BAFA NL ’19 | Good Week / Bad Week: Week Five

Dishonourable Mentions

  • Five Division One sides were unable to take a step away from the drop spots at the weekend, as the Gateshead Senators, Doncaster Mustangs, Ouse Valley Eagles and Berkshire Renegades and one other side remain winless following Week Five.  Each side will need to see if they can refind form before they fall too far behind the pack in their respective regions!
  • The Bristol Aztecs have now gone two fixtures without posting up a single point of offence – not something they’ll be satisfied with, and certainly not a way to regain their status as the #3 team in the south!
  • The woe continues for the Worcestershire Black Knights as the South Wales Warriors piled on the pain. Despite some obvious talents on the roster, low player numbers have seen the Knights struggle down the stretch in each of their three fixtures and they’ve currently conceded the most points of any team in Division Two, while only finding paydirt a single time themselves.
  • And a quick mention of the disappointing number of missing fixtures from the Under 17s slate this past weekend. Luckily it looks like Week Five was particularly impacted simply due to bad timing – with both SESKU Academy and the Berkshire Renegades still intent on completing as much of their schedules as possible, potentially even seeking opportunities to rearrange the missed fixtures should the league allow.

 

Bad Week

Knottingley knocked about by Spartans in live-streamed scorefest!

The Knottingley Raiders looked to have gotten their season off to a fast start in Week Four as they cruised to a comfortable 39-0 victory over Morecambe Bay. However, things went rather awry in their trip to the impressive set-up boasted by the Halton Spartans. Perhaps the combo of a swanky stadium and a live stream of the fixture put the visitors on edge, though it looks like they also travelled with rather reduced numbers.

Their opening day win over the Storm had earned Knottingley a handful of mentions in our Power Rankings polls… but we suspect that won’t be the case following this blowout loss. How they choose to bounce back from here, will be crucial to the Raiders’ season – can they return to form against a similarly 1-1-0 Furness Phantoms outfit?

 

Thunder rumbled by newcomers, Herts

It’s been back-to-back frustrating losses for the Thunder, who could easily claim to be the best team in the middle tier that currently boast a losing record! Single score losses to both promotion favourites, Solent, and hot new addition to the tier, Herts, have Sussex lagging behind in the SFC 1 Central.

What’s even more frustrating for the Thunder is that both games saw the Thunder come oh-so-close to taking the Ws, with this past Week Five fixture, in particular, seeing Sussex actually secure a potentially game-winning touchdown, only for the score to be called back courtesy of a hotly-contested (by the Thunder) holding call!

The Thunder head to the south coast this weekend, hoping to get back on track when they take on other new addition to the tier, the Dreadnoughts.

Gladiators offence can’t get off the ground

Three games into their 2019 campaign and the Gladiators are struggling to replicate the early-season success they found last summer. A fifty burger defeat to the Hornets will do the roster’s morale no favours, but their biggest concern is an inability to put up points of their own.

Colchester can at least take some comfort from the fact that, following the Ouse Valley Eagles’ forfeit against the Cats in Week Four, the drop spot out of the SFC 1 East is already locked down, hopefully allowing the Gladiators to focus on developing their roster strength without needing to worry about relegation.

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Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1