Muscular Dystrophy UK Premiership Preview Week Three

Published Date
22/11/2018
Author
Ryan Sipple
Category
Powerchair Football
Football 22 Nov

The wait for Premiership action is nearly over!

This weekend, under the bright lights of the Lee Westwood Centre in Nottingham, we have some exciting encounters to leave us all satisfied until the next round of Premiership fixtures in March 2019. Whether your team is fighting for survival or battling for that coveted place at the 2020 European Champions Cup, we’re seeing all players add that extra 10% to their games and it’s making for fantastic viewing.

South-coast side, Brighton & Hove Albion PFC, impressed in last month’s fixtures and will have strong ambitions of climbing the table this coming weekend. Despite the Seagulls exhibiting some impressive defensive work in week two, keeping four clean sheets in five games, the side have struggled in front of goal and will be keen to adopt the same attacking prowess that saw them dominate the goal charts and secure a third place finish in last year’s campaign. They play Nottingham and Sevenoaks on Saturday and Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

Building off their 2-0 triumph over Cheltenham SW All Stars in the WFA Cup, Sevenoaks PFC will be high on confidence approaching a difficult round of fixtures in MDUK Premiership. A challenging start sees the side face unbeaten Aspire, in a game that is sure to test the Oak’s backline thoroughly. Game two sees Sevenoaks face South-East rivals, Brighton, in a game that produced a closely fought 0-0 last time round. Sunday’s difficult fixtures against champions West Bromwich Albion and Villa Rockets will be hard. Myles Miller shared his thoughts:

As a team we are all really looking forward to the next set of fixtures this weekend. We have been working hard and hope to put what we’ve been training into practice. We are enjoying our experience in the Premiership and learning from each and every game.

Middlesbrough PFC will be bringing some momentum into this week’s nationals after an impressive 3-0 win over North-East rivals Electric Eels in the WFA Cup. Despite struggling in the last two rounds of fixtures, Middlesbrough will believe that they are better than the table suggests and have the ability to beat the dreaded drop. A tough weekend ahead with games against both West Bromwich Albion and West Brom Throstles on Saturday and Brighton and Villa Rockets Sunday.

An incredibly tough weekend ahead for Sale Utd PFC, who will be looking to rekindle the same level of performance that saw them excel in the first weekend of competition in respective fixtures this weekend. Saturday sees Sale Utd face both Villa Rockets and Northern Thunder in tough clashes. Games against Aspire and St George’s Knights on Sunday compete their difficult fixture list. Jake Hudson shared his views on Sale’s difficult weekend ahead:

From a Sale United PFC perspective it’s probably one of our hardest weekends to date. After a difficult second weekend we are determined to prove we deserve our Premiership status. A challenging run of fixtures see us play three of the country’s top teams in Villa, Aspire and Thunder. The St George’s game will be a massive rematch due our unfortunate 1-0 loss last time out.

Following a dominant 11-0 cup win over Leeds Dynamo, Northern Thunder come into week three of the MDUK Premiership in red-hot form. The Newcastle-based side have not only won their last six consecutive fixtures, they are unbeaten in 17. Fixtures against Nottingham, Sale Utd and WBA Throstles all leading up to that electrifying encounter with Aspire on Sunday afternoon.

St George’s Knights, who played fantastically in week two of competition, have a great chance to further cement their position towards the top of the league table in respective fixtures this weekend. St George’s fixture list manages to avoid the top three sides in West Bromwich Albion, Aspire and Northern Thunder, giving them a massive opportunity to improve on their current placement. They play Villa Rockets in their first game of the weekend, followed by fixtures against Nottingham and WBA Throstles. Sunday’s games present easier asks ‘on paper’, but matchups against Sale Utd and Leeds Chariots are still sure to test them.

