Last Weekend delivered three matches as the Jaguars and Buccaneers went out to prove their winless records were more reflective of their tough schedule than their abilities whilst the Seahawks got themselves back on track with an impressive blowout against the SE Legion.
Game of the Week: Nottingham Caesars Vs Chorley Buccaneers
The Buccaneers took home a well deserved first win of the season, outscoring the Nottingham Caesars 36-20.
After two tough losses at the hands of the ever-dominant Titans and Pirates, the Chorley Buccaneers finally fit a game into their win column, beating out the Caesars by 16 points. After a high-scoring effort from the Joel Chesters led offence for the second successive outing, the Buccaneers have established themselves as contenders for a birth in the post season, but after losing their first two games, they will need to string together some impressive performances in the second half of the season if they are to so much as play some meaningful football at the end of July.
The Nottingham Caesars did well to improve following a miserable loss to the Birmingham Lions, but will nevertheless be disappointed to drop below .500 for the first time this season. After a strong start against the Phoenix, Nottingham have lost two games on the bounce and will look to rebound in a rematch against Birmingham.
Etone Jaguars Vs Tamworth Phoenix
The Etone Jaguars took a resounding victory at home, defeating an undermanned Tamworth Phoenix 34-6.
Etone took their first win of the season with a strong full team performance as the Jags’ run game stole the show. RB Ethan Claridge dominated the scoreboard with three touchdowns and two 2-point conversions, including a 34-yard dash late in the second half. Claridge finished the day with 21 carries for 134 yards, proving instrumental in the win. Etone’s defence also came to play. DEs Louis Gallagher & Owen James both returned fumbles for touchdowns in the first quarter to give the Jaguars a convincing early lead, allowing them to play with a lead and lean on their run game. James would add two sacks in an impressive performance, leading a defensive unit that would concede just one score on the day.
Although inevitably disappointed to have come away with a loss, Tamworth did well to even finish the game, turning up in Nuneaton with just twelve players. The scoreboard was expectedly one sided, but the Phoenix did well to salvage a score as Scott Lyness found the endzone from 70 yards out.
After a narrow loss to an on-form Birmingham Lions and a convincing win this week, the Jaguars have perhaps started to replicate the success they had at the youth level last season.
SE Legion Vs Solent Seahawks
The Seahawks got themselves back on track this weekend, not even allowing the running clock to slow them down as they managed to put up 47 points on just 33 plays.
Efficiency was the name of the game for the Solent Offence with RB Ollie Clemo netting 126 yards and a touchdown on only seven carries. QB Louis Benzey also had a day to remember, hitting both Seb Blears for a touchdown, before finding Marcus Paramore from 67 yards out and adding 12 points of his own on the ground.
Despite the running clock, the Seahawks also found time for back-up QB Nathan Harvey to get in the game and throw a Touchdown pass to Lewis Marstin to give the Seahawks an unassailable 40-0 win. Not to feel left out, Solent’s star-studded secondary also chimed in at the final whistle as Josh Roberts grabbed a walk off pick six at the end of the game to seal the shutout.