By Ryan Duff
Game of the Week: Nottingham Caesars Vs Chorley Buccaneers
After an inconsistent start to the season, both the Nottingham Caesars and Chorley Buccaneers will be looking to prove their campaign is better reflected by the flashes of good than the bad.
Chorley started their season in perhaps the worst possible way with a 57-0 loss at the hands of the Manchester Titans, but followed it up with a strong showing against EKP, with QB Joel Chesters accounting for four touchdowns, rushing for one and throwing three to Reon Haworth. Despite eventually losing the game in a 36-28 shootout, leaving the Bucs 0-2, such a high scoring performance against a usually dominant side will give them confidence in the season to come.
The Caesars meanwhile started their season strongly with a 26-11 win against the Tamworth Phoenix in week 4. Nottingham’s run game took centre stage in the win, with Samuel Agbemadji and Niall Simpson combining for three TDs. The Birmingham Lions however seemed to have the answer to the backfield duo, handing the Caesars a soul-crushing 60-7 loss as the Nottingham side fell to 1-1.
With mixed performances from both sides so far this season, Sunday gives these teams the opportunity to get their year heading in the right direction.
Etone Jaguars Vs Tamworth Phoenix
The Tamworth Phoenix travel to face the Etone Jaguars this week, with both sides looking to claim their first win of the year.
Tamworth have struggled offensively so far this season; shut out completely against the Assassins, before the offense accounted for just 3 of the 11 points scored against Nottingham. The Phoenix currently sit at 0-2, but hope to turn their season around this weekend against the Jaguars.
Etone are 0-1 after a close 18-14 loss against a strong Birmingham Lions side. 2019 is the Jags’ first year of under-19 football but a competitive result against a team which so easily handled the Nottingham Caesars in recent weeks proves thy came ready to play. Neither team has started the season the way they would have hoped, but it’s still early days for both sides and each team will hope to prove they can challenge this year.
SE Legion Vs Solent Seahawks
After facing a setback in the form of a closely fought loss to the London Warriors, the Seahawks will look to keep their postseason hopes alive in as they visit an inexperienced SE Legion.
Solent are currently 1-1 after following up a convincing win against Wembley by falling just short of what would have been an incredible comeback against the Warriors. The defence led by the US bound edge rusher, Toby Naylor has been impressive, with the unit forcing six turnovers against London.
With the likes of GB QB Louis Benzey on the other side of the ball, the Seahawks are not lacking talent and will try this week to improve on their .500 win rate. The SE Legion come into this game fresh off the back of their first ever win.
In the Seahawks, however, they face their toughest opponent so far. QB Jacob Boorer -who threw the teams game winner last week- will need to distribute the ball efficiently if the offense is to keep up with the high scoring Seahawks without giving Solent’s talent packed secondary to many chances to take the ball back.