Good Week / Bad Week – BAFA NL 2018 Week Five

Dishonourable Mentions

  • Short on numbers despite only a single fixture under their belt so far, the Cornish Sharks were forced to request their proposed Week Five matchup versus the South Wales Warriors be pushed back to later in the season. Hopes are the Sharks can get a few more players back in action ready for their Week Six game hosting Somerset.
  • The Pain Train continued to chug along for a number of teams this weekend – the Bristol Apache, Bury Saints and Hastings Conquerors all remained winless after hefty losses on Sunday.
  • We whinged back in Week One about the sketchy state of the Under 17’s and Under 19’s game… We thought then we were at least on the cusp of seeing schedules.
    Instead, a month into the season and there’s still no sign of schedules, at least one extra team has dropped off the slate, a fixture’s had to be postponed due to a lack of venue… and all in all, the most crucial components of the British game seem to be in a troubled state right now!
    N.B. Update to this – udpated schedules went out to teams last time for hopefully final FINAL confirmation… Touch wood we’ll have locked down schedules and an updated site later this week!

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Bad Week

Sentinels short on numbers, unable to challenge Chester

While both the Carlisle Sentinels and intended opponents, the Chester Romans, tried valiantly to get the game played, we see our first forfeit of the season as the Sentinels were unable to secure either a home venue, or transport to a flipped fixture at the Romans.

Hopefully the Sentinels can bolster their numbers before travelling to the Romans in Week Seven.

Phoenix Phall sort in Europe once again

Despite a promising first drive and a strong second half, the Tamworth Phoenix were unable to halt the Crusaders’ charge in their second Northern European Football league game, taking a 34-14 loss.

While Tamworth are now more than likely out of contention for the NEFL title, there were some definite positives to take away from the fixture as they moved the ball well in some of their drives – Patrick Daley’s legs in particular showing the same ability to take top European D’s apart as they do in the domestic game – and the Tamworth D held their own in the second half, despite the Crusaders keeping the bulk of their starters in on offence.

The Phoenix now return to National League action, travelling to Merseyside next weekend for their second fixture of the British season.

Colchester continue to crumble with second-straight loss

The SFC 1 East is looking just as messy as it was last season, with no team remaining unscathed so far! Despite their strong start to the year, the Colchester Gladiators now find themselves at .500 after a second straight defeat. Their offence, that started the season so strong, simply hasn’t been putting up enough points in their last two outings, and the 28-6 loss to the Exiles at the weekend drops the Glads from the top spot in the East.

Pirates in peril after giant defeat to Sheffield

In what some were already considering something of a relegation-decider even this early in the summer, the East Kilbride Pirates fell well short against Sheffield on Sunday, losing out 39 to diddly in their second showdown against the Giants.

The loss puts the Pirates at 0-3 with what many would consider their toughest matchups still ahead of them.

Despite a competitive performance against the Wolves in Week Four, the Premiership North is a notably unforgiving conference and if the Pirates can’t pick up some wins soon? They’ll struggle to stay afloat in the top tier.

 


 

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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