Hi folks, hope you are all doing well, thanks for reading the Britball Week 6 Preview post!

Before we get going, you may have seen last week I poked the London Warriors nest by saying how much they don’t connect with the rest of the Britball community. Well, they happened to slide into my DMs on Instagram. We’ve arranged an interview which will be done in the next few weeks, so eyes peeled! Any questions, be sure to DM us on Twitter or Instagram and we’ll get the best ones asked.

Thanks to the Warriors for reaching out, glad to know they read the content 🙂

Also, another bit of housekeeping, no podcast this week for the preview, we did however have a podcast with Darlington Steam HC Darren Mitchell, which you can find here. Was great to speak to him and I got the sense that they are more than happy with the way things are going not only for the team, but the area too, which is great to see. Need a powerhouse in the North East!

Let’s get to the fixtures, and there are 3 things that are guaranteed in life: Death, Taxes and a Britball cancellation. Few to tell you about for week 6. We know of course Halton are done for the year, but Solent’s game with Sussex and Sheffield’s game with Knottingley are also off at the time of writing, leaving us with 14 fixtures left on the schedule.

It’s time to get the bagpipes out as we see our first Scottish fixture enter the fray as the Highland Stags take a trip down the A9/M90 (lovely scenery on the A9 by the way, thoroughly recommend) to take on Dunfermline Kings in the Saltire division. As a former King back in 2019 myself, best of luck to the gang in their first game! Should be a close game if things have relatively stayed the same since 2019 when both teams were associates.

Can everyone please cross their fingers to ensure the weather or just everything in general stays clear of the London Olympians fixture with the Blitz. They are yet to complete a full game this year after one cancelled game and last week’s postponement.

Elsewhere in the fixture list, a lot of intrigue up and down the country and I fancy quite a number of these games to be close, which would be great after last week lack of competitiveness on the whole.

I’m really interested to see how much the Cornwall Monarchs can push the Bristol Apache at home in the South West. Cornwall have been fairly comfortable thus far this year and will be a real litmus test for them this week. Both teams are 2-0 and could be a pivotal game in the divisional race. I’ll give the edge to the Apache.

The East Anglia division is fairly nip and tuck and will remain so even after the 2 fixtures in the division in week 6. Ipswich host Cambridgeshire with both teams 2-0 with the winner taking a 1 game lead into week 7, whilst Norwich and Colchester Gladiators face off for the right to keep chase in the division. Both these teams lost to Cambridgeshire in the form book. Either way, good to see a competitive division where each team cant beat each other any given week.

In the Hadrians division, either Gateshead or DC Presidents will get in the win column (tie aside) as they face off after defeats in their games thus far, with both teams being defeated by Northumberland, which was to be expected. I’ll take Gateshead in this one, however. Staying in the division, the top two go at it as Darlington put their progress to the test against the strong Vikings outfit who faced off in a scrimmage last week against Manchester. It would be a surprise if Northumberland aren’t comfortable in this one, but the Darlington side are not lacking in confidence so we’ll see how close they can push them and for how long.

In the White Rose, Leeds travel to Doncaster in what could be a close fixture. I give Leeds the slight edge, but their loss to Humber was a slight surprise to me and both teams have actually been defeated by Humber this year by 1 score. This is Doncaster’s 4th game of the year whilst it is only the second time Leeds have stepped on to the gridiron.

In the Central East, the 0-2 Lincolnshire Bombers take on the 1-0 Scunthorpe Alphas. The Alphas took this fixture by a 10-3 scoreline 3 weeks ago. Elsewhere in the division, the Northants Knights get a break from playing the Nottingham Caesers as they face off against South Lincs Lightning, who make their long awaited start to the season. I think judging by the level Northants have played thus far, i’d be surprised if they don’t take the win here.

Couple of fixtures left to go and in the Thames Valley, Blitz B tackle the Hornets who come off back to back defeats to Hertfordshire Cheetahs. Probably take Blitz B to win this one but for some reason I have upset in my gut, possibly the 2 strawberry tarts I ate that were 3 days out of date.

I dont see an upset in the Tamworth vs Sandwell game, a repeat fixture from week 5 where Sandwell’s tumult showing as Tamworth were ruthless in their 61-0 win last Saturday. Sharp turnaround and Coach Butler won’t even be able to call plays on the sideline so i expect a similar result in week 6. Not sure if this one will be streamed, cant see anything on Onside Production’s YouTube Channel at the time of writing, but did cover last weeks game between the two sides so I would be hopeful.

In the Severn division, unless something strange happens, I see a win for Swindon against the Black Knights, who have had a tough time of it thus far this year. Swindon bouncing back nicely after their first game defeat to the Aztecs and Swindon took their previous meeting with Worcestershire quite comfortably 3 weeks ago.

Finishing us off is the of late recently improved Lancashire Wolverines, by way of results anyway, taking on Merseyside. I expect Lancashire’s recent revival to come to a halt here as Merseyside look to get back to winning ways after their 42-10 loss against Manchester.

If you are keeping track of my predictions, I am currently 56/66 (84%) on the season and still leading the way in the 5 fixture prediction competition, going 4/4 last week (1 game abandoned).

So there we have it, another week previewed in Britball world.

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