By Tim Monk (@Tim_MonkF10Y)
This week saw division titles being won and trap doors being opened so let’s dive right into it and give you the results and the provisional playoff picture…
Absolute scenes in this division with it going to the wire!
The Manchester Titans stormed out to a 17-0 lead against the Tamworth Phoenix, only for the Nix to come back with 3 second half TDs to take the game 21-17.
For Manchester, this was a game that had everything on the line for them. Win and in, lose and potentially be out of the playoffs.
With the loss, they were looking for the Sheffield Giants to do them a favour and avoid defeat.
Sheffield themselves were embroiled in a relegation dogfight, knowing that avoiding that defeat would mean Prem North Football next season.
There was a lot of hush on the interweb and social media, but once all the Titans’ fingernails were bitten off, it trickled out that it was a 22-22 tie!
The epitome of joy and despair shown after the final whistle sees the Giants safe but the Nighthawks missing out on the postseason.
So for the relegation spot, it came down to the game between the Edinburgh Wolves and the Leicester Falcons. Winner stays in, loser falls through that trap door.
Unfortunately, Leicester were unable to put up too much off a fight, battling hard all season with the deck stacked against them. It was a comfortable 47-6 win for the Wolves who secure top flight football again in 2020.
Manchester Titans 17-21 Tamworth Phoenix
Edinburgh Wolves 47-6 Leicester Falcons
Sheffield Giants 22-22 Merseyside Nighthawks
Pretty much no implications at the top with the Warriors and the Blitz already confirmed for some August football (doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as January Football does it?).
The Warriors helped themselves to the 50 burger shutout combo vs the Bristol Aztecs where as the Blitz has a bit of a closer game, defeating the Olympians by a single point! Unfortunately the game had to be called inside the two minute warning due to a serious player injury so best wishes for a speedy recovery.
The Farnham Knights were unable to challenge the Kent Exiles, losing 19-0 and dropping down a division for 2020. Things may have turned out differently after a nervy opening half from both sides, but Kent put in the performance in the 2nd half to secure their places at the top table in the South.
London Blitz 15-14 London Olympians
Bristol Aztecs 0-55 London Warriors
Kent Exiles 19-0 Farnham Knights
NFC 1 North
Big game in the division saw the Northumberland Vikings take the spoils in a gritty game against the Aberdeen Roughnecks 16-6. The Vikings take the #2 seed into the playoffs at the expense of the EK Pirates. Don’t forget to check out our podcast with Coach O’Reagan of the Vikings last week!
The other dead rubber saw the Rams take a 15-12 victory over the Glasgow Tigers, who missed a field goal with 6 seconds left to tie.
Northumberland Vikings 16-6 Aberdeen Roughnecks
Yorkshire Rams 15-12 Glasgow Tigers
NFC 1 South
2 wins for the teams participating in the post season;
The 10-0 undefeated Sandwell Steelers will host the EK Pirates in the post season after they had secured the #1 seed. They beat the Lancashire Wolverines 29-24 after a spirited comeback in the 2nd half by the Wolverines and win the NFC 1 North.
Shropshire will travel up to Northumberland in 2 weeks (start walking now!) and defeat of the Nottingham Caesars will at the very least put the confidence and morale high going in to the postseason game.
Nottingham Caesars 14-37 Shropshire Revolution
Sandwell Steelers 29-24 Lancashire Wolverines
SFC 1 Central
Talking of undefeated teams, the Solent Thrashers did just that despite a 1 score game against the Hertfordshire Cheetahs. The result also meant that the Cheetahs miss out on the post season too as the Sussex Thunder win over the Berkshire Renegades by the score of 48-12 means that they snatch the playoff berth from under the noses of Hertfordshire. That result also meant the Renegades were relegated from the division. That was because in the 3rd game in the division saw the Oxford Saints defeat the Portsmouth Dreadnaughts 22-13. A lot of ramifications in all these games here!
