Week 2 is (kind of) in the books! Hope you were able to catch some of the live action, courtesy of Onside TV for the Leicestershire vs Shropshire game, which had a long delay due to injury and was then abandoned due to lightning in the local area being reported. You can catch the 1st half of the game here at at the bottom of the post.
Week 2 Report:
Absolute decimation across the Britball world this week. Even before the games kicked off we had Aberdeen and Portsmouth withdrawing for the season.
Added to that, Halton Spartans forfeited their game against the Manchester Titans due to low numbers and games between Cambridgeshire/Colchester and Worcestershire/Hereford were postponed due to Covid outbreaks with players involved in one or more of the teams.
So we finally get to Sunday with 3 games wiped out from the original 14, 2 games were abandoned due to lightning/bad weather in the area.
The Leicester vs Shropshire games was probably one of the weirdest games to watch for a long time with their star QB and WR from the game against Tamworth being suspended after it was reported by Onside TV prior to the match starting in their stream that a complaint from the Tamworth Phoenix was made. BAFA then identified a problem with the players’ paperwork and Leicester were informed late on Friday that they would be unable to take the field until the “administrative error” had been sorted. Assistant Head Coach for the Falcons spoke to Onside Productions prior to the game and said that it should be sorted within the next 2-3 weeks.
So who went to play at QB? Step forward 55 year old and former Nottingham Hoods QB Mark Grossner. The offensive line struggled to cope with the ferociousness of the Shropshire pass rush and defensive line and Grossner was sacked throughout the 1st half, coughing the ball up on multiple occasions, including the 1st 2 drives giving Shropshire excellent field position and were inside the 5 yard line of Leicester twice, without being able to score.
A long delay inside the 2 minute warning due to injury to a Shropshire Offensive lineman saw a delay of about an hour before we got a finish to the half, in which Shropshire were pinned on the half yard line, but Leicester unable to force a safety.
The half time break came, and so did the weather and due to the aforementioned injury delay and after discussing with each team, it was decided the tie would be abandoned which is an absolute shame as the intrigue to watch the second half was there for everyone watching the stream.
With the abandonment, clearly Leicester will be the more pleased with that as it gives them a mulligan and another week closer to getting Dante Vandeven back. It was great two see two dominant front 7s on the field on the defence. It was hard to get production in either running game, though Leicester did seem to get a bit of joy on heavy run formations on outside left runs to their left and their was one or two runs from Shropshire that broke off for big gains and a last ditch tackle from a Falcons DB saving the TD.
Elsewhere, game of the week has to go to Merseyside Nighthawks vs Chester Romans which ended up 49-40. Chester have made a decent start to the season and came up just short against one of the premier teams in the country. Comfortable wins for Bristol Aztecs and Northumberland Vikings were expected and panned out that way against Swindon Storm and Gateshead Senators respectively as the gulf in class showed, something which we may see more of due to the way the divisions are aligned this year.
The “Pasty Bowl” between Cornwall and Torbay was not as close as some may have thought and Torbay have had a rough time of it to start the season after being beaten convincingly in week 1 too. Cornwall make it back to back wins to start the year, which stands them in good stead and hopefully Torbay continue to stick at it after two difficult weeks.
Rushmoor Knights put the Bournemouth Bobcats to the sword, showing their class beating a feisty Bournemouth team whose win against Portsmouth in week 1 now not seeming as strong a result as it did this time last week. Norwich Devils took care of Ouse Valley without any real trouble and Ouse Valley now faced with an 0-2 start.
Hertfordshire Cheetahs put their week 1 difficulties in a loss to the Wembley Stallions behind them in the Thames Valley division by beating Oxford Saints in what seemed to be a nip and tuck game until the 2nd half. Oxford coming off the loss to London Blitz B in week 1 may feel that their efforts were worthy of a bit more reward, but not to be so far.
Finally, shout out to the Lincolnshire Bombers Social Media “Tweeter” for some entertainment and an education, as I learned what “snafu” meant after initally thinking it was AutoCorrect gone wrong. He and the Bombers put up a spirited effort in difficult conditions but went down to the Nottingham Caesers by 3 scores, pulling away in the 2nd half.
The Caesers turned to 20 year old QB Liam MacGovern who went 18/33, 225 yards, 2TDs and 2 interceptions. Half Time adjustments for the Caesers getting the job done in a game that including a 75yd rush TD by Samuel AJ. Karim hamed also enjoyed a good day on the ground, with his second successive 100yard game, socring TDs this week too. The rest of the running backs combined for 43 yards on 13 carries. The Caesers have a young squad with a lot of numbers, could be a team to watch not only for this season, but in the next few years.
Hopefully we don’t see a repeat of week 2 as we head into week 3 but i get the dreaded feeling that there is further decimation across the country and some divisions.
All in all, great efforts from Rushmoor, Merseyside, Northumberland, Bristol and Norwich, putting a decent number of points on the board in their first outing of the year against teams that have already played. Similar comments apply to Lincolnshire, despite it being in vain.Great to see Hertfordshire bounce back from their struggles last year and will be interested to see whether that means Wembley Stallions are a team to earmark for their next fixture or two.
Will we get a full season? At this point, you have to doubt it. Espcially with a couple of teams already looking unlikely to fulfull their fixture for next week. More on that through our Twitter when we get news (@F10YBritball).
Week 2 Results List
Rushmoor 31 – 8 Bournemouth
Bristol 61 – 0 Swindon
Cambridgeshire P – P Colchester *POSTPONED*
Pasty Bowl – Cornwall 49 – 7 Torbay
Full10Yards Bowl – Sandwell 44 – 0 Crewe
Northumberland 48 – 6 Gateshead
Manchester 1 – 0 Halton *WALKOVER*
Nottingham 38 – 19 Lincolnshire
Norwich 27 – 6 Ouse Valley
Merseyside 49 – 40 Chester
Hertfordshire 19 – 6 Oxford
Sheffield A – A Yorkshire *ABANDONED*
Worcestershire P – P Hereford *POSTPONED*
Leicester A – A Shropshire *ABANDONED*
In terms of the success in my predictions to date, after going 14/17 in week 1, i went 9/10, with only Oxford my wrong prediction (not including the games that were abandoned). 23/27 (85%) success) is the standing after week 2. I also went 5/5 in the 5 Fixture prediction competiotn, maintaining my 3 points lead over Britballin Vodcast and UKAFS.
We’ll be back later in the week for some reaction and preview ahead of week 3! Make sure you are subscribed to our podcast on YouTube if you haven’t done so already! The more we are supported, the more support we can put back into the sport!