The schedule fairies have finally granted an update this week, putting some unforeseen matchups on the table! Unfortunately, this was a touch late for some, so it seems we have a mixture of old and new coming to the gridiron this weekend!
Chester Romans vs Merseyside Nighthawks
By Jordan Townsend
This weekend the Chester Romans face long-time rivals Merseyside Nighthawks. The last two meetings between the local rivals have proven to be exciting games which have gone right down to the wire. With both teams closely losing to the Titans already this year, this will be a tight and tense affair. With both teams looking to secure their first W of 2018, this will be a game to watch.
The Romans have come on leaps and bounds since last year, making small improvements to a few areas which have made for vast improvements across the board. Winning the last two meetings the Romans remain confident yet humble and know their opponent will be no walk over. The Romans have an experienced team, with a several veterans who will prove vital this weekend. The Romans are looking to execute the same game plan this Sunday as they did last time out.
Merseyside will be looking to come out strong and execute on Sunday. They have put last Sunday’s fixture completely behind them, and are fired up and ready for this derby. Last time out the Nighthawks D put on a big show, overshadowing their Offence. However, the offence and the coaching staff believe they can move the chains and put some serious points on the Romans.
This fixture always proves to be a competitive match up between the sides and will certainly be worth a watch. With both sides left with something to prove, and this being a rivalry game, this could be the hottest game of the weekend.
London Warriors vs Cobham Cougars
By Jack Stodel
This Sunday sees the Cougars open their season against the London Warriors, who are currently sitting on a 0-1 record.
After their successes at the u17 level, going all the way and winning the Britbowl, Cobham are “very excited to be taking [their] first steps into Junior football.”
The Warriors will certainly struggle to diminish the confidence of this young Cobham team. However, GB QB Matthew John will use his dual-threat ability, as well as leaning on fellow GB player WR Issai, to do his best to get the job done and even up their record.
Cobham themselves have several GB stars in Louis Hall, Ben Rothwell and Toby Tyson and will look to them to make an immediate impact in a game that could be very interesting, and threatens to turn into a bit of a ‘points fest’.