Solent Thrashers 24-19 Hertfordshire Cheetahs
Sussex Thunder 48-12 Berkshire Renegades
Portsmouth Dreadnoughts 13-22 Oxford Saints
SFC 1 East
The Cambridgeshire Cats took the division title after securing a 29-0 victory over the Colchester Gladiators, condemning the Gladiators’ bottom spot in the division.
Cambridgeshire will now host the Sussex Thunder whilst the London Hornets travel to the Solent Thrashers.
In the other game in the division, the Wembley Stallions defeated the Bury Saints 16-14 in essentially a dead rubber (is there such a thing in our game?!?!)
Wembley Stallions 16-14 Bury Saints
Cambridgeshire Cats 29-0 Colchester Gladiators
NFC 2 North
In the 2nd tie of the weekend, the Clyde Valley Blackhawks only needed that draw to confirm themselves as division champions. The Dumfries Hunters were unable to get the victory wo will have to settle for 2nd.
The newly crowned champions still have 1 piece of business to attend to and that’s to host the Inverclyde Goliaths next week.
Dumfries Hunters 6-6 Clyde Valley Blackhawks
NFC 2 Central
The Leeds Bobcats enjoyed a 40-20 win of the Knottingley Raiders but already have 2nd spot secured in the division. 1 set of fixtures left to play next week sees Halton Spartans go for the perfect record as they host Morecambe Bay Storm and Furness Phantoms face the Knottingley Raiders where the Phantoms look to try and lift themselves off the bottom of the division.
Knottingley Raiders 20-40 Leeds Bobcats
NFC 2 South
Unfortunately the game between Lincolnshire Bombers and Crewe Railroaders also had to be called early (3rd quarter) due to a player injury. Best wishes to the player involved and hope he is ok.
The result sees both teams confirmed in their current league table positions, with Lincolnshire confirmed 2nd and Crewe confirmed bottom of the pile.
Crewe Railroaders 0-26 Lincolnshire Bombers
SFC 2 West
No games played this week.
South Wales Warriors will be going for the undefeated season next week when they host the Cornish Sharks.
SFC 2 South
Hastings Conquerors were finally able to get on the scoreboard but were beaten 54-8 by the Jurassic Coast Raptors. The result confirms Hastings to the root of the division as the Raptors were the team immediately above them.
Elsewhere, Swindon Storm were shut out by the London Blitz B 47-0 which confirms their undefeated regular season.
The final set of fixtures next week sees Hastings take on the Bournemouth Bobcats and the Raptors hosting the Swindon Storm. Just pride on the line in these ones.
Hastings Conquerors 8-54 Jurassic Coast Raptors
Swindon Storm 0-47 London Blitz B
SFC 2 East
Last up, in what Good ‘ol JR calls a slobberknocker, the Ipswich Cardinals defeat the East Kent Mavericks 40-35.
The final set of fixtures sees all 6 teams in action;
East Essex Sabres host the Mavericks, Essex Spartans host the Cardinals and the Norwich Devils take on the Maidstone Pumas. The Essex Spartans are the final team seeking an undefeated Regular Season.
Ipswich Cardinals 40-35 East Kent Mavericks
Some decent, competitive games across the board this week in Britball as the battle between the 50 Burgers vs the Shutouts, the Shutouts win 4-2 and we had 2 tied games in games that had consequences at both ends of the tables.
Below are the provisional post season fixtures:
London Warriors vs Manchester Titans
Tamworth Phoenix vs London Blitz
Northumberland Vikings vs Shropshire Revolution – (LIVE on YouTube)
Sandwell Steelers vs East Kilbride Pirates
Cambridgeshire Cats vs Sussex Thunder
Solent Thrashers vs London Hornets
Away from the leagues, we had 1 associate game where the Hereford Stampede defeated the Torbay Trojans 12-0!
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This week we will feature the Dunfermline Kings and how they are getting on in the Associate Process. We will focus our attentions to the post season too.
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