Villa Rockets, who sit fourth in the Premiership standings, were dealt a difficult hand in week two of competition, suffering back to back defeats to Aspire and West Bromwich Albion. Villa kick this weekend’s action off against a St George’s Knights side that share an identical record in the league, with four wins, two losses and three defeats from nine game played. Games against Sale Utd PFC and West Bromwich Albion make up a difficult Saturday. On Sunday, Villa will want to secure wins in games against Sevenoaks and Middlesbrough. Max Bode commented:

We had a difficult time at the last nationals, not getting the points we wanted was disappointing and we feel we could have played better. We have been working hard in training and want to recapture the form we showed last season and are all confident of achieving this for our upcoming league fixtures. Our captain Amir Ali has just got back from the England training camp which is sure to bring new knowledge and confidence to the team.

Aspire PFC have impressed this campaign and continue to mount an impressive challenge for the Premiership crown. Goalkeeper Bobby Williams has been very assured between the sticks so far with only two goals surpassing his goal line and despite the notable absence of England international Charlie Kitcher, it would take a brave person to bet against the unbeaten Watford-based side this weekend. Games against Sevenoaks, Leeds and Sale Utd should prepare Aspire nicely for that mouth-watering clash with fellow title chasers Northern Thunder on Sunday afternoon. Where’s your money?

West Bromwich Albion will be eager to further solidify their placement at the summit this coming weekend. Currently flying in the league, the whole side are sure to benefit from the experience Chris, Matt, Marcus and Brad will bring back from the recent England training camp held last weekend. Expect an attacking masterclass in their opening top vs bottom clash with Middlesbrough on Saturday morning. Villa Rockets present their most challenging opponents across the weekend, with Sevenoaks and Brighton making up the rest of their fixture list.

Expect a real push up the league from West Bromwich Albion Throstles this weekend. They will be looking to leapfrog both St George’s Knights and Villa Rockets in the league standings over their five game weekend. With the opening two games falling against the bottom two sides, Middlesbrough and Leeds Chariots, the Throstles will have a great opportunity to pick up some momentum/confidence going into Sunday’s tough games with dark-horses St George’s Knights and unbeaten Northern Thunder.

Leeds Chariots PFC will be sure to adopt the same can-do attitude that has seen them light up the Lee Westwood Centre so far in their debut Premiership season this weekend. Irrelevant of their opposition, they have faith and belief in every game and Saturday’s difficult fixtures against WBA Throstles and Aspire will be seen as no different. Sunday’s sees the Yorkshire-based side face Nottingham and St George’s Knights. Kizzy Wade shared her optimism for Leeds Chariots:

We are excited for the coming weekend and hope to bring our a-game to all our matches. We are especially positive going into this weekend after gaining our first win in the national league since gaining promotion. Hopefully we can take that achievement and use it to our advantage this weekend. Here’s hoping for an exciting weekend of Leeds football.

Nottingham PFC, who secured some beneficial shooting practice in an impressive 11-0 cup win over local rivals Notts Outlaws, have a great opportunity to put a considerable cushion between themselves and the dreaded relegation spots in a number of extremely tight 50/50 fixtures this weekend. A tough fixture against a flying Norther Thunder side will be a difficult ask of the home side, but games against Brighton, St George’s Knights, Leeds Chariots and WBA Throstles should all be seen as winnable for Nottingham.

Fixtures to watch

Northern Thunder vs Aspire PFC- Clash of the Titans

As it stands, both teams remain unbeaten in this year’s Premiership. Someone’s 0 has got to go in a game you will not want to miss! Sunday at 14:15.

Brighton & Hove Albion PFC vs West Bromwich Albion- Defence vs Attack

Can the free scoring attack of West Bromwich Albion break down the defensively stubborn Seagulls? Watch it Sunday at 13:00.

Villa Rockets vs St George’s Knights- Repeat or Revenge?

Both teams share identical records in the league standings. Villa Rockets turned around a 2-1 score-line to win 2-3 the first time the teams met, will this be repeat or revenge? This game opens the weekend’s action at 09:15 on Saturday.

Get in touch

If you are interested in sharing comments for either previews or round-ups of the MDUK national leagues, get in touch- r.sipple@musculardystrophyuk.org

To view the fixtures, results and player profiles of the MDUK Premiership 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.

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