14 fixtures were scheduled for week 3, but as soon as Monday rolled around a couple of fixtures already biting the dust. I’ve been informed that the Surge have pulled out against the Phoenix and Warriors/Olympians game is unable to go ahead due to Covid 19 related problems.
Week 2 recap
Last week I was able to predict 9/10 results with Hertfordshire bouncing back to thwart my 100% efforts. I am 23/27 on this blog thus far. Not a bad effort if I do say so myself.
My main takeaway from week 2 was that scoring was not as hard to come by for the teams first up and there were only 2 shutouts from the 9 games that finished. Northumberland, Merseyside, Bristol Aztecs and Rushmoor seemed like they were never away from the football field, amassing 189 points between them, with Norwich adding 27 themselves first time out this year. It was to be expected for most of those teams, battling it out against those that would have been at least a division below, should the normal division alignment been in effect.
I dont know about you, but there are some really difficult matches to call in this week’s fixtures should the rest of the schedule go ahead (fingers crossed). The ones that stand out to me are the ones that involve both London Blitz teams.
Let’s start with the London division, where we see a rematch of week 1 and the Blitz just edging out the Exiles with a late FG. Will certainly be interesting to see if the Exiles can reciprocate that result on home turf.
On Blitz’s home turf, the Wembley Stallions are the visitors after their week 1 win over Hertfordshire Cheetahs and am intrigued to see how strong that result is going to be. Stallions were impressive and seemingly in control of that one for most of the game wearing their Red/Pink uniforms.
Staying in the region, in the Thames Valley division the London Hornets welcome Oxford Saints and will be interesting to see if the Hornets can hit the ground running and if so, should get off the mark against a Saints team that have battled valiantly in their 2 opening losses this year. That one could be close if Oxford continuing to battle as they have done against the Blitz B and Cheetahs thus far.
Other teams finally looking to get their seasons underway are Worcestershire, who travel to Swindon after they got bashed 61-0 as to be expected by Prem team Aztecs. They, along with Hereford and Birmingham look to get their seasons started and face off against each other in the Severn division.
The Yorkshire Rams will look to try and complete their game this week and have an easier assignment against the Mustangs than the Giants, which was abandoned last Sunday and the Leeds Bobcats face the Humber Warhawks in their first game of the season.
In East Anglia, Colchester and Cambridgeshire will try again after their game was cancelled last week. If that was for Covid reasons (and i cant quite remember at the time of writing), I would be surprised if this one takes place considering the short timeframe between the two games. Staying in the division the Alphas and Bombers go at it in what could be a close game.
Rounding us out, I would expect the Apache to get it done against the Raptors in the South West and newly branded Ipswich Cardinals to beat the Ouse Valley Eagles in a repeat of week 1 where Ipswich took it 24-3.
- Bristol Apache to beat J.Coast Raptors
- Cambridgeshire Cats to beat Colchester Gladiators
- Yorkshire Rams to beat Doncaster Mustangs
- Essex Spartans to be Sussex Thunderbolts
- Birmingham Bulls to beat Hereford Stampede
- Leeds Bobcats to beat Humber Warhawks
- Kent Exiles to beat London Blitz
- London Hornets to beat Oxford Saints
- Ipswich Cardinals to beat Ouse Valley Eagles
- Lincolnshire Bombers to beat Scunthorpe Alphas
- Worcestershire Black Knights to beat Swindon Storm
- Wembley Stallions to beat London Blitz B
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