MDUK Championship- Week Three Preview

Published Date
06/12/2018
Author
Ryan Sipple
Category
Powerchair Football
Football 6 Dec

This is it, the last round of the MDUK Championship before the long winter break. Returning to the Lee Westwood Centre, we have some great fixtures to leave us satisfied until the next bout of fixtures in March.

A massive thank you to Alexandra Johnson for sharing her brilliant Powerchair Football photography. Give her website a visit: https://www.alexandrajohnsonphotography.co.uk/

Even after nine games you would be brave to bet against Manchester United PFC in this year’s MDUK Championship. The side impressed in week two, securing four wins from as many games, to ensure a comfortable cushion between them and second place side AFC Bournemouth. United exhibited fantastic ability in both attack and defence, to register 19 goals over their four fixtures, conceding just one. Looking destined for a return to the top tier, United will be expected to continue their impressive title pursuit and maintain their winning streak in games this weekend against Nottingham Forest, Evergreen, Electric Eels and Telford, none of which are placed above eighth position. United’s top scorer Jordan Duke shared his thoughts ahead of weekend three in the MDUK Championship:

We’re all looking forward to this weekend’s round of fixtures, especially so soon after our last set of fixtures. In weekend two of the Championship, we arguably played some of our best football to date and we are really starting to play as team. Everyone’s inputting with the goals and assists. This weekend, we’re going to take each game as it comes, with the hope of securing maximum points to finish this year on a high, ready for the New Year.

A brilliant Saturday saw Muscle Warriors PFC register consecutive victories over Middlesbrough Reserves PFC, Telford PFC and Electric Eels. This saw them close the gap on league leaders, Manchester United, before their highly anticipated Sunday morning face-off. However, United were fiery from the get-go and Muscle Warriors failed to reply to their quick-fire double in the first half, eventually losing the tie 3-1. This loss seemed to set the tone for Sunday, as it was followed with a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Bolton Bullets. Looking forward, a busy schedule awaits Muscle Warriors this weekend. An exciting opening clash will see Muscle Warriors face AFC Bournemouth, in what promises to be a great watch. Matches against Bolton Bullets, Electric Eels, Nottingham Forest and WBA Dudley complete their fixture list.

Norwich City continue to impress in their debut season and don’t look out of place sat in the higher placements of the Championship table. The side produced a valiant first-half effort against title challengers AFC Bournemouth Warriors in their opening fixture of week two, but two goals from Ryan Skinner in the second half proved to be the undoing of Norwich. They will be disappointed they let their lead slip in a 2-2 draw with Electric Eels, but capped off Saturday well with a 2-0 triumph over Nottingham Forest. A thrilling 3-3 draw with Cheltenham on Sunday morning produced one of the games of the weekend. Keen to leave the last weekend on a high, Norwich produced a real team effort against Middlesbrough and won 3-0. This weekend, early games against Evergreen and AFC Bournemouth Warriors will be challenging. Sunday sees Norwich face a struggling Telford side before an exciting return matchup with Cheltenham SW All Stars in the afternoon. Michael Coleman shared his comments:

We are really enjoying ourselves in the national league this year and are delighted to have picked up points in all but 2 games. After working hard in training, we are hoping to improve this coming weekend and look forward to the challenge of playing Bournemouth and Cheltenham for the second time this season.

Climbing one spot in the league standings, Bolton Bullets will be delighted with their performance in week two of the MDUK Championship. The side started positively, taking a point from a tough game with last year’s play-off finalists, Cheltenham SW All Stars. In their second game vs title challengers, AFC Bournemouth Warriors, Bolton played very well and were extremely unfortunate to take nothing from the game, in a 2-1 defeat. Sunday saw the side register two, very credible, wins over Electric Eels and Muscle Warriors to put them fifth in the table. Bolton Bullets have a great opportunity this weekend to cement, or even improve their current placement in the league. A tough return fixture with Muscle Warriors is sure to be challenging, but games against WBA Dudley, Evergreen and Nottingham Forest should be considered winnable.

It is no easy feat playing five games across two days, making AFC Bournemouth Warriors weekend all that more impressive. Five wins from as many games saw the side, that finished tenth in the table last season, climb the table to second. Ryan Skinner proved clinical in attack, registering goals in every fixture. Despite some tough match-ups in week three, on current form the South-coast side are certainly in contention for promotion. The Warriors are credible title contenders so will approach games against Muscle Warriors, Norwich City, Middlesbrough Reserves and Cheltenham SW All Stars with confidence.

