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In the meantime, let’s check out how the Patriots of the #BritballNation see things stacking up in Division Two tier after the weekend’s action:
The Somerset Wyverns had gotten their season off to a strong start with wins over the Sharks and Black Knights, but Sunday saw them come up well short against the visiting Bristol Apache. Though the Wyverns opened up the scoring, things soon turned Bristol’s way and the scale of the loss sees Somerset drop out of the Top Ten.
The Leeds Bobcats remain on the cusp of a rankings appearance, but it looks like our Patreon’s want to see a bit more evidence before rewarding the Yorkshire outfit with a rankings spot.
Another team from God’s County that came close to making a rankings debut this week are the Knottingley Raiders who got their campaign off to a strong start in Week Four with a big win over the Morecambe Bay Storm.
10. Bristol Apache (1-1-0) | New Entry
Among the preseason favourites to do well in the SFC2West, the Bristol Apache showed some of their potential in Week Foure with a trip to the Somerset Wyverns that saw the Bristol side come away with a dominant-looking victory.
It’s a good response from their season-opening loss to Torbay, and defeating a Power Ranked outfit convincingly is a great way to earn a spot of your own in the rankings.
Bristol head to a bye, before a crucial, potentially season-defining fixture versus SFC2West favourites, the South Wales Warriors.
9. Torbay Trojans (3-0-0) | Down Four
The Torbay Trojans win, and yet take a big dive down the rankings?!
They may have advanced to 3-0, but in fairness Torbay’s victory over the Sharks was far from smooth sailing at the weekend as a late rally from the Sharks put Torbay’s perfect start to the season under threat.
As the Trojans now head to a brace of byes, we find ourselves in a bizarre situation where there’s a real risk that despite a three-and-o start to the season, the Trojans might need results elsewhere to go their way to hold onto a rankings berth.
8. Bournemouth Bobcats (1-1-0) | No Change
As the SFC2South continues its slow wind-up in action, we won’t see the Bobcats again until Week Six as they get another shot at the promotion favourites, the London Blitz B.
7. Lincolnshire Bombers (2-1-0) | Up Three
The Bombers pick up a big scalp as a late field goal earns them a win over the defending NFC2South champs, the Surge.
Considering their fairly narrow loss to the highly-ranked Bulls, in truth I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Bombers continue to place well in these rankings, despite the fact that we won’t see them back on the gridiron for close to a month when they take on the Surge once more in June.
6. Norwich Devils (2-0-0) | Down Three
Devils win, but drop three spots, as their victory over the East Kent Mavericks was less convincing than expected.
It’s well worth noting that the Mavericks were playing D1 ball last season, so despite yet to pick up their first W since 2017 are far from a ‘soft’ matchup in the SFC2East.
They head to a pair of byes, before taking a trip to the East Essex Sabres in Week Seven.
5. Clyde Valley Blackhawks (2-0-0) | Up Two
The Blackhawks rise up the rankings thanks to disappointing outings from a couple of teams previously placed above them.
They return from two Sundays off with a trip to the Inverclyde Goliaths in Week Five, the new outfit riding high after their impressive first-ever league win in Week Four.
4. Halton Spartans (1-0-0) | Up Two
It looks like Halton were well worth the wait, as they finally got their season underway in Week Four with a whopper of a win over the Furness Phantoms.
Though they narrowly came up short of a fifty burger, the Spartans defence looks every bit as stalwart as it did last season… which could well prove crucial as they take on the Knottingley Raiders this weekend, who themselves got off to a similarly impressive start in Week Four!
3. London Blitz B (1-0-0) | Up One
The Blitz climb a spot despite their bye and will go into Week Five hot favourites as they host the Hastings Conquerors.
2. Birmingham Bulls (1-0-0) | No Change
Birmingham stay put in #2, finally returning to the field in Week Five when they host the Humber Warhawks. Given results elsewhere, we’ll be looking for the Bulls to put up some good numbers on Sunday afternoon.
1. South Wales Warriors (1-0-0) | No Change
The Warriors continue to hold the #1 spot following their big win over the Sharks to open their season, and I’d expect to see a similarly impressive scoreline as the Warriors play host to the troubled Worcestershire Black Knights in Week Five… Will it be enough to keep them ahead of the Blitz and Bulls who are also expected to win big on Sunday? We’ll have to wait and see…
This year we’ll also be tracking the rise and fall of each team in the rankings throughout the season with this handy graphic!