By James Fletcher
With only six teams in action this weekend, we saw Sheffield lose their top spot to status to Jogabola and a reshuffle in the playoff pack. With 3rd & 7th only being separated by goal difference.
Jogabola go top of the league with an emphatic 13 – 1 win over the Chester Falcons who slip to bottom of the league with this result, still without a win. Speaking with the Jogabola manager, and asked him how he felt about his team’s performance:
“I feel my team had a bad day at the office. We went into the game with a plan that we worked on in training, but it just didn’t go to plan. However, we’re always learning and creating a team, but winning when things don’t go well it’s a sign that we have luck on our side and we’re going in the right direction.” said Fahid.
Poulton Victoria would’ve also been in action this weekend against second placed Sheffield. But due to unforeseen circumstances the match along with three others were postponed.
The other two games that went underway at the weekend, saw Manchester climb into the playoff spots into 3rd just 3 points behind Sheffield. Beating Warrington 12 – 2 another team at the wrong end of the table.
Finally, Sunderland Foundation of Light beat the Hull-based side Eagle Team UK 8 – 7 in what seemed the closest game of the day. Eagle Team UK will feel aggrieved and frustrated that they were unable to either extend their lead or hold onto it as they went into the half time break 4 – 2 up. This is the first time Eagle Team UK have led at the break, but ultimately throwing it away in the second.
So, what does this mean for the table after this weekend’s results. Well, it means that Sheffield for the first time this season drop from their top spot status, being replaced by Jogabola. Fahid pleased with his team’s progress and spoke out about moving top of the league:
“We sure didn’t expect to be at the top of the league. However, we’re just happy to be competitive and we know we need to keep working hard to maintain our goals closer to us.” said Fahid.
Due to Sheffield’s game being postponed, things can change at the top a week later, as Jogabola become the team to beat. The only side in the league with a 100% record. Fahid was asked who he thought was a threat to his side’s success.
“We are working game by game, so the only team we see as a threat is York as it’s our next game. Everyone loves an underdog, and it’s great to see Jogabola being mentioned around the league.” said Fahid.
Manchester moved up to 3rd after their win over Warrington who’ve struggled in recent weeks only having one win to their name. The only teams yet to win a game are Chester Falcons and Poulton Victoria.
Sunderland with their win at the weekend move up to 5th level on points, just within ear shot of the playoff pack. With only goal difference that separates the teams from 3rd to 7th. Which may well come down to it at the end of the season as the league becomes more congested at the top end of the table.