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I have noticed that Wikipedia is keen to merge articles regarding the West Wales Raiders. I have voiced my concern that the history of professional rugby league must not be lost and to this end I have put together the following - This fans website contains all the results and attendances too.
That was the 2018 season that was..
The 2018 season has finally finished. It has been a long and difficult season for the West Wales Raiders who took over the club in the middle of the previous season - 2017. The results and some of the performances on the field were not what was expected and some of the off field problems too show what a tough sport Rugby League is. It would serve no purpose to discuss what has been talked about before, suffice to say everybody in South and West Wales hopes that 2019 will be a great deal better than the dreadful season which has just closed. The facts are as follows:
Results, attendances and fixtures 2018
The season is drawing to a close. West Wales Raiders have become everybody's favourite team to play as results show. The club have unfortunately conceded 100 points or more in five games this season and have failed to score a single point in eight games. The end of the season really cannot come soon enough. BUT the players pulling on the shirt cannot be criticised for their effort and commitment, their heads rarely drop and as witnessed in the latest defeat at home to Bradford Bulls, they kept on trying until the hooter blew. The squad simply needs more quality.
Tough season drawing to a close over the coming few weeks.
West Wales Raiders are still searching for their first points of the season but came close recently with a narrow 18 - 28 defeat at the hands of Coventry Bears. The next few weks see the club travel to Wrexham for the second Welsh derby of the season plus promotion chasing Bradford Bulls are visiting Stebonheath in September. The 2018 season has been a very tough one, but with Kim Williams taking over shortly for 2019 things will hopefully improve in results terms. The remaining fixtures (subject to confirmation and may change) are shown below:
The search continues, two home games coming up...
After two away games of contrasting types, the Raiders now have two consecutive home games as they search for the first elusive result of the season. First up is Hunslet on Saturday 4th August and then high flying York City Knights on Saturday 11th August. The earlier away fixtures against the visitors resulted in 86-0 and 144-0 defeats. Hopefully scores like this will not be repeated. The recent defeats at Coventry Bears and Hemel Stags resulted in very contrasting post match comments; it is a very tough division and a very tough sport. Nobody will give an inch and no team wants to be the first to not beat the Raiders.
Results, attendances and fixtures 2018
The complete 2018 results and attendances plus remaining fixtures for the West Wales Raiders are shown below. All home games are played at Stebonheath Park in Llanelli, kick off times are generally 3pm and matches are played on either Saturday or Sunday. The list below highlights the games which are not Sunday matches. Evening matches generally kick off at 7.45pm but a rare in this division and generally are re-arranged fixtures.
The tough season continues for the West Wales Raiders
West Wales Raiders suffered two consecutive 102-6 defeats in their last two away matches at Oldham and at Featherstone's ground where they played Doncaster who moved the fixture for pitch improvement reasons. The west Wales based club have had a very tough 2018 and have conceded over 100 points on four occasions so far. Next up is a home match on Satrurday 21st July v Workington, kick off 3pm at Stebonheath.
New Head Coach for 2019...
West Wales Raiders have announced the appointment of Australian Kim Williams as their new head coach for the 2019 seasonand beyond. The announcement was finally made on Thursday 28th June after much speculation amongst fans as to what was happening following the departure of Phil Carleton. The official website covers the story and some background in great detail.
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.
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