I tell you what, this is a cracking set of fixtures in the Adult Contact National league this week with more belters than the back catalogue of the Spice Girls!
However, we do have a couple of casulties to report with the Sandwell/Crewe (Covid) and Scunthorpe/South Lincs (Roster Numbers) games being postponed. Just on the mention of Sandwell, it was announced this week that HC Paul Kent has stepped down from the role, with Stuart Andrew taking over at the position.
Furthermore the Sheffield vs Leeds game is now a controlled scrimmage due to Covid impact for Leeds…
Top of the bill is the Titans @ the Nighthawks. Two perennial Premiership teams, two teams that have not been afraid to put points on the scoreboard. It may all come down to defence in this one and who can get the odd stop or two. I probably will take the Titans to win in by a score or two, but let’s hope for something of the same ilk of last weeks Nighthawks game when they beat Chester 49-40. These 2 teams played out enthralling contests in 2019 too, with the record split at 1-1, both teams taking the home victory (43-30 Titans, 50-33 Nighthawks).
In the Thames Valley division, the impressive Wembley Stallions travel to the Blitz B, are currently 2-0 and scoring 19 points in each of those games. This is a repeat of the game from week 3 game, with the Stallions taking the game at home. It will be interesting to see if Blitz B can close the gap having homefield advantage in week 4. Staying in the division, the Hornets and Cheetahs is an intriguing one with the Cheetahs bouncing back from their week 1 loss to beat Oxford and the Hornets winning first time out, smashing the same Oxford team 34-0 last week.
Another decent game on paper is the Sussex Thunder travelling to Solent in the South division. Sussex struggled in the week 1 fixture, going down 34-0 at home, seemingly due to lack of numbers. Hopefully a few more numbers have found their way to Sussex, otherwise a similar scoreline could repeat down on the south coast.
Some other fixtures that catch the eye are the Northants Knights travelling to Nottingham to face the Caesers in the Central East. Caesers will be fancies for this one but the Knights may be “better for the run” after a narrow defeat in week 1, 14-6.
In the East Anglia division, someone’s 0 has got to go when the Norwich Devils take on the Cambridgeshire Cats. Based off of 2019 standings, the Cambridgeshire Cats (SFC 1 East) probably favoured to take the W against the Devils (SFC 2 East) in that one.
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East Essex should have the beating of the Sussex Thunderbolts at home after the Sussex team struggled last week in a tough game against the unforgiving Essex Spartans, losing 62-2, though did get the first points on the board in that one.
Knottingley Raiders and the Doncaster Mustangs do battle and looks to be a finely poised encoutner on paper. Doncaster did put up a decent fist of it against Humber last week whilst Knottingley were comfortably beaten by half time in their game against the Sheffield Giants so it may be a game close enough to make it interesting, especially considering the two teams would both have this earmarked as a winnable game when the fixtures were set.
The other fixture I am having trouble picking a winner in is the game between Bristol Apache vs the Somerset Wyverns. The teams exchanged victories back in the SFC 2 West 2019 season, both going to the away team. Considering this is the first Wyverns game of the season, I’ll give the edge to the Apache, who smashed Torbay 52-0 already this season, not that the result gives us much in terms of form considering Torbay’s start to the year. talking of Torbay, they welcome the Jurassic Coast Raptors to town in a game both will fancy winning. I’ll give the edge to the Raptors considering the size of defeats Torbay have suffered so far this season, giving up 101 points through their first 2 games. Both teams have been beaten by the Cornwall Monarchs, with the loss by the Raptors by a slightly lesser margin.
The Lancashire Wolverines should beat the Halton Spartans, especially being at home but both teams seemingly in a bit of disarray this year so who knows what scoreline we get. Halton’s narrow loss to Chester stands up quite well in isolation considering the fight the Romans put up against the Nighthawks 2 weeks ago.
The Darlington Steam should have too much for the Gateshead Senators based of results thus far season, Darlington comfortably beating the DC presidents and the Senators having an expected tough time of it against the Vikings. It would surprise me if this one was close however.
The rest of the fixtures seem to have blowouts or wide margins and expect comfortable victories for Northumberland, Yorkshire and Shropshire.
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Current Predictions update: 29/38 on the season, leading the 5 fixture competition by 2 correct results. i am 13/15 in the fixtures selected. Let’s keep up the good run!
Week 4 Predictions:
- Norwich to beat Cambridgshire
- Doncaster to beat Knottingley
- Northumberland to beat DC
- East Essex to beat Sussex
- Manchester to beat Merseyside
- Darlington to beat Gateshead
- Lancashire to beat Halton
- Wembley to beat Blitz B
- Hertfordshire to beat Hornets
- Yorkshire to beat Humber
- Nottingham to beat Northants
- Shropshire to beat Staffordshire
- Solent to beat Sussex
- Apache to beat Somerset
- Jurassic Coast to beat Torbay