Bicton College and Myerscough College put themselves in the best possible positions to progress to the AASE final after victories today.
It was the first round since the top/bottom split in both the North and South divisions. With the top three in the previous north division playing in a mini league and the top three in the south doing likewise. The winner of each mini division will meet in the AASE Trophy final at Allianz Park.
Today’s wins mean that both Bicton and Myerscough just require one more victory in order to reach the final. Bicton beat SGS Filton College 12-7 at home but will have to wait a week for their shot at a place in the final, the have a bye week next week before they meet the pre-split table-toppers, St Paul’s Catholic College, for whom a victory over Filton next week would turn the tie against Bicton into effectively a semi final.
Myerscough, who beat Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College 17-12 today, will have their chance next week, but they face the toughest task in the AASE league, and away trip to Hartpury College. Hartpury have reached, and won, every final since the AASE league’s inception and are the strong favourites to do so again, but Myerscough have a chance and following their win against Wyggeston, who have only lost to Hartpury this season, and a chance is all they would have asked for prior to kick off.
Following the top/bottom split, the bottom four clubs in each division also play in a mini league, again split north and south.
There were some fascinating results in both divisions. Moulton College, who had struggled in the first league picked up a brilliant 35-22 away win at Gosforth Academy, who had really challenged for a place in the top league. The other game in the north saw Worcester 6th form College secure a strong 38-13 victory at home to Oaklands College.
In the south Beechen Cliff cam oh so close to their first ever AASE victory, just missing out by a point at home to Ivybridge Community College, 25-26. It was just as exciting back along the M4 in Henley as Henley College and Truro College drew 13-13.
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North Cup Group:
Myerscough College 17-12 Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College
Hartpury College (Bye Week)
South Cup Group:
Bicton College 12-7 SGS Filton College
St Paul’s Catholic College (Bye Week)
North Group 2:
Gosforth Academy 22-35 Moulton College
Worcester 6th form College 38-13 Oaklands College
South Group 2:
Beechen Cliff 25-26 Ivybridge Community College
Henley College 13-13 Truro College