A week which saw only two one-score games, an early kickoff on Saturday which was streamed and perhaps one of the widest margins of victory i have ever seen, Britball continues to give us something to talk about.
Live Game Rewind: Tamworth Phoenix @ Leicester Falcons
Week 10 got off to an early start on Saturday with Tamworth @ Leicester streamed live via Cheers Mate productions (was a good little production, hats off to the enthusiastic team).
Controversial start saw what looked clearly an incomplete pass ruled as a catch and fumble by the fficials to be eventually scooped up and run in for the touchdown by #8 Dan Shodipo.
Teams exchanged punts before Leicester score on a QB scramble to the left endzone pylon.
6-6 heading into the 2nd quarter where an Aaron Jones fumble for Leicester leads to a Tamworth TD on offence withn Angus Cook a shovel pass to #5.
A short punt by Leicester on their next drive gave Tamworth great field position, allowing Cook to pass to #7 over the middle to go in untouched for what looks like around a 20 yard TD score. Leicester felt aggrieved as they tried to call timeout just prior to the snap, commentary seem to side with the officials in the sense that it wasn’t called early enough.
Leicester’s 2nd Quarter woes continued on their next drive with a fumble due a muffed hand off exchange to the RB. The defence bailing them out on this occasion with a tipped pass intercepted in the endzone for a touchback.
#13 on the Tamworth offence fairly lucky to stay on the field after an incident after being tackled, the WR kicking the Leicester defence with his studs on to the shoulder of the defender whilst both on the ground.
Nothing much doing for the rest of the quarter and the Half time score 20-6.
Interesting start to the second half saw a big run and an interception from the Phoenix offence, Leicester then giving up a safety off a bad snap on the ensuing drive.
Tamworth then piled on another touchdown with the Tight End #87 wide open in the endzone.
Leicester battled on throughout the rest of the game with a lovely deep touchdown score added to a short yardage rushing TD (#31) from the Falcons deep into the 4th.
All in all, a game with a lot of turnovers, unsportsmanlike conduct calls and Tamworth just about being a bit cleaner in execution on all phases of the game giving them the victory.. Leicester will probably feel a few calls could’ve gone their way and perhaps a bit more security of the football and it would have been a tight one. Tamworth march on and remain undefeated this season.
To the rest of the results, I’ve tried to source some touchdown scorers but as usual, not all social media accounts play ball (pun intended). Anyone out there that knows of TD scorers of games they go to, please hit me up on the Twitter DMs.
Starting in Scotland and the Saltire division, which saw all 4 teams in action.
The Dumfries Hunters overturned a 9-6 deficit at the half to shutout the Dunfermline Kings in the 2nd half to win 22-9. Hearing through the grapevine that Dumfries were perhaps a bit too physical in that second half, but a second loss now at home for the Kings who will want to put that right before it starts becoming a hoodoo.
Clyde Valley’s struggles also continued as they fall 31-8 to Highland Stags. Just the one touchdown for Clyde Valley this year so far from their two games.
Dumfries remain unbeaten in the division and have a step on the rest of those teams.
In the cross divisional game and the battle of the roses, the Merseyside Nighthawks take the victory for the Red Rose with a 26-10 victory over the White Rose Sheffield Giants. Apart from the shutout of the Lancashire Wolverines, Merseyside haven’t been the most stout in defence so was slightly surprised to see them being able to limit the Giants to just 10 points. The fofence continue to roll though and have done for the most part of 2021.
Staying in the Rose divisions, it was points galore for to teams in the red rose where the Lancashire Wolverines were leading at half time against the Manchester Titans. Not aware of how the Titans rotated in this one but it was 24-14 to the Wolverines at the half. A 55pt 2nd half sees the Titans avoid the banana skin.
The Chester Romans see the Titans 55pt half and raise them 127pts for a whole game as they surely go in to the recent record books for the widest margin of victory after they hit a double 50 burger in a shutout win against the Miners. By all accounts the Miners ended up with less than 20 players on the sideline against the ruthless Romans as they must take some credit for at least seeing out the game. I promise it’ll get easier in 2022 guys! 289 points conceded in their 3 games thus far.
