Game Preview | BAFA NL ’19 – Tigers vs Pirates

When the Glasgow Tigers fixtures were released late last year, this game was undoubtedly going to be one of the most interesting weeks in the season.

After the East Kilbride Pirates dropped down from the Premiership last season, a new cross-city rivalry was born in Division 1. The Pirates had reigned as the established team in Scotland for a number of years but suffered a shock when they found themselves on the end of a winless season.

Despite a new challenge in a new division the Pirates have gone 2-0 in their first two games of the season and living up to pre-season pressure following last year’s disappointment.

The Pirates move the ball against Yorkshire (Photo by Richard Lundy)
In the season opener the Pirates defeated the division’s other Scottish team, the Aberdeen Roughnecks,  23-12. The victory served as a marker for the Pirates this season – the side rushed for three touchdowns, all scored by veteran quarterback Neil Baptie.

Last week’s clash with the Yorkshire Academy Rams saw the Pirates record a 47-12 win. Led again by their running game, East Kilbride rushed for five touchdowns and passed for another two. QB Baptie’s 82-yard run was a highlight for the side in their strongest showing so far.

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Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1