Game Preview | BAFA NL ’19 – Nighthawks vs Falcons

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 After a useful bye week following a second defeat of the season, the Nighthawks return to action this weekend, hosting the Leicester Falcons at JMO Sports Park on Sunday 7th July.

Leicester are coming into the game having had an indifferent season. Faced with some adversity to start the season with the BAFA controversy around import players, Leicester have leaned on their university QBs, Ted Watts and Marcus Urbanski, and veteran QB Brad Thompson to guide their team this year. Currently sitting in 4th position in the table on 2-5, the Midlands outfit will be looking to add to their victories over Edinburgh and Sheffield when they visit the high flying Nighthawks this weekend. Reverting back to the Div 1 playbook of 2018, the Falcons found success in their 2 back system, with the defence keeping the Wolves to 0 points and stifling a Phoenix offence until the 4th quarter.

The Nighthawks come into the game on the back of a crushing 43-30 loss to local rivals Manchester. Whilst this is a must-win game for the Hawks, Manchester’s loss to Edinburgh Wolves last weekend has re-opened the door for Merseyside to control their own fate this season with regards to post season football.

The resilience shown towards the end of the Titans game, where the Nighthawks scored 2 late touchdowns to steal the head to head lead over Manchester. That resilience will be put to the test this week with Leicester in town, as they try to stifle Merseyside’s high octane offence, which will only be stronger this week with the addition of WR Liam Holebrook, who returns to the team after a brief hiatus from football.

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