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Week 10 Preview – WEABL

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WEABL fans have one more week of action to enjoy in 2019 before the mid-season break is upon us. Three games make up week 10, with a pair of matches in the Northern Conference and a single contest in the South.

Derby Trailblazers Academy (1-6) v Myerscough College (0-5)

The bottom two sides in the Northern standings face off tomorrow as 6th place Myerscough take a trip to 5th place Derby.

Despite their record, the Trailblazers have come up just short in a number of contests this season. Single digit losses to Manchester, Nottingham and Sheffield, plus a four point OT loss at home to leaders Charnwood shows that this Derby side isn’t far away from being a competitive unit at the WEABL level.

The same can’t be said for Myerscough right now unfortunately, as the North West side have suffered some heavy defeats in 2019. With an 83-42 loss last time out in Nottingham to go with two 20-0 forfeits, it’s been a difficult first half of the season for Coach Bernard’s side.

Derby’s only win on the season so far came when these two sides met early in the year, so it’s likely a home win could well be on the cards tomorrow.

The Sheffield College (3-1) v Charnwood College (6-0)

The other game in the North is at the other end of the standings as leaders Charnwood face off against joint-2nd place Sheffield.

Despite being in the midst of their debut season, Sheffield have lost just once this season heading into 2020. That may change after tomorrow, but a chance to measure themselves against an undefeated Riders team will provide a good opportunity to see how Sheffield really stacks up at the half way stage of their schedule.

After surviving an OT scare in Derby last time out, Charnwood remain undefeated on the season and on course for the #1 seed in the North. They’d still like to keep their perfect start to the season alive going into 2020 though, the Riders open their schedule with a visit from Manchester in January.

John Madejski Academy (5-0) v City of London Academy (3-2)

The one remaining unbeaten side in the Southern Conference finishes 2019 with a home draw as John Madejski Academy welcome City of London Academy.

After securing two huge wins in their last two outings to beat both Barking and Copleston, JMA head into a stretch of their schedule when they face both of the Conference’s bottom sides to begin 2020.

First though the Rockets need to navigate a tricky CoLA side that still possesses plenty of talent across their roster. Locked in a battle with Barking for 3rd and 4th place, CoLA would love a win to keep the pressure on their London rivals.