Time to re-think Easter for the Championship

GARETH WALKER, the Championship correspondent of League Express, asks whether the heavy Easter programme should apply to Championship clubs. IS the Easter programme unfair on part-time players in particular? Last week this column charted the considerable sacrifice that these players have to make in the four days over the holiday period, playing twice with little rest. It’s long been a…

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All Golds turning heads

Gareth Walker, the Championship correspondent of League Express, pays tribute to one of the improving southern sides currently operating in Kingstone Press League 1 Of all the results outside Super League last weekend, the most head-turning came in Gloucester. The University of Gloucestershire All Golds, to give the club its full grand title, recorded a superb 46-22 win over a…

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Rochdale on the Rise

Gareth Walker, the Championship correspondent of League Express, pays tribute to Rochdale Hornets as they prepare to face Hull Kingston Rovers on Sunday in a clash between two unbeaten clubs. Eighteen months ago, while Hull Kingston Rovers were featuring in a Challenge Cup final at Wembley, Rochdale Hornets were missing out on the League One play-offs. Fast-forward to this weekend, and…

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Highs and Lows

GARETH WALKER of League Express looks at the contrasting fortunes of Leigh Centurions and Oldham LAST weekend saw one club’s hope evaporate into disappointment, and another team end years of failure with long-awaited glory. For Leigh Centurions and Oldham, the emotions could hardly have been more contrasting. The Centurions were most people’s tip, including this writer’s, to push past Super…

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Centurions sense blood

GARETH WALKER of League Express looks ahead to tomorrow’s Championship thriller at Odsal between Bradford Bulls and Leigh Centurions LEIGH Centurions can seal top spot in the Kingstone Press Championship tomorrow when they travel to second placed Bradford. The two leading sides in the competition this year, they played out one of the matches of 2015 so far when they met…

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Halifax hitting the heights

League Express Championship correspondent GARETH WALKER pays tribute to Halifax’s surge of form that has seen the club make a strong challenge recently for the Middle 8s. HALIFAX are making an increasingly strong case to be the form team in the Championship heading into the crucial final weeks of the season. Fax’s accomplished win over London Broncos last weekend was…

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