South West A – Supers vs Falcons
The last two game days have created a great battle between the top 2 teams in the South West A with Exeter Falcons slipping up in week 3 going 1-2 on the day, then losing out to Weston Supers in Week 4 to give the Supers the advantage heading into the back end of the season. Exeter currently sit one game ahead of the Supers but have played one game more than the rookie outfit. They will play each other once more to close out the season and that could effectively be the Falcons shot at winning the division.
As mentioned, the Supers are in a fantastic position sitting behind the Falcons but fell to cross division foes (1-2). They cleared up against the Hammerheads & Falcons in Week 4. They finish off with a tough run of matches against the Reading Knights and Chichester Sharks in July and face off against Division Rival Falcons next game day but we think it’ll go down to the wire!
South West B – Knights Welcome to the Party
The Knights finally come to the table and gave some fantastic performances since our last update. They dispatched of all their cross conference opponents, and defeated the Southern Reapers in a nail-biting 40-38 win. They compounded that with a two score victory against Bucks Wolves to put them in contention for the division crown. The H2H is now tied with Reapers for the Knights but they have a tough end to the season facing off against Chichester Sharks, and the promotion-chasing Supers and Falcons. They still have a lot of work to do, but they also have the hot hand right now.
South East A – Cougars Slip Up, Panthers / Raccoons take advantage
In the South East A, the Cougars held the advantage but three shock losses against South East B teams has them sitting only a game and a half ahead of their next closest opponents, the Panthers and the Raccoons. The Panthers had a successful outing in the cross conference games beating the Gunslingers in a wet affair, and picking up a tie against the London Flash. However, they’ll be ruing the missed opportunity against the Ware Wolves in a one point loss which could have brought them closer.
The Raccoons are on the same record; the only difference is the H2H which currently sits with the Panthers after a 33-31 result on week one of the season. The Raccoons ended up with a good set of results beating the Wolves and picking up a handy tie against the Gunslingers in which they almost won with 20 seconds remaining after Shad McCook burst through the Gunslingers D only to step out of bounds under pressure from Connor Melay from the Gunslingers. It is shaping up to be slightly more exciting than billed originally, especially with the Raccoons and Panthers chomping at the heels of the Cougars.
South East B – Choo, Choo……There’s a Steam Train Coming Through
After a disappointing opener from the Steam which saw them lose to the Ware Wolves and London Flash, they have since been on a tear and have won 6 straight games, and they’ve not been close. They face off against the Gunslingers who sit just above them half a game ahead this week which will likely decide the division, before facing off again at the end of the year in a likely all-or-nothing contest!
The Gunslingers sit at the top of the table but after a rain-sodden day which saw them beat the Cougars in a low scoring game (15-12), they went on to barely draw against the Raccoons and then lose to the Panthers after a flat affair at the end of the day. They’ll be looking to bounce back against the Steam amd Wolves in Leighton, but with momentum on the side of the Steam, we can see them relinquishing that division lead.
For the second time this season, both the Plymouth Wolverines and London Lucky R’s decided to forfeit games, the latter resulting in their removal from the league. The London Lucky R’s had a successful second week where they went undefeated and you thought they were in for challenging for the division crown but as predicted they pulled out last minute before next game day. Sources say that they weren’t even intending to have enough players for the remainder of the season. And people wonder why there’s an affiliate process…