Week 8 saw an interesting bunch of results didn’t it?
Let’s get the bad out of the way first: Couple of canned fixtures saw Scunthorpe (Covid) take the walkover victory over the the South Lincs Lightning. Hearing from the grapevine that it was a bit of a surprise considering not much had changed from the week prior that saw the Lightning take the close fought victory. Sussex Thunder had to withdraw, also due to number issues in their game against the Rushmoor Knights.
We saw 7 fixtures where one team failed to score and 2 50-burgers. One game featured both and Tamworth with home comforts handed Shropshire their first defeat of the 2021 season. As HC Jason Scott put it: “Another great day at the office”, which sums it up nicely for the “Phamily”.
Comfortable victories for the Yorkshire Rams (3-0) and Cambridgeshire Cats (4-0) saw both of those teams stay undefeated through week 8. For the Rams, Quarterback Josh Green with (I counted) 4 passing TDs and a rushing TD on the opening score of the game. The defence getting in on the act also with a pick 6 courtesy of Fred Idiong. They also converted a 1st and 3 which must be up there with the longest 1st down yardage converted. Homework: Anyone know of a longer 1st down yardage that was converted? Hit me up @Full10Yards on Twitter. Talking of Pick 6s, Cambridgeshire had multiple, Denzell Hughes, Shelton Thigpen and Kieron Lock on the prowl with the defensive score for the Cats.
Covering the rest of the shutouts, The Essex Spartans only played a half before the Squadron were recalled to base. For the Spartans, it was a case of Safety in Numbers as they helped themselves to two of those.
The Somerset Wyverns and Jurassic Coast Raptors seemingly played at a defensive battle over in the South West Division. Wyverns scoring late in the 1st half, enough to take the victory back to Somerset. Raptors now 2-2, Wyverns improve to 2-1 as they all look up to the Apache. The Raptors face of against the Monarchs next week.
6 points in each of the first 2 quarters was enough to see South Wales record their second victory in the Severn division, defeating Swindon Storm in another game where defences enjoyed themselves. Swindon now have a 3-2 record with the chasing pack edging clearer. Birmingham and South Wales will now fancy their chances at being best of the rest as the Aztecs run away in that particular division. Warriors face off against Hereford next week expecting to continue their winning mentality whilst the Birmingham Bulls should taste victory against the Worcestershire Black Knights if form is to go by thus far.
Finally, Gateshead put DC Presidents to the sword and correct me if I am wrong, but they won by the exact same scoreline as their previous meeting, 44-0.
Wembley Stallions must have shares in Topman (#NotASponsor #OtherStoresAvailable) as they get their second tie of the season. Somewhat surprising result in the 18-18 final scoreline but with it, Wembley are still unbeaten at 3-0-2. The teams do battle again in early September as the Hertfordshire Cheetahs have a couple of fixtures against the Blitz B and Oxford Saints to give Wembely a bit of Maximo Park (apply some pressure).
An expected result but a decent matchup by the sounds of it saw Sheffield Giants defeat the Doncaster Mustangs. 27-14 to Sheffield was the Half time score, Sheffield pulling away in the altter stages with Taylor Umland having himself a day with multiple passing TDs and a rushing TD to boot. BUT! fear not Doncaster fans, you have a fan for life here…
In the closest matchup of the week, the Full10Yards sponsored Crewe Railroaders’ missed PAT was pivotal as they were defeated by a solitary point to the Staffordshire Surge. Crewe are still looking for a match day social media person if you are in the area and wanting to do something that makes my job easier when writing my reports. The “A500” bowl saw a missed FG in the final few seconds too (assuming by Crewe, judging by Surge’s tweets). They’ll do battle in 2 weeks time.
In probably the best matchup for the specattors (yet again) was the Chester Romans game against the Merseyside Nighthawks. After playing out a 49-40 thriller a few weeks back, they were both at it again in similar fashion with the Merseysiders coming away with another battle hardened victory 41-34. Again, I’d love to bring oyu some TD scorers and some stats, but alas, no social media info on their Twitter, so I am unable to do so. Nighthawks move to 3-1 whilst the Romans fall to 1-2.
Let’s move north of the border then and there were a few games in Scotland.
To the Saltire division and it’s THREE CHEERS FOR DUNFERMLINE who get their first ever competitive victory. Congrats to HC Choat and all of the gang up there. They overturned a previous heavy 38-3 defeat into a 15-12 victory up in Invergordon. I know that trip back down the A9 would have been rather sweet.
Staying in the division, Dumfries Hunters secure a victory in their game with Clyde Valley, both teams stepping foot on to the field for the first time this season. Slight surprise looking at the scoreline considering the trajectory of the teams from 2019, but unsure what’s been going on with those two teams since then so will keep a watch out.
There is a two week break in that division and all 4 teams reconvene as the Kings host the Hunters and the Blackhawks face the Stags.
East Kilbride doubled down on their win against the Wolves as the Pirates demolished the Inverclyde Goliaths in the Caledonia division. East Kilbride taking a 2-0 record through their first two games and next week sees Glasgow and the Tigers take the field against the Wolves in their first game which is the only fixture left this month in the division.
Rounding us out is a cross divisional game, but will be a divisional game in 2022 as the Solent Thrashers continue to slay all in front of them, beating the O’s 22-14. Haven’t got much to go on in terms of player stats and game flow apart from Solent taking a 16-0 lead and seemingly having things in hand throughout. They travel to Bournemouth to take on the Bobcats next week.
Photographer of the week: Jason Brown
We stay on the Solent London O’s game for our Photographer of the week. Jason Brown Captured some lovely shots between the teams, you can find more of his work at: https://www.jasonbrownphotography.co.uk/
So there it is, Week 8 done and dusted. Predictions wise, I went 12/16 on the completed fixtures making 87/110 on the season.
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