After their victory over Leicester Falcons last weekend, the Nighthawks schedule doesn’t get any easier, with a tough trip to Tamworth on the cards for the Merseyside outfit this weekend.Tamworth are riding high in the Premiership North, with three consecutive unbeaten regular seasons, and you have to go back to August 2015 for their last loss in this division, which was a 21-14 reverse vs East Kilbride Pirates.
Since then, Jason Scott’s outfit have gone 31-0 in the regular season, conceding an average of just over 7 points per game. Add this stat to the of nearly 50 points per game (1,546 over the last 31 games) and you can see why Tamworth have been dominating the league for so long.
Tamworth are currently 1-0 in the North, having opened their season with a 28-6 victory over Sheffield Giants in Week Two. At face value, this would appear that the Phoenix had lost a step this offseason, but in reality it’s down to adjustments they have made following the loss of starting QB Pat Daley. Daley left in the offseason to join the Hannover Spartans and Tamworth have started life without him in a perfect way.
The Nighthawks certainly have their work cut out for them this weekend, having been on the wrong end of six straight defeats against Tamworth in their 3 seasons in the Premiership North, but Head Coach Craig Pennington is confident that there is certainly reasons to be cheerful, particularly after blowing away the rust following Sunday’s season-opening win.
The Nighthawks must score points to keep pace with Tamworth throughout the game, and their defence must shut down the Phoenix’s prolific offence where it can.
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