BAFA National Leagues Fixtures Update: Week Seven

Ahead of this weekend’s games, there’s been a few updates on some teams that have been hardest hit by injuries as we pass into the second third of the summer season…

Hastings @ Herts off

Having to forfeit at the half last week, it was understandably a big ask for Hastings to have bounced back in time for their second-consecutive away trip on Sunday against a rampant-looking Hertfordshire Cheetahs. A shaky start to the Conquerors season saw them open the year with two big shut-out losses, meaning they travelled with a squad of only 25 players last weekend to take on a Renegades team that has shown steady development in each fixture this year.

Outnumbered and outgunned, the south coast side suffered a number of injuries in the first half that left them short-handed enough that their coaching staff felt they had no choice but to concede and preserve the health of their remaining roster. With such a quick turnaround to yet another away trip, it appears the Conquerors have not yet seen enough players return from injury to travel with a safe-sized roster on Sunday.

Per HertfordshireCheetahs.com:

It is with regret that we announce that Sunday’s home game versus the Hastings Conquerors has been cancelled, due to forfeiture from Hastings on the grounds of player safety. The Cheetahs will receive the win by default. This means that the squad now has an extended recuperation period, as they will next play on the 18th June away at the Bournemouth Bobcats.

Chairman Luke Clark said “We are obviously disappointed that Hastings could not fulfil the fixture this Sunday, but we are fully supportive of the decision on the grounds of player safety. We are now going to rest and regroup for Bournemouth in a few weeks.”

DC have reached out to the Conquerors for a statement, and obviously wish the Conquerors the best in recuperating their roster enough to complete their season.

Trojans travel on Sunday to face Vikings

Though they faced a lot of criticism from certain sections of the community for their forfeit against Manchester in Week Five, the West Coast Trojans shared with DC this week that they have every intention of making a great game of it this Sunday as they travel south to take on a Newcastle Vikings side that will still be sore from a heavy defeat against the Titans in Week Six.

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Per a statement on the team Facebook page:

Trojans Will Carry On.

The Trojans held an EGM on Sunday past to discuss the future of the club, after having to forfeit the Titans game due to players safety the club came together and looked at availability to carry on.

Trojans spokesman DC Tam Chapman commented

“Rumors were flying about we were folding and going to be playing associate football, that was never the case, the Titans game was just an unfortunate time for the club, and something out of our control.

We will be playing out the season and look to bolster the squad in the off season, right now our priority is the up coming Vikings game this weekend, we want to show the Britball community that it was a one off incident and we are ok.

The team HC/GM has taken a lot of flack for not playing the Titans game, it was a no win situation with the available squad we had, and players safety comes first in these situations.”

The club is looking forward to kicking off their home schedule which starts with the visit of the Mustangs on the 11th June.

Speaking with DC the Trojans are eager to get back to balling this weekend and quash any rumours that they might be playing associate level football next year. With word that a number of other sides in the NFC1North conference have also struggled for player numbers in recent weeks, the Trojans expect to travel with a recovered roster of 32 players on Sunday.

 


 

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