BAFA NL ’19 | Power Rankings: Division One Week Five

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In the meantime, let’s check out how the Patriots of the #BritballNation see things stacking up in the top tier after the weekend’s action:

Cut:

The Bury Saints came up a score short at the weekend and slip out of their #10 spot. They’re still right in the race for the SFC1East, but will need to get their campaign back on track when they travel to the Hornets this weekend – a big ask with the Hornets buzzing after a big win over Colchester!

Further, the Lancashire Wolverines are proving a tough team to get to grips with this season. They followed up their impressive comeback win against the Caesars by falling flat against a previously winless Romans. The loss drops them to 1-2… and out of the rankings.

 

Honourable Mentions:

Other than the Saints slipping out of the top ten there really weren’t that many other teams picking up votes this week. No honourable mentions as their appears a widening gulf between the true contenders in each conference, and the rest.

 

10. Glasgow Tigers (2-1-0) | New Entry

Welcome to the rankings, Glasgow!

Though they came up a score short in their opener against Northumberland, the Tigers have now pitched back-to-back shutout wins over Yorkshire and Gateshead to move into the #2 spot in the NFC 1 North.

Still, their tenure in the rankings might be a brief one if they fail to impress when they host the currently undefeated Pirates this weekend.

 

9. Aberdeen Roughnecks (1-2-0) | Down One

Despite their losing record, the Roughnecks nonetheless hold onto a rankings berth.

They’ll need results to go their way this weekend if they want to remain a top ten team – they head to a second-straight bye before returning against a troubled-looking Gateshead Senators in Week Seven – a perfect opportunity for the Roughnecks to return to .500 if they can travel well.

 

8. London Hornets (3-0-0) | Re-Entry

The Hornets buzz back into the rankings after only a one-week absence! They put on a show in their hosting of the Gladiators in Week Five, a 48yd field rounding out a 50-point shutout that’ll give the London side great momentum heading into their showdown with the Saints this Sunday.

A win here and expect the Hornets to keep climbing the ladder.

 

7. Sussex Thunder (1-2-0) | Down Three

Sussex might well be the best team in the tier with a losing record.

Two single-score fourth-quarter losses have dropped the Thunder to 1-2 on the season, and down three spots in the rankings to boot.

They’ll be hungry to bounce back when head to the south coast to square off against the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts in Week Six – can a good performance against Pompey get the Thunder’s campaign back on track?

 

6. Northumberland Vikings (3-0-0) | No Change

The Vikings stay put in #6 as we continue to wait for them to show the kinda spark we expected from a team that has aspirations of contending for promotion this season.

We’ll get a closer look at them this Sunday, as they host local rivals the Senators in a live broadcast by UKAFL and VikingsTV.

 

5. Cambridgeshire Cats (4-0-0) | Down Two

Harsh treatment for the Cats this week, as they take the win against an undefeated outfit, and yet still find themselves dropping two spots in the rankings?

It was the first time we saw some of the true ‘contenders’ in the East go head to head, and in truth it emphasised that this group of teams could once again prove itself one of the most interesting leagues to watch as the season goes on. Cambridgeshire conceded their first points of the season and a single-score margin of victory is nothing that the Saints couldn’t potentially overturn in the return leg?

Look for the SFC 1 East to really hot up over the next few weeks!

 

4. East Kilbride Pirates (2-0-0) | Up One

The tides continue to see the Pirates rise up the rankings, sailing into the #4 spot this week.

They’ll hit the road this week to take on a Glasgow side who are coming in off the back of two shutout wins and have probably been waiting hungrily for years to take a bite out of the Scottish powerhouse programme.

EKP will almost certainly go into the game as favourites, but even so it should be a corker of a clash north of the wall this Sunday!

 

3.  Hertfordshire Cheetahs (3-0-0) | Up Four

 

Biggest climbers this week are the Cheetahs who surprised with a fourth-quarter win over established D1 contenders, the Thunder, in Week Five.

Strong running from Adam Adeniji allowed the Cheetahs to keep themselves in the game throughout, before a completion on a stop and go route saw the receiver break wide open down the sideline for the winning score – continuing the Cheetahs undefeated start o their time in the new tier!

Herts head to a bye, before taking on the Saints in Week Seven.

 

2. Solent Thrashers (3-0-0) | No Change

Solent’s stay put in #2, courtesy of a strong start to 2019. Still, they’ll be warily watching results elsewhere, as they don’t return to action until Week Eight and a number of similarly undefeated outfits will be hungrily eyeing the Thrashers’ spot on the podium.

 

1. Sandwell Steelers (5-0-0) | No Change

Five weeks. Five wins. Averaging just shy of a fifty burger per outing.

Our sympathy for the rest of the NFC1South – Sandwell are simply a cut above so far this season.

They now head to a couple of weeks of well-earned rest, before returning to the gridiron in Week Eight.

 


 

This year we’ll also be tracking the rise and fall of each team in the rankings throughout the season with this handy graphic:

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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