Week 11 is fast approaching, Teams in England are starting to see the finish line. Teams are in different states, conditions and confidence.
Couple of games that wont be going ahead this week are Bournemouth Bobcats/Sussex Thunder, Knottingley Raiders/Leeds Bobcats, Crewe Railroaders/Sandwell Steelers and Lincolnshire Bombers/Nottingham Caesers. Loving the Batman signals coming from the Caesers’ Twitter this week, the one asking the SW Warriors for a game was contender for tweet of the year.
Just the two fixtures north of the border and both come in the Caledonia division. A return to action for the Edinburgh Wolves as they host the Inverclyde Goliaths and both teams have losses against the EK Pirates this season but the Wolves returned to their best in a convincing win over the Glasgow Tigers a few weeks ago. I think this is a fixture that can go either way, but I’ll side with Edinburgh. The aforementioned Pirates host the Glasgow Tigers in the Glasgow derby (Pretty sure East Kilbride is classed as Glasgow, no?It’s like 15 mins away).
South of the border and in what seems like an absolute age, we also see the return of the two Bristol teams, who both look to extend their leads in their respective divisions. The Apache host the Torbay Trojans, who must want 2021 to end to get back to the drawing board after 6 losses in their games this season and a 52-0 loss the last time these two met.
The Aztecs complete the double header in Bristol as they welcome the Bulls, fresh of their win last week. Bulls only defeat this year was to the Aztecs quite handily and the Aztecs will look to improve to 5-0.
Staying in the western divisions, The South Wales Warriors return to face the Hereford Stampede, who come off the back of a win last week against the Worcestershire Black Knights. On home soil, South Wales should take the victory here.
An intriguing matchup in the South west sees the Somerset Wyverns tackle the Cornwall Monarchs. Both teams aside from their losses to the Apache, have had comfortable victories elsewhere in the division and will be interesting to see if this one is a close game throughout and look to be quite close on paper. I’ll take the Monarchs in a one score game.
Intrigue is also the word I use to describe the Doncaster travelling to Humber game. 24-17 the score in Humber’s favour last time out. That was in week 1 and there has been plenty of positives for both of these teams to take out of this year and I think this one has the makings of a humdinger once more. Losses for both of these teams have either come against Yorkshire or Sheffield, which is nothing to be ashamed of.
To the Mercia division and were 6 teams in action here but Crewe/Sandwell has bitten the dust. The Leicester Falcons will look to get back to winning ways after defeat under the lights against Tamworth last week. The Surge coming off their win against Crewe but that Falcons defence will look to feast in this one. Tamworth travel to Shropshire to face the Revolution. 54-0 the score last time these two met and don’t see joy in this one for Shropshire. A win for Tamworth sees them go the year unbeaten as this is their final game scheduled (according to BAFA’s website), which will be job done for Jason Scott and the Nix.
In the Red Rose, the Manchester Titans and the Chester Romans do battle. Chester games usually mean points and they are of course coming off that huge win over the Leigh Miners in their last 2 matchups. Manchester Titans had themselves a high scoring game with Lancashire last week too, so has everyone pencilled in both teams scoring three figures here? Be interesting to see how far Chester push the Titans after some good battles with the Merseyside Nighthawks too but considering the Titans comfort in dealing with Merseyside, it could be a long slog for that Romans defence.
With Sussex withdrawing, leaving Bournemouth standing at the altar, the only other teams left in the division face off as Rushmoor travel to Solent to face the Thrashers, who have been in fine form this season. Solent are 4-0 in the division with an extra win against the London O’s too. Can Rushmoor pull off a shock here on the south coast?
Talking of Sussex, the Thunderbolts are still playing games and they host the Essex Spartans who have the eye on the divisional prize. One way traffic in this one. Can Sussex pull off the same feat as the previous game between the sides when the Thunderbolts scored a safety for the first points in the game but then conceded 62 unanswered.
Staying east but heading up north to the East Anglia division, the Colchester Gladiators will probably be sad they arent playing Ipswich again as it seems they’ve played every week for the last month. This week they travel to Cambridgeshire to face the Cats. Can their winning streak continue or will the Cats continue to dominate as they have done so far in 2021. They’ll want to fare better than being shutout as they were 21-0 last time out. With a win the Cats will go 6-0 and have every chance of finishing 8-0 this season.
Moving towards the Capital, the Warriors face off against the O’s in one of those classic battles of two big names in Britball. Warriors having a tough time to even get on the field this year and bad news folks, the Warriors guys didn’t want to come on for a podcast this year. I’ll try again next year (and the year after that 😉 ).
Finishing off in the Thames Valley, the Hornets travel to the Wembley Stallions and the last time these two played they played out a 18-18 tie which raised eyebrows at the time considering the Hornets hadn’t won a game and the Stallions were slaying all before them. The Stallions have 2 ties already this season, wonder if there will be a third here. The other fixture in the divisions sees a repeat of a week 1 fixture as the London Blitz B face off against Oxford. 16-12 in week one and Oxford will be looking to get rid of the 5 game losing streak.
So there we have it Week 11, my predictions are below. Make sure you check out our interview this week focusing on the women’s game with Laura Dye and Phoebe Schecter.
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- Bristol to beat Torbay
- Cambridgeshire to beat Colchester
- Cornwall to beat Somerset
- South Wales to beat Hereford
- Leicester to beat Staffordshire
- East Kilbride to beat Glasgow
- Tamworth to beat Shorpshire
- Essex to beat Sussex
- Bristol to beat Birmingham
- Blitz B to beat Oxford
- Manchester to beat Chester
- Wembley to beat Hornets
- Solent to beat Rushmoor
- Doncaster to beat Humber
- Edinburgh to beat Inverclyde
- Warriors to beat Os