The southern section of the third tier was just as much a victim of the football god’s vengeance for DC’s exuberance over last week’s nearly full slate of games, with Greenwich-UEL and Westminster-QMBL looking like they’ve fallen victim to postponement. When will people learn that these gods are not to be taunted!?
Brunel Burners v City Sentinels
A two touchdown shutout win over BNU last weekend has put the Burners at the top of their conference at 3-0 going into their last game before the break. Winning this weekend would place a lot of pressure on to the rest of the conference with such a short season. With the change in the promotion rules as well, it is exactly what the Burners need if they want to be competing in the 1A South next year. With close to six points scored for every point scored against, they are in a good place to continue this trend and maintain their lead in the division.
With a week off to prepare for the conference leaders, the Sentinels are looking to take down the Burners this weekend and move to .500 which would tie them for second in the division along with the undefeated 2-0 Stags and the 2-1 Emperors. Only putting up 9.3 points/game average won’t be enough against the Burners though, whose 12 points conceded this season all came in the first game of the season.
With two shutout wins and a high scoring offense, the Burners should win handsomely this weekend over the Sentinels.
UCL Emperors v Chichester Spitfires
UCL defeated KCL last weekend in a 12-0 victory last Sunday, taking them to 2-1. Aside from the large loss to the undefeated Stags in Week Four, the Emperors have had comfortable win margins in their two shutout wins so far this season.
The Spitfires, despite being 0-2, have only allowed an average of 17 points in each of their games so far which puts the Emperors in a good position to continue from last weekend’s win and notch their third win.
Although Chichester are 0-2 so far this year, both of their losses have been by a single touchdown. The Spitfires will be looking to win this game and go into the Christmas break with a win, ready to come back in late January to face the 2-0 Southampton Stags.
With a winning record and two shutout wins the Emperors should be considered heavy favourites in this matchup.
Aberystwyth Tarannau vs Bath Spa Bulldogs
So here we go. This match up might lack the glitz and glam of a top of the table clash, but there’s actually a lot at stake here as odds are this is a fight to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon.
Bath Spa take the long trip up to Aber (not so good ), but on the plus side probably only need a minibus judging by recent game day turnout and there can put some extra moula behind the bar at their Xmas meal.
The Bulldogs had a pretty nasty injury last week against Gloucester to the point the game had to be postponed. All of us at DC wish #15 a speedy recovery – hopefully his teammates can rally and use Gary Burtier-esque inspiration to carry them to their first win.
Aber continue their player-led coaching movement and will hope to put one in the W column to try and get out of the wooden spoon race . Uniball veteran (read ‘old man’) Craig Amos needs to impart some knowledge on the younglings.
Both teams really need a win but we’re going to go with Bulldogs due to the coaching experience.
Bulldogs to win.
Bournemouth Bobcats vs OBU Panthers.
Well we don’t think anyone saw that coming! Last week we suggested that the Bobcats need to scalp Cuda or the Blitz to make progress this season and they only went and did it!
Bournemouth took down the Blitz in a defence-heavy 13-12 win with Justin Burrows and Ed Dimuna scoring.
The Bobcats now take on the Panthers who have underwhelmed this season and currently sit winless. We were hoping the injection of new blood to the conference would shake things up a bit but alas.
Coach Wykes’ OBU need a win to try and turn their season around whereas Bournemouth come in riding the high of last week.
Although not a fan of their new kit, we are going with Coach Anderson and look to see the program take another step forward.
Bournemouth to take the W.