Hartpury College have the chance to go to the top of the table in the Northern Division of the AASE league this week.
The chance comes as Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College are on their bye week. They are five points clear of Hartpury but a bonus point win for the Gloucester men would see them go top on points difference.
This week will be one of the hardest so far for Hartpury to claim the bonus against though as they face Newcastle Falcons’ Gosforth Academy. Gosforth sit third in the league and have been in superb form all season, only losing out by two points to Wyggeston last week.
Below Gosforth in fourth are Myerscough College. They host bottom of the table Oaklands College and will fancy themselves for a win, which could see them move up to third. Oaklands will be desperate for a victory though and a chance to move off the foot of the table.
The final game in the North sees Moulton College, who are level on points at the bottom with Oaklands, travel to Worcester 6th form College, who lie in 5th place. A bonus point win for Moulton could see them leapfrog Worcester.
In the Southern Division it’s a top of the table clash between St Paul’s Catholic College and Bicton College is the big game of the day.
Bicton could go top with a good bonus point win, but St Paul’s are looking formidable once again and will not be in the mood to let anything slip, especially at home. A win for St Paul’s would see them open up a sizeable gap at the top.
Truro College sit just a point behind Bicton, a Filton a further two behind them in fourth. Those two sides also meet and will be hoping to be able to keep things tight at the top of the table. Both have even records this season, Filton have won two and lost two, Truro have the same record, plus a draw last week with Ivybridge.
It will be a defining game for their respective seasons, it seems, with the winner staying in touch with the top.
One side who could benefit from two of the top four being defeated is Ivybridge. The face second bottom Henley College, and a bonus point win for fifth place Ivybridge could potentially see them jump to second, if results go their way. Henley will likely be tough though, their performance against St Paul’s last week suggested a real return to form is imminent.
It is certainly a week that could see big changes in the Southern Division.
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AASE Round 6 Fixtures (Predictions in bold):
Hartpury College v Gosforth Academy
Myerscough College v Oaklands College
Worcester 6th form College v Moulton College
Ivybridge Community College v Henley College
SGS Filton College v Truro College
St Paul’s Catholic College v Bicton College