The third round of the AASE league takes place on Wednesday, and it looks like a week that will tell us a good deal of the lay of the land.
In the North Moulton College play their first game of the season at home against Gosforth Academy. Ordinarily one would expect them to be well matched, but with Gosforth having a couple of games under their belts already, including a last gasp win over Oaklands last week, they are probably the favourites.
Myerscough, who beat Gosforth on the opening day, host Hartpury College, against whom anyone would have a tough day at the office and it would be a surprise were that to be any different for Myerscough on Wednesday. With home advantage though, they will hope to spoil Hartpuryâ€™s rhythm, and will at least hope for a bonus point.
The final fixture is the North is a fascinating one, Oaklands College v Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College. Wyggeston are new to the league but have flown out of the traps with two wins from two. Oaklands on Wednesday should be a different kettle of fish though, they have been Hartpuryâ€™s strongest rivals in the Northern Division. That said, Oaklands lost to Gosforth Academy last week. Could Wyggeston do the improbable and win three from three on their arrival into the league? It seems unlikely, but it should fascinating.
In the South the game of the week is surely SGS Filton College v St Paulâ€™s Catholic College. St Paulâ€™s had a good run to the final last year and won well in their opening fixture last week, but Filton are top of the league and at home. This should be a firecracker, and will likely set the tone for much of the rest of the competition.
Henley College host for the first time this season, after a narrow opening loss to Truro and a week off last week. Bicton are the visitors, and having beaten Truro last week they will fancy their chances. It ought not to be a simple game though, this should be a well fought contest.
The final game in the South sees Truro host new boys Beechen Cliff. Beechen Cliff have lost both of their opening two games, yet last week in defeat to Filton they really impressed and were in contention for large parts of the game. They will hope for more of the same on Wednesday, but Truro will be favourites.
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AASE Round 3 Fixtures (predictions in bold):
Moulton College v Gosforth Academy
Myerscough College v Harptury College
Oaklands College v Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College
SGS Filton College v St Paulâ€™s Catholic College
Henley College v Bicton College
Truro College v Beechen Cliff