Another week has passed and Britball put on a show for us during Week 3. Swindon rebounded swiftly and decisively against Worcestershire slamming 42 points on Offence and a deserved shutout on Defence.
A close game in Wembley saw the Stallions hold firm with a victory over Blitz B, setting up a testy rematch this week. The Kent Exiles narrowly lost again to the Blitz showing a great deal of development and resilience. The Birmingham Bulls opened their account with a consummate corralling of a hopeful Stampede team, notching a comfortable 56 – 6 victory.
In the Thames Valley division the plucky Saints couldn’t build off their tough start to 2021 and looked a little bewildered in their 34 – 0 loss to the Hornets. One’s hoping they can bounce back as they’re better than na 0 – 3 team in reality.
Another 0 – 3 team, Ouse Valley battled hard to keep a close score with Ipswich, finally loosing out 14 – 18. In the rest of the league some predictably dominant performances played out with Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire and East Sussex all handing out beat downs.
Looking to today (18th July) and a decent 16 matchups lie before us. The headliner must surely be the Nighthawks versus the Titans. A premiership clash forged of iron. Both sides have got off to sterling starts in their respective seasons and the game will likely come down to which Defence can force the most turnovers, both Offenses have a nose for the endzone.
The Wyverns kickoff in anger for the first time in nearly two years against the Apache powerhouse which will be a tough fixture to knock off the rust. The Torbay v Jurassic Coast game provides a tight matchup that should see a competitive clash go down to the wire.
The biggest news of the week came from Sandwell as Coach Kent stepped away from the organisation with Stuart Andrew taking over as the interim HC:
“We are sad to say that this week Coach Paul Kent has resigned from his position as Head Coach of our Adult programme. We thank Paul for the dedication and effort he put into his time at the Steelers and wish him all the best in his future endeavours. Following this news, the Committee has appointed Stuart Andrew as interim Head Coach for the rest of the season.” – Steelers FB page.
As one of the toughest and best organised teams in the league, with the results to boot we wish the best to both Paul and Stuart on their new paths. The Steelers have postponed today’s match with players missing.
Week 4 Schedule –
Cambridgeshire Cats V Norwich Devils
DC Presidents V Northumberland Vikings
Doncaster Mustangs V Knottingley Raiders
East Sussex Sabres V Sussex Thunderbolts
Lancashire Wolverines V Halton Spartans
London Blitz B V Wembley Stallions
London Hornets V Hertfordshire Cheetahs
Nottingham Ceasers V Northants Knights
Shropshire Revolution V Staffordshire Surge
Solent Thrashers V Sussex Thunder
Somerset Wyverns V Bristol Apache
Torbay Trojans V Jurassic Coast Raptors
Merseyside Nighthawks V Manchester Titans
Yorkshire Rams V Humber Warhawks
The Sheffield Giants versus Leeds Bobcats has been reduced to a controlled scrimmage due to a lack of bodies. Rushmoor v Bournemouth is postponed due to injuries and Covid. Other cancellations see the Sandwell V Crewe game and South Lincolnshire v Scunthorpe matches postponed.
Please check you local teams Social Media and head off to watch the match if spectators are welcome. Be sure to take plenty of photos and use the hashtag #BritballPics when you share them. The easier it is for the curious to find photos the more new fans our sport will gain!