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BAFA’s National League week 10 highlights

The top game in the National League was the clash in the capital when the London Warriors travelled north across the Thames to battle with the Blitz in the Premiership South. The Blitz struck first, but the Warriors came back as the teams exchanged touchdowns with the Warriors 14-13 ahead at the half.

The Warriors extended their lead at the beginning of the third period and with no further scoring, their 24-13 triumph puts them of the division. Week 16 sees the return game that should decide the division champions.

In the Premiership North, the Tamworth Phoenix shut out the Sheffield Giants. After leading 34-0 at the half, the Phoenix continued to fly sealing a 47-0 victory. The Manchester Titans stay two games behind with a 50-13 win over the East Kilbride Pirates.

On the south coast, the two teams leading the way kept their momentum going by posting wins. In the SFC 1 Central, the Solent Thrashers triumphed 20-0 over the Ouse Valley Eagles to go 6-0 while in the SFC 2 South the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts beat the Bournemouth Bobcats 16-9.

The Dreadnoughts game wasn’t without a scare for the home team. They conceded their first touchdown of the season that saw the Bobcats take a 9-8 lead at the beginning of the second half. Facing their first defeat of the season. Portsmouth’s Stu Rees rescued the situation with his touchdown pass to Jake Smith with the result extending the Dreadnoughts to 5-0.

The Hertfordshire Cheetahs 34-0 win over the Swindon Storm kept them in touch with the Dreadnoughts. Although not the cricket score of the previous week it was another shut out for the Cheetahs to keep their momentum going.

The Gateshead Senators registered their first victory of the season when they shut out the Glasgow Tigers 10-0 in the NFC 1 North.

The Aberdeen Roughnecks continued their winning streak to five games this season when they defeated the Dumfries Hunters 35-14.

The London Blitz B team overwhelmed the East Essex Sabres 58-0 in the SFC 2 East to stay on top of the division while the Norwich Devils kept in touch by edging the Essex Spartans 26-23 after being a point behind going into the final period. The Ipswich Cardinals are still involved in the division battle after their 41-3 win over the Maidstone Pumas.

In the NFC 2 Central the Chester Romans remain undefeated with a 46-18 win over the Furness Phantom and at 5-0 stay top of the division.

The Cambridgeshire Cats suffered their second loss on the season with 3-10 a defeat at the hands of the Kent Exiles. The Exiles now head the SFC 1 East at 4-1 together with the London Hornets who won 27-7 against the East Kent Mavericks.

The top two teams in the NFC 1 South were on a bye week but return to action next weekend with the (5-0) Leicester Falcons travelling to the winless Coventry Jets while the (5-1) Sandwell Steelers host the (1-4) Doncaster Mustangs.

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