A couple of games in the Hadrians division and another comfortable victory for the Northumberland Vikings over the Gateshead Senators, who are now 5-0 and have just conceded 12 points in all of those games. Darlington Steam took a bit of time to get going against the DC Presidents but get the job done. Scoreline was 7-6 at one point in that one, 35-6 the final. Darlington and Gateshead will continue to battle it out for 2nd place in the division and will face off again in 4 weeks time.
Moving to the west coast, we head over to the Severn division and a feisty Swindon Storm team kept Birmingham honest in their 31-21 defeat, Tom Goodall providing a 70 yard TD highlight and apparently another 50 yards in the celebration. With that win, Birmingham (4-1) have a bit of breathing space now over Swindon (3-3). The other fixture saw Hereford and Worcestershire play a close one. Hereford experience their first win of the season and it continues to be a underwhelming season for the Black Knights, who would have wanted and probably expected to do better, but find themselves 0-6.
In the South West, just the one game and we saw a 50 burger shutout as the Somerset Wyverns demolish the Torbay Trojans, similar to their previous scoreline earlier in the season. Looking forward to the Wyverns taking on the Monarchs next week, should be a good game, both teams sitting at 3-1.
No fixtures in the south but hearing that Sussex Thunder will be withdrawing from the 2021 season to regroup and go again, the B team Thunderbolts I think are continuing.
In the South East, Essex were made to work for their 30-20 victory over the East Kent Mavericks. 12-6 the half time score and 18-14 at the end of the 3rd quarter before Essex pulled away. WR Steve (that’s all I’ve got to go on) with a couple of endzone grabs.
Similar comments apply in the Mercia division where Crewe and Staffordshire were tied 7-7 early and the Surge doing just that to their points tally in the 2nd half to take the second “A500” bowl. Staffordshire have the double over Crewe after a previous 7-6 victory. Coach Smith and Crewe likely to be disappointed with the result and would have fancied their chances at home in this fixture.
In the East Anglia division, Norwich Devils survive an early scare from the Ouse Valley Eagles who found themselves 14-0 up. Ouse Valley remain winless on the season, have 2 games remaining against Colchester and Cambridgeshire. Norwich improve to 2-4 and face Ipswich and Colchester themselves.A win against Ipswich will tie their records. Talking of Ipswich, they hosted the Colchester Gladiators for the second week running in a reverse of the scheduled fixture. Similar winning margin as last week sees the Gladiators record a shutout in their 14-0 win for a quick sweep of Ipswich, but was a one score game right until the final few seconds. The win sees them put a bit of breathing room between themselves and the Cardinals, and will face off against division leaders Cambridgeshire next week. For Ipswich it’s another East Anglian derby between themselves and bitter rivals Norwich next up on the fixture list in 2 weeks time.
Hertfordshire Cheetahs were made to work hard for their victory against the Oxford Saints in the Thames Valley division. Oxford did have a 12-7 lead in this one and Coach Barnes was relieved to get the victory judged by his tweet! The Cheetahs have one game left against the Wembley Stallions on the 19th September, which could be a winner takes the division clash!
Rounding us off, in the Central East, the Northants Knights had no issues penetrating the Scunthorpe Alphas defence, which has been a strong point for them this season. Northants defence flexing their own muscles as there were more turnovers than a fully stocked Greggs with a pick six in there too (#40 – Mindham). Seemingly Northants are coming into their own, getting stronger as the season progresses which bodes well for 2022. Big result in the division as that now sees the Knights leap frog the Alphas, both teams having decent years, where not too many can say that. Both teams do battle once again in 2 weeks time.
The other fixture in the division, the lowest scoring of the week sees just the one score and a slight surprise perhaps? Lincolnshire Bombers taste victory for the first time this year as they shut out the South Lincs Lightning 7-0, Ryan Wakeling with the TD for the Bombers. Bombers game next week against division leaders Nottingham Caesers apparently called off, the Caesers Twitter was a great read. For the lightning, you don’t get many points in their matches as there have only been 43 points in their 4 games in total! One for the purists.
Predictions wise, 14/17 on the week – 117/145 on the season, staying in the 80% accuracy I’ve been in for a few weeks.
Was 4/5 in the 5 fixture competition, realised I haven’t put an update in here on that for a while, still in the lead by a decent amount :).
From snaps by the Center to snaps by the photographers now…
Photographer of the week: Mark Ferris – All Sports Photography
Lovely action images here including a Derrick Henry/Josh Norman re-enactment, a hurdle, a pile on and a pylon picture. Can’t beat it.
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