With ten games down in the 1A Midlands Conference, all is as predicted…literally! With the Double Coverage predictions currently sitting at 100% for this conference, we’d love nothing more than an upset or two in the second half of the season.
But let’s take a look back. The conference campaign kicked off on the 6 November, but there were still plenty of fireworks to be seen, with the Nottingham Students putting up 38 unanswered points away at Staffordshire, whilst the Warwick Wolves had more success than Guy Fawkes, decimating the Royals 6-35 in Worcester.
Nottingham set a blistering pace, with huge wins over the LJMU Fury and Worcester Royals, conceding just three points in their first three games and notching up 116 of their own.
Meanwhile the Wolves were nipping at the heels, beating the Stallions 28-7 in their second game before they hosted the Students in what we hoped would be a close battle of a game. In the end it turned out to be a 7-28 thumping in favour of Nottingham, who now stand alone at the top of the division and will be disappointed with anything less than a perfect regular season and a decent playoff run.
Meanwhile, the newly promoted LJMU Fury have been quietly going about business. The steamrolling by Nottingham was a baptism of fire in the tougher division, but they righted the ship, winning their next two games over Worcester and Staffordshire. They find themselves at .500 at the break with a 42-11 loss to Warwick rounding off a decent, if not spectacular, semester one.
Staffordshire have a lone 0-18 win over the Worcester Royals, who are winless, to round off the results.
With all teams having played each other once at the break, we have a good look at how the conference will pan out. Nottingham will likely go 8-0, since nobody has looked close to stopping them. Warwick look strong for the number two spot at 3-1, with comfortable wins over the rest of the pack.
Meanwhile LJMU and Staffordshire will attempt to battle it out for bronze, whilst the other will be left in fourth. The Royals have been taking a lot of injuries and at this point appear to be facing an uphill battle to not go winless. Prove us wrong Worcester!