having a very tough 2018 season. They are still searching for their first victory and have suffered some heavy defeats in recent weeks plus a disappointing home reverse against fellow strugglers Hemel Stags. The season continues after coming back from Keighley, the club look forward to welcoming mid table Whitehaven to Stebonheath for a 3pm on 23rd June. The visitors have had a mixed season to date having won seven and lost six of their thirteen games to date.
Massive game for West Wales Raiders - v Hemel.
Hemel Stags come to Stebonheath on Saturday 9th June in a clash between the two sides locked at the foot of championship league one. Both teams have lost every game they have played in the league this season, so something has to give on Saturday in the 3pm kick off at Stebonheath. The West Wales Raiders scored 20 points last time out against Newcastle Thunder and took a 10 point lead before falling away in the latter stages and conceded 82 points in another heavy defeat. Hemel have also had some big losses but travel to West Wales having put in a battling display last time out v Bradford Bulls.
Newcastle Thunder is 1pm kick off
All supporters - please note the match between West Wales Raiders and Newcastle Thunder on Sunday 3rd June will kick off at 1pm.
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. Please note the Newcastle match kicks off at 1pm.
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.
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