Though we’re still waiting for a finalised, completely confirmed schedule, that hasn’t stopped some teams striving ahead for success in 2018 as four teams took to the field this weekend…
Week Four Recap
By Alex McLachlan
London Warriors V Cobham Cougars
By Bruin White
The London Warriors defeated the Cobham Cougars 20-6 on Sunday, as Coach Gerry Anderson’s revived Warriors team took on the travelling Junior manifestation of the reigning national champions at Youth level.
Things started off slow for a young Cobham team on the road playing with low numbers, which forced some athletes to play both ways. After losing Quarterback Aidan Stammers, the Cougars quickly found themselves nearly getting shut out by a Warriors team that showed flair.
Three scores on the ground, including an endzone struggle against three defenders by Warriors GB Quarterback Matthew John, saw London get 20 points up. Renowned GB Wide Receiver Issai Rio struggled on the day however, being denied both a touchdown and a 2xp in the second half after a first half which saw him rack up 50 yards rushing.
It wasn’t only a certain Warriors wideout being suppressed, however. Cobham’s offence, having lost their first string Quarterback, saw a series of turnovers forced by a Warriors defence that nearly denied them from the endzone for the entirety of the game. Fortunately for Cobham, though, rookie Running Back Bliss Ukueku ‘broke the ice’ offensively with a late score in the fourth quarter – finishing the day 20 points to 6 in London’s favour.
The unpractised Cobham side will look to take this new experience into their second game of the year, hosting Thames Valley. Likewise, the Warriors will take their first win on the year to the south coast for their next matchup against Solent. Each fixture will take place on June 3rd.
Merseyside Nighthawks vs Chester Romans
By Ryan Duff
After both kicking off their seasons with losses to the Manchester Titans, the 0-1 Nighthawks and Romans both came into Week 4 looking for their first win of the year. In the end, Merseyside came away victorious, emerging at full time with a 14-0 win.
In a game dominated more by physicality than finesse, Merseyside established the run early and went back to it often, with RB Tom Appleton returning from injury to finish just shy of the 100 yard mark. Jacob Diaba too had several big plays on the ground, including punching in the opening score, as well as breaking out on a 40 yard run towards the end of the first quarter.
Into the second quarter, the Nighthawks cemented their lead, holding the Romans to a 3 and out, before QB Jensen Fairhurst found WR Rob Welti for the second and final Touchdown of the game.
For the second game in a row, Chester’s Samir Patel led defence held the opposing side to just two scores, playing suffocating football resulting in an interception and a fumble, and shutting out the Nighthawks offense entirely in the second half. This however was not enough to make up for the Roman’s offense, which couldn’t get anything going all day, conceding six sacks and a safety, whilst failing to put any points on the board.
After two close games, the Romans will hope to claim a win in a testing match up against the defending plate champion Birmingham Lions, whilst the Nighthawks will try to carry their good form into an equally tough game against the Highland Wildcats.