Hemel Stags are pulling out all the stops to please the crowds as they get set for the final home fixture of their first foray into the pro ranks of the game this weekend.
London Skolars are the visitors to Pennine Way on Sunday, and as well as the main attraction match between two sides with similar records, there’s lots more to draw the crowds.
Animals from Paradise Wildlife Park will be helping give the day a family feel, and there is also a second game, between the corresponding U19/U20 sides, and a three- way minis tournament between Hemel Hempstead, Skolars and St. Albans.
The club’s sales and marketing director Tom Hamlyn Williams said: “We have strived, this year, to put on a bit more on for people at our home games and this game will be a great example of how rugby league can be a sport that everyone can enjoy.
“I want as many people as possible to come.”
Stags sit fourth in the Kingstone Press Championship 1 table with Skolars in fifth, just one point behind but with a game in hand.
When the teams met in the first game of the season in March, Skolars were beaten 26-8 by their visitors
Sunday’s result is set to have a crucial bearing on who makes it to the play-offs in September.
Stags will be aiming to shrug off their 44-12 defeat at the hands of North Wales Crusaders, who closed in on league leaders Oldham after Andrew Moulsdale bagged a hat-trick of tries against the Hertfordshire side.
The Crusaders made a strong start and Tommy Johnson and Moulsdale both crossed in the opening seven minutes with Johnson adding the extras to Moulsdale’s score to give them an early 10-0 lead.
Barry John Swindells converted Aidan Pritchard’s try as the Stags got back into the game but further scores from Dave McConnell (2) and Dan Birkett saw Crusaders into a comfortable 26-6 lead at half-time.
Jack Molloy went over for Hemel’s second try of the afternoon but Moulsdale responded almost immediately with his second of the afternoon. Birkett and Moulsdale then ran in two late tries to put further gloss on the scoreline.
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