THE London Skolars fell away in the closing stages on Saturday as they suffered a 28-14 defeat at home to high-flying Whitehaven in rugby league’s Kingstone Press League One.
The result was still in the balance when the Skolars trailed by just six points with little more than two minutes remaining, but the visitors made the stronger finish and claimed a converted try and a penalty to give them victory by a flatteringly large margin.
It was the hosts who struck first on seven minutes when Josh Allison scored an unconverted try out wide, but they failed to take advantage of
several other good attacking opportunities and Whitehaven went ahead through a converted try from Carl Forster in the 28th minute.
The Skolars restored their lead prior to the interval when James Hill touched down in the corner, but the visitors came out strongly in the second half and tries from Forster and Jesse Joe Parker and two conversions and a penalty from Paul Crook – who found the target with all six of his attempts at the posts during the match – put them 20-8 ahead.
However, the visitors refused to lie down and they were given renewed hope six minutes from time when Sadiq Abebiyi grabbed a try which Jy-Mel Coleman converted to bring them back within six points.
But it was not to be for the Skolars as James Newton’s 79th-minute try sealed victory for the visitors, with Crook’s conversion and last-gasp penalty rounding off the scoring.
The London Skolars go to North Wales Crusaders on Sunday.