The BUAFL moves into Week 4 action with the threat of a whiteout of games as the Artic weather blasts the country.
A second rest week in a row for the UWE Bullets means that the Bristol Barracuda have the opportunity to stamp their mark on the South Western Atlantic Conference but will face a tough challenge in the shape of a road trip to Swansea, home of the impressive Titans outfit.
The Titans will still be on a high after securing a dramatic victory over local rivals the Cardiff Cobras in Week 3 and will look to use a strong aerial attack and bruising ground game in order to penetrate the iron clad ‘Cuda defense who have not been unduly troubled so far this season
Not only will Swansea face an in-form Bristol team, they face one which has not lost on the road in the regular season since 08-09, form which has seen the ‘Cuda in post season action last season and hot favourites for back to back qualification this year.
In anticipation of the game Barracuda Club Captain Sam Bellman said: 'Swansea have had a great start to their second season and were already a good team last year. We take nothing for granted, we have to go to their house ready to play solid football in order to compete with a good, physical football team that is already vying for the conference title'
Bellman’s hopes for success will not just rely on the solid defense the team possesses but also the explosive talent of talisman Jonny Khan. Six touchdowns in two games have seen Running Back Khan in scintillating form and Swansea will be keeping a close eye on the ‘Cuda’s leading scorer.
Elsewhere in the conference the Killer Bees and the Plymouth Blitz will be hoping that the thermal springs under the ancient city of Bath will be hot enough to prevent the settling of snow. Both teams have not been in action since Week 1 and will be keen to shake off the rust, get back on the path to the post season and crucially, fine tune in advance of their respective derby fixtures in December.
The adversaries on that day for the Killer Bees will be league new boys, the Bulldogs, who too will be hoping for good weather as they play host to the 1-1 Surrey Stingers. Last time out the Stingers were blown out of the water by a rampant Portsmouth side and will be keen to force the pace in a fixture they will see as a good opportunity to get back to winning ways. Whilst a rookie season is usually tough, the Bulldogs have shown flashes of potential already this season and will hope to put their extra training during their week off in Week 3 to good effect.
The Border Conference sees last years two Scottish representatives in the Championship playoffs go head to head at Garscube as the Predators take on the Tigers. Whilst their Edinburgh neighbours are away, city rivals the Napier Knights are at home to the 2010 Challenge Trophy runners up Stirling. Elsewhere, the Pyros will face the Spartans, both rested after Week 2 reverses.
The Northern Conference and the MAC will be shaken to their foundations as the Lincoln Colonials travel up to the UCH Sharks for the annual ‘Rumble on the Humber’ fixture. The Sharks will be looking for a morale boosting rivalry win following their loss to the unbeaten Hallam Warriors last week whilst the Colonials will be looking to star players like Running Back Parvaaz Ahmed, Quarterback Simon Wilkinson and the irrepressible Tom Bray
Elsewhere in the North both the Warriors and Bombers are at home, each hoping to maintain their blistering starts to the season, the Hawks travel to the Celtics and the Centurions will be looking to steal a march on the Tyrants.
A rather bare fixture schedule in the MAC sees the Jets host the Gladiators for the first time and the Wolves travelling to the Renegades to play out the game called off earlier in the season. Warwick will be joined in Robin Hood’s city by the Lions who will be aiming to send the Outlaws back into hiding in Sherwood Forest whilst keeping their Championship silverware and 25 game winning streak safe.
In the Thames Valley Conference the resurgent Stags will be looking to move to 3-0 with a win over the Bears who have blown hot and cold so far this season. Its the battle of the acronyms at High Wycombe where BNU Buccaneers will take on the LSBU Spartans. After a series of close games the Spartans will be looking to go one step further and record a victory over the Bucs who themselves are looking to strengthen their grip on a second successive qualification for the playoffs.
The South Eastern Conference will see more than its fair share of games this week. The Brighton Tsunami will be looking to exact revenge on the Greenwich Mariners who knocked them out of the playoffs on their way to Challenge Trophy success last season. The UEA Pirates travel to Hatfield to take on the undefeated Hurricanes as Coach Messenger seeks to strengthen his grip on the Conference top spot. Elsewhere the Kent Falcons will take on The Regents whilst the Chargers travel to the Knights.
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