The fourth round of the AASE League sees the competitions first phase go beyond the midway point.
It is a huge round of action, with a top of the table clash in the South, while in the North four teams are jostling for position up at the top end.
Oaklands College are leading the pack at the moment, four points clear of Worcester 6th form College, though they have played a game more. They take on bottom of the table Bishop Burton College, who are new to the league this year and have had a couple of heavy beatings in their opening two games.
Worcester will hope to be able to keep the gap as it is behind Oaklands though, or even close it should Oaklands suffer a surprise result. It will be tough for Worcester though, they face Myerscough College, who are sitting fourth in the table, just a point behind Worcester in second. A solitary point would see Myerscough rise up the table regardless though as they are level on points with Gosforth in third, who have a bye week.
The final game in the North sees Moulton College host Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College. Neither side has won a game yet this season, so a win will be a welcome momentum boost for whoever claims it.
The big game in the South is of course the top of the table clash between Exeter College and Hartpury College. Hartpury are the only side to have won the AASE League, having won it all seven times, while Exeter College are new to the league this year.
Exeter have had a flying start though, winning all three of their games, and they sit top having claimed a try scoring bonus in each game. Hartpury are a point behind as they failed to get the bonus against Henley.
The loser could end up slipping to third, with Beechen Cliff also sitting on three wins from three, but with just one bonus point. Beechen Cliff will need to win away at Henley College in order to do so though, no easy task given some of Henley’s performances this year.
Ivybridge Community College are going in search of their first win of the season but must travel to SGS Filton College in order to do so, the Bristol side are currently fourth in the table.
Truro College are also without a win, they host St Paul’s Catholic College on Wednesday and will be desperate to get their campaign up and running in the hope of making a late charge to the top half ahead of the second phase of the league.
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AASE Round 4 Fixtures (predictions in bold):
Oaklands College v Bishop Burton College
Myerscough College v Worcester 6th form College
Moulton College v Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College
Truro College v St Paul’s Catholic College
SGS Filton College v Ivybridge Community College
Henley College v Beechen Cliff
Exeter College v Hartpury College
|AASE League Table – Northern Conference|
|2||Worcester 6th form College||2||2||0||0||2||10|
|6||Wyggestion & QEI College||3||0||0||3||2||2|
|7||Bishop Burton College||2||0||0||2||1||1|
|AASE League Table – Southern Conference|
|4||SGS Filton College||3||1||0||2||2||6|
|6||St Paul’s Catholic College||3||1||0||2||1||4|
|7||Ivybridge Community College||3||0||0||3||2||2|