A difficult start to the second weekend of the Championship saw WBA Dudley comprehensively beaten by league leaders Manchester United 3-0. This was followed by three consecutive draws with Telford, Electric Eels and Cheltenham, results that will equally please, and frustrate WBA, who will feel they could have got more from the games. An impressive Lewis Harris performance helped secure a convincing 3-0 win in their final fixture with Nottingham Forest. Another five-game weekend awaits WBA Dudley in the MDUK Championship, with games against Muscle Warriors and Electric Eels on Saturday and Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough and Bolton Bullets on Sunday.

Currently sitting in the middle of the pack, Cheltenham SW All Stars will be frustrated with a number of dropped points in three closely fought draws in week two. The side shared the spoils with WBA Dudley, Norwich and Bolton Bullets. The side didn’t dwell on a difficult 5-0 defeat to leaders Manchester United and impressed in a 3-0 victory over league strugglers Telford shortly after. In fixtures this weekend, Cheltenham have a great chance of registering points on the board when they play the bottom two sides, Middlesbrough and Telford, on Saturday. Sunday, however, will be slightly more challenging, with games against Norwich City and AFC Bournemouth Warriors. Amy-Lee Julian shared her excitement for this weekend:

This is my third season with Cheltenham. Within my first two seasons we ended in playoffs, so this year we are trying our best to improve and fight for automatic promotion. This weekend’s Championship will be my second time using my new Strike Force chair, I am really looking forward to it.

It was a tough second weekend for Middlesbrough Reserves PFC, who were unable to register any points in the pursuit of Championship safety. An opening 4-0 defeat to Muscle Warriors unfortunately set the tone for the weekend and followed by defeats to Evergreen, Telford and Norwich City. This weekend, Middlesbrough will be desperate to climb from the leagues bottom spot. Fixtures against AFC Bournemouth and Cheltenham may be tough asks of Boro, but points will be up for grabs in games against Telford and WBA Dudley.

After losing their first four fixtures of the 18/19 season, Telford PFC will be happy to get off the mark with a four-point accumulation in week two. A hard-earned point from their 0-0 draw with WBA Dudley lifted spirits around the Telford camp and in their following fixture, the side recorded a crucial 4-0 victory over Middlesbrough. This means that Telford leap-frog Middlesbrough in the league standings. The side were unfortunate to lose their game with Evergreen, but were fairly outclassed in games against Cheltenham and Muscle Warriors.  A difficult weekend in prospect approaches for Telford, who play against Nottingham Forest, League leaders Manchester United PFC and Cheltenham SW All Stars on Saturday and Norwich City and Middlesbrough Reserves on Sunday.

After setting such high standards in the first weekend of competition, Nottingham Forest PFC will be disappointed with their results from the second. The weekend peaked early on when a brace from Gary Meakin helped the side register a close 2-1 win over closely matched rivals Evergreen. Following this, Forest failed to register a single goal in comprehensive defeats to Norwich, Bournemouth, Manchester United and WBA Dudley. Looking ahead, a tough weekend sees Forest face Bolton Bullets, Manchester Unites, WBA Dudley, Muscle Warriors and Telford. Gary Meakin shared his thoughts on the upcoming weekend:

The team has been working hard in training since the last fixtures. We have got some difficult games this weekend coming up hopefully we might pick up a few more results and try and keep the goals we conceded to a minimum myself and the team are really looking forward to playing next weekend.

Electric Eels who dropped points in several closely contested encounters. The side will feel they could have obtained more from three tight defeats and two draws. An incredibly tough Saturday looms for the Eels who face Muscle Warriors and Manchester United. The side will want to take maximum points from Sunday’s fixtures, with games against Evergreen and WBA Dudley to contend with.

The second weekend of the Championship was an improvement for Watford-based side Evergreen, who secured a further six points in their pursuit for Championship safety. Despite a bitterly disappointing 2-1 defeat to closely-matched rivals Nottingham Forest in their opening game, the side brushed themselves off to produce two, very professional, 1-0 wins against Telford and Middlesbrough. This lifted them out of the bottom three. This weekend, unfortunate scheduling sees Evergreen pit their wits against Manchester United in their opening fixture followed by tough fixtures with Electric Eels, Bolton Bullets and Norwich City.

If you are yet to watch the fantastic video created by BT and the Premier League on Mike Coleman and Powerchair Football, I highly recommend it.

https://www.premierleague.com/news/916499

To view the fixtures, results and player profiles of the MDUK Championship visit FA Full Time.

To get involved in Powerchair football, visit The Wheelchair Football Association website to find your local club.

If you need support with equipment or wheelchairs for Powerchair football, visit the Joseph Patrick Trust page for more information.

If you are interested in sharing comments for either the previews or round-ups of the MDUK national leagues, don’t hesitate to get in contact- r.sipple@musculardystrophyuk.org

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