Game Preview | BAFA NL ’19 – Trojans vs Warriors

Warriors And Trojans Ready For First Of Two Crucial Meetings

By Twm Owen

The first of back-to-back fixtures likely to decide the destination of the British American Football Association Division Two South West title takes place this weekend. 

The South Wales Warriors travel to Paignton to put their 5-0 record on the line against the equally perfect Torbay Trojans. 

The victors of Sunday’s clash (2pm) will hold the advantage ready for the rematch a fortnight later at the Warriors’ Llanharan home. 

The fixture list and the situation mirrors last season when both undefeated teams first met in Paignton where the Warriors needed a late defensive touchdown to secure a 6-14 victory in the first game in which they had trailed an opponent last season. 

The Warriors then asserted their dominance in the return fixture with a 42-0 victory at the Dairy Field to seal the west title in a season which ultimately finished at the semi-final stage. 

South Wales Warriors defender Akeem Hallisey Photo: Craig Thomas/Replay images
The Warriors currently lead the division on points difference and are also the highest ranked team from the Southern Conference in British American Football website Double Coverage’s Power Rankings with only northern sides Halton Spartans and Birmingham Bulls ranked above them. 

The Trojans are ranked number 10 and will be keen to show they are equal to the Warriors despite having played several closer games than their high scoring visitors. 

Both sides last played on June 9 when the Warriors enjoyed a comfortable 7-26  road win over the Somerset Wyverns. 

On the same day the Trojans did put up 49 unanswered points over the division’s bottom side the Worcestershire Black Knights. That gave the Trojans their second big victory over the Black Knights having also recorded a 46-0 victory in Worcester early in the season. 

Otherwise, though the Trojans have been in closer, lower scoring games this season. They opened their season with a 20-12 home victory over the Bristol Apache, the team relegated from division one who they heavily recruited from during the off-season, and only two points separated them in Cornwall from the Sharks whose only victory has come against the Black Knights. 

Powerful running back Josh Hughes is a key part of the South Wales Warriors’ running game Photo: Craig Thomas/Replay images

While the Warriors were unable to break the 30 point margin, as they have in all their other games, in their two fixtures against the Somerset Wyverns they were never really challenged in either game. The Trojans could only score two defensive touchdowns when they visited Somerset. 

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