We got a lot more clarity surrounding the sides who will be pushing for promotion, as the leaders of each division solidified their place, while the chasing pack suffered shock results. Here’s the 5 things we learned from another week of Division One action!
The Aberdeen Silvercats were the golden boys of week 4 in the HNC. With Carnegie absent from proceedings, it meant that other teams could win a game for a change! The Silvercats started their day with an impressive win over the Paisley Spartans, before overcoming the Grangemouth Colts in a ding-dong battle for second place in the division. The Colts simply couldn’t keep up with Silvercats speedster Andy Keith, who scored multiple long TDs. The Colts had no answers for Keith, as they fell 30-19. The two sides meet again at the next set of games, but unless the Colts can find an answer for the speed that the Silvercats possess, then they could be resigned to third place in the conference. The Colts’ schedule is tough as nails as well, with two games against Carnegie, and the Spartans also looming.
Honey Badgers’ burger only diet
The Honey Badgers were obviously feeling themselves after defeating the Revolution at the last set of games. With a relatively easy slate of games to contend with, the Nottingham side put a ridiculous 182 points up in three games. Three 50-burger wins on the day makes it five for the season so far, giving us an idea of just how top-heavy the Division One North. The Badgers return to more familiar opposition as they prepare themselves to face the rest of the MEC Division One East.
Revolution Has Breathing Room
The Revolution got back to winning ways with three resounding wins to keep pace with the Honey Badgers. While they’re hoping for the Nottingham side to slip up so they can climb up the seeding, the Revolution will be more concerned with the threat closer to home. The Wigan Bandits were breathing down the necks of the Revolution, but surprisingly drew against the Nottingham Bears, 39 all. The Nottingham Bears have been a surprise package in the league this year, as their improvement has certainly made things interesting! They’ve given the Revolution a half game (and H2H win) lead over the Bandits. The all-or-nothing clash between the Bandits and Revolution for the division crown takes place at the next set of games!
They Honey Badgers won’t just be happy about their own set of results, as they were handed the division in a pretty bow by the Calderdale Knights. The Knights figured to be the closest thing to a challenge that the Badgers would see in their division, but an 0-3 game-week 4 means the race is essentially over. A narrow loss to the Owls, a one-score loss to the Bandits, and a rollicking from the Revolution leaves the Calderdale Knights at 5-4.
The last winless team in Division One North remains the Cheshire Cavaliers. They might have blown their last chance to pick up a W this season, as they were soundly beaten by the Sheffield Giants 2. A 54-18 loss to the development side gave the Cavaliers little chance of picking up a positive result. Their 18-all tie with the Bears is the only non-loss on their record. We hate to see this happen to such a well established team. The Cavaliers compete at numerous invitational tournaments, so their enthusiasm is obvious. The talent drain this past season appears to have been too much to overcome.