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What We Learned – BAFACL 2022 – Week 4

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Four whole weeks in the books and yet another week of fantastic football, big blowouts and even a tie. All teams have now played at least 1 game this season and some of the fog is beginning to clear around where teams are within their conferences.

There is still a lot of football left this year but if the first four weeks are anything to go by, it’s going to be a good year. So, let’s get ready to see what Week 4 taught us.

3 Games Postponed due to no officials

It’s a sad statement but only four weeks into the season and the lack of officials available has caused issues. Many said this would happen with the new condensed schedule forcing more games into less time putting strain on an already stretched group. I’d love to say I can see this getting better throughout the season, unfortunately, I fear it’s only going to get worse.

Rams Run Rampant

The Yorkshire Rams are only two games into their 2022 campaign and already they are looking unstoppable. They have racked up an eye-watering 170 points in just two games. First, they put 80 up against the Glasgow Tigers, they then followed that up by hanging 90 on the Lancashire Wolverines.

Falcons Rock Romans

In our Game of the Week, the Leicester Falcons took on the Chester Romans in what is likely a top of the division clash. The Romans raced out to a 14-0 lead and looked like they could be in control. The Falcons roared back into the game and pulled out into a big lead that they would never relinquish. The Romans attempted a late rally but were unable to catch the Falcons with the score finishing 49-34.

Last Second Touchdown Saves Surge

The Staffordshire Surge got their season underway against the new kids on the block, the Leigh Miners. They led for most of the game but late on the Miners not only tied, but they also then took the lead! It looked like the Leigh side were going to secure their first league win, but right at the death, the Surge scored a Touchdown to end the game tied 25-25.

Tamworth Trudge Past Nighthawks

The Phoenix got back to winning ways following their game one loss to the Titans. The worrying part however is the score. We have maybe come to expect too much of Tamworth, but a 22-2 win seems concerning given they only scored 10 against Manchester, and 7 of those were special teams! A win is certainly a win but if the Titans game is anything to go by, that lack of passing game is really hindering them this year.

Solent Overwhelm Olympians

Solent have already established themselves in the Premiership with their Game 2 win over the London Blitz. However, they asserted their dominance against the Olympians. The 42-6 win moves the Solent side into 2nd place in the South and condemns the Olympians to 0-3 and already looking like they are in trouble and perhaps facing relegation at the end of the year.

Stallions Secure Shutout

Three games in and still 0 points against for the Wembley Stallions. The defence look incredibly strong this year and to have not given up a single point in three games is not easy. Add to that the offence is playing complementary if not spectacularly, they look like a team that will be incredibly hard to beat.

Cambridgeshire Clap Thunder

It’s looking like it’s going to be a long season for Sussex in 2022 and the Cats gave them no reprieve as they blew past them by a score of 56-0. The Cats passing game looked prolific as they carved the Thunder defence into pieces. 0 points in two games for Sussex and 86 conceded is a truly awful mix.

Cheetahs Creep Past Bobcats

That’s two games for the Cheetahs and two wins but ill tell you something, if they want to keep winning that offence has to improve. They trailed for most of the game, but a late rally was enough to secure the win on the back of yet another stout defensive performance.

Northants Squeak Stampede

The Knights got the job done and keep winning but admittedly not by the kind of margin we have come to expect. It was a tight affair all day, but the Northants side managed to hold on to a tight 26-20 victory.

Somerset Dethrone Monarchs

The Wyverns made great strides in 2021 and moved up the pecking order in their conference. The next question would be, could they stay as one of the top two in their division and show themselves to be the biggest contenders for the Bristol Apache. They got the job done beating the Cornwall side keeping themselves in with a chance at the division.

Bonus Week 5 game – Bombers Blast Lighting

I think it’s safe to say the troubles of 2021 are now firmly in the rear-view mirror for the Bombers, a game that was moved, due to no officials, to the “Mandatory bye week” saw the two Lincolnshire sides face off and it was one-sided from start to finish. A 53-0 win for the Bombers showing they are not a team to be taken lightly.

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