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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:
No cuts this week
The Bristol Apache might be lagging behind the undefeated frontrunners in the SFC 2 West at this point in the season, but there’s still time to play catch up and back to back wins over the Sharks is a great way to build momentum ahead of a comparatively ‘cushy’ final three games of their campaign.
Meanwhile, the Ipswich Cardinals and Norwich Devils continue to sit on the periphery – they’ve proven themselves an utterly equal match for one another, but we’re still waiting to see how they fare against the frontrunning Spartans.
10. Torbay Trojans (5-0-0) | No Change
Undefeated they may be, but the Trojans haven’t been able to advance up the ranks in recent weeks as too many of their recent scorelines were rather too close for comfort.
They get to prove they’re top-of-the-rankings material this weekend when they play hosts to the table-topping South Wales Warriors. A victory here, or even a respectable defeat to be fair, should see the Trojans receiving more of the credit they feel they deserve.
9. Lincolnshire Bombers (3-1-0) | Down Two
A quiet week for the Bombers sees them slide a couple spots, but they’re still well on track for what could be their most successful season since the club’s 2005 reformation!
They won’t see action this Sunday, but Week Twelve gives the Bombers a shot to really shake things up in the NFC 2 South as they take on the Bulls for a second time this season. If the Lincolnshire side can strongarm a win by at least 13 points? We’d have to start figuring out how to put a crown on their logo!
8. Essex Spartans (4-0-0) | No Change
The Spartans stay put in eighth with the key matchups of their season still ahead of them.
They’re one of three undefeated teams currently in the SFC 2 East, and the only one that’s clung onto a rankings spot courtesy of some outstanding form from their defence so far this season – allowing just a single score through four outings.
They return to the field to host the win-hungry Mavericks this weekend.
8. Bournemouth Bobcats (4-2-0) | Up Two
The Bobcats’ ranking gets a small boost as they come away with a comfortable win over local rivals, the Raptors, in the Dorset Derby.
The Bournemouth offence seemed back on form, boasting their second highest scoreline of the season so far, and more than twice the numbers they put up on the Raptors back in Week One.
With only two matchups remaining on their slate, the Bobcats have a leisurely finish to their season – a month off before rounding out their regular season to what should be two playoff-momentum-building clashes with the Conquerors.
6. Clyde Valley Blackhawks (6-0-0) | Down One
The Blackhawks take a comfortable shutout win over the rookie Steam, but perhaps our Patreon pollsters were expecting something larger as the Blackhawks drop a spot despite their smooth-sailing season so far.
With only two fixtures remaining on their slate, it’s going to be quite some time ’til we see the Scottish side, current favourites to hoist the NFC 2 North crown, in action again – and as such their ranking is likely to be largely determined by the successes and failures of others, at least for the next month or so.
5. Leeds Bobcats (4-1-0) | Up One
The Bobcats rise into the upper half of the rankings with a comfortable shutout win over the Raiders.
It’s looking more and more like we’ve realistically got a two-horse race in this region, and so while the Bobcats will return from a bye against the Phantoms in the first weekend of June, it’s really their Week Fifteen clash with Halton that you need to have circled on your calendar.
4. London Blitz B (4-0-0) | No Change
A surprisingly modest scoreline for the promotion-favourite Blitz over Hastings on Sunday sees the London side stay put in fourth.
They’ve got two more fixtures back-to-back this weekend and next, and should they play to form the Blitz Bs will lock up the SFC 2 South crown before month is out.
3. South Wales Warriors (5-0-0) | No Change
The South Wales Warriors face what’s expected to be their toughest challenge of the season so far this weekend as they hit the road to the Torbay Trojans. Should the Llanharan based outfit come home with a hefty victory, it might well see them reclaim their #1 ranking once more.
Of course, the Trojans are notorious for playing their toughest football on their home turf, so this weekend’s duel should be a humdinger!
2. Halton Spartans (5-0-0) | No Change
The Spartans stay in second, next seeing action in Week Twelve against a knocked-about Knottingly Raiders side.
Seeing as they’ve already comfortably bested the Raiders once this year, they’ll likely go into that one with a lot of confidence, simply aiming to use it as a bouncing board ahead of their lengthy break before taking on the Bobcats, probably for the NFC 2 Central Crown, in July.
1. Birmingham Bulls (5-0-0) | No Change
And the Bulls stay locked in at #1 as the whole of the NFC 2 South got a weekend off in Week Ten.
Honestly, they’ve looked pretty untouchable so far this season, allowing just a single score in five fixtures.
Should they best the Bombers when they return to action in Week Twelve? I’ll be popping a crown on that lovely new logo of theirs!
This year we’ll also be tracking the rise and fall of each team in the rankings throughout the season with this handy graphic!