NEWS | Betfred League 1 adopts Golden Point for 2020

NEWS | Betfred League 1 adopts Golden Point for 2020 doncaste.champmodel.dyndns.info
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17th November 2019

Golden point extra-time will be available in all Betfred Championship and League 1 fixtures next season – but with a different twist.

When a game is level at the sounding of the final hooter, each team will take one point for earning a draw – with a third competition point then made available to the first team to score in two five-minute periods of extra time.

The Golden Point will be available for the first time in Betfred League One on the weekend of February 15-16, with five matches – starting on the Saturday when Newcastle Thunder, who just missed out on promotion to the Championship with defeat by Oldham in the Grand Final, begin their campaign to go one better at home to West Wales Raiders.

Two weeks later the Raiders will be the opposition for London Skolars’ first home game of the season, a rare fixture on February 29 – which will be played at Allianz Stadium, the home of rugby union’s Saracens, as a double-header with the Betfred Super League fixture between Toronto Wolfpack and St Helens.

There is another eyecatching Betfred League 1 clash on Friday May 22, when Newcastle Thunder host Doncaster at Kingston Park ahead of the return of the Betfred Super League’s Magic Weekend to St James’s Park.

Doncaster will also be involved in London Skolars’ established Friday Night Lights fixture on the eve of the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup Final, at the New River Stadium on July 17 – while London Broncos are also scheduled to play a home Betfred Championship fixture that weekend, against York City Knights at their Trailfinders base on Sunday July 19, depending on the teams’ progress in the Challenge Cup and the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup.

The Betfred League One clubs play a single game over the Easter weekend, including a first Cumbrian clash of the season between Barrow and Workington Town which is scheduled for Good Friday.

Ralph Rimmer, the Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League, said: “2019 has been a year of significant progress for Betfred Championship and League One, and there’s plenty more to anticipate in 2020.

“While Toronto Wolfpack were clearly big contributors to the substantial increases in attendances and viewing figures in the Championship in 2019, it’s worth noting that 12 of the 14 Championship clubs saw an increase in their average home attendance – as did seven of the 11 clubs in League 1.

“The challenge for all of us is to maintain that positive mood around the competition, and I know a good proportion of the clubs in the Betfred Championship will start the season with high hopes of securing promotion to the Super League in 2021 – just as all 11 League 1 clubs will be keen to mount a challenge for promotion to the Championship.

“London Broncos will enhance the Championship competition after winning so much admiration in the Super League last year, and so will Whitehaven and Oldham who performed so strongly to secure promotion from League 1.

“We’re also excited to announce the introduction of Golden Point in 2020, but with a twist that will be unique to Betfred Championship and League 1.

“The clubs were keen to maintain a one-point reward for teams securing a draw, in addition to providing the possibility of extra excitement in Golden Point extra time – and we hope that supporters will welcome this innovation.”

NEWS | Betfred League 1 adopts Golden Point for 2020 doncaste.champmodel.dyndns.info