Good Week / Bad Week | BUCS 18/19 Week Nine

Bad Week

With less than half of the scheduled BUCS fixtures actually played out, we’ve got one very obvious candidate for some shaming this week!

 

Bad weather continues to disrupt BUCS season – when will we learn?

While we saw one fixture forfeited due to low player numbers, there was a whopping SIXTEEN fixtures lost to the poor weather in Week Nine.

With only three weeks of the regular season remaining, this now means it’s almost certain that we’ll see a good number of programmes fail to complete their full schedule – something that becomes increasingly difficult to stomach as the sport continues to push for legitimacy within the UK sports scene.

With similar troubles in 17/18, hopes were a front-heavy schedule for most teams might provide some reprieve this winter – but that’s clearly not proven the case.

What IS the answer however? With the BUCS season already somewhat overlapping with the National Leagues, a longer season doesn’t look likely – and though pitch ‘technology’ has improved, all teams are still ultimately at the whim of their facility managers as to whether games can go ahead once the weather takes a turn for the worse…

It looks like Leicester’s time has come…

 

The Longhorns may have kicked off their campaign with a loss – but that narrow loss to Loughborough in Week One actually gave many the impression that this was a Leicester side ready to mix it up with the top dogs in the Midlands this winter.

However, five games into their season and the Longhorns are yet to turn that early potential into any BUCS points. Their hefty loss to Warwick at the weekend leaves them two games adrift at the bottom of the conference, meaning with three games left on the slate the Longhorns pretty much have to win out from this point onwards… or accept the fact they’ll be playing D2 football next season.

Tyrants time in the middle tier done after big loss to Fury?

Just one week after their first win of the year, it looks like Manchester’s time in the middle tier is under serious threat following a significant loss to the Liverpool outfit at the weekend.

Having bested the Fury just a few days early, a disastrous first half left the Tyrants 30 points adrift going into the break, and though they stiffened up defensively during the second half allowing just a single further score, a first shutout defeat of the season for the Tyrants means they move perilously close to the drop to Division Two.

Two games remain to save their season, against the Rams and Warriors, both of whom have already comfortably dispatched the Tyrants earlier this season.

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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