BAFA week 9 update

BAFA week 9 update
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With their International schedule now behind them, the Tamworth Phoenix were back in their comfort zone of BAFA’s National League. They overwhelmed the Merseyside Nighthawks 62-0 after being 41-0 ahead at the half. They advance to a 4-0 record in the Premiership North and can now focus on retaining their BritBall title.

Playing their first game since the tragic loss of Charles Mack, the Cambridgeshire Cats would have been pleased with their 40-0 win over the Wembley Stallions in the SFC 1 East. Next week they travel to Kent to play the Exiles in a top of the division clash although the London Hornets also have an interest in the division title.

The Northumberland Vikings took on the Yorkshire Rams in the NFC 1 North and shut out their opponents 21-0 in the first half. On their opening possession of the second half the Rams scored and began to make a game of it.  Despite the Rams fight back, the Vikings always managed to stay ahead and ran out 34-28 winners to cement their position at the top of the NFC 1 North at 4-0. I am grateful that I was able to watch the game via the stream from Vikings TV.

In the same division, the Lancashire Wolverines improved to 4-1-1 with a 58-0 triumph over the Leeds Bobcats who have yet to win a game.

In the NFC 1 South the Sandwell Steelers stayed in touch of the (5-0) Leicester Falcons with a 34-7 win over the Shropshire Revolution while the Doncaster Mustangs downed the Coventry Jets 22-3 to log their first win of the season.

The Staffordshire Surge overwhelmed the Humber Warhawks 49-0 to improve to 6-0 in the NFC 2 South while the Birmingham Bulls 27-0 shutout of the Crewe Railroaders moved them to 5-0 in the same division. The two division leaders face each other in week 12 when the Surge are the host team with the return game the final one of the regular season for both teams in week 15.

While the Surge and Bulls continue to enjoy success, the two winless teams in their division faced each other with the Lincolnshire Bombers registering their first win of the season after knocking off the Knottingley Raiders 39-17.

The South Wales Warriors shutout the Worcestershire Black Knights 48-0 to improve to 3-0 with July proving the important month in the SFC 2 West when the Warriors play the (4-0) division leaders Torbay Trojans twice.

The Hertfordshire Cheetahs were chasing the (4-0) Portsmouth Dreadnoughts in the SFC 2 South and certainly made a statement when crushing the Hastings Conquerors 110-0 to stay in the hunt for the division title. Forget the power rankings that are purely click bait, the division title between Hertfordshire and Portsmouth will be decided when they battled it out over two games in July.

Billed as a “Saturday Night Lights” game in the SFC 1 Central, the Sussex Thunder powered their way into a 32-0 lead. After the Berkshire Renegades scored in the final period, an interception returned for a touchdown by the Thunder saw Sussex triumph 39-6. Although the victory for the Thunder was sweet revenge for their 26-9 defeat by the Renegades in the season opener, they are still playing catch up to the (5-0) Solent Thrashers who head the division.

Cambridgeshire Cats game photo is copyright @SteelUK.

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