The second stage of the AASE League continues on Wednesday, with all four mini leagues having fixtures.
The Northern and Southern divisions split over half term, top and bottom, giving four leagues, North 1, North 2, South 1, and South 2. The winners of North 1 will play the winners of South 1 in the AASE final, with 2nd playing second and so on.
There are just three teams in the North 1 section, so Worcester 6th form College sit this first week of the division out. That leaves the only fixture are Oaklands College’s trip to Gosforth Academy. Oaklands were the dominant force in the North before the split and beat Gosforth 38-17 when the sides last met. However that was at Oakalnds, while this will be a home game for Gosforth, who will fancy their chances.
The South 1 division is already a week old, with Hartpury College and Exeter College having already picked up a victory each. That makes their game on Wednesday absolutely crucial as the winner will be in an incredibly strong position to secure a spot in the AASE final the following week. Hartpury will naturally be confident, they are at home and have won every edition of the AASE league, but Exeter have proven to be a tough side to beat.
Beechen Cliff and Henley College meet in the other game in South 1. Having both lost last week, each side will know that it is crucial to pick up a win here otherwise any hopes of making the final will be mathematically over, barring a draw in the Hartpury v Exeter game.
There was just one game in the North 2 Division last week as Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College beat Moulton College. Wyggeston this week are at home against Myerscough College, whom they narrowly finished above in the previous group stage, despite Myerscough winning the fixture between the two, setting up for a great fixture on Wednesday.
Following their defeat last week Moulton will be desperately in search of victory, so too their opponents though, Bishop Burton College. Bishop Burton are yet to win a game in this their first AASE season.
In South 2 SGS Filton College are looking to make it two from two after defeating St Paul’s last week, they face a Truro College side who are also in flying form after a strong victory over Ivybridge Community College last week.
That leaves St Paul’s and Ivybridge to play, both in search of a first win in this second stage of the AASE league and hunting to finish as high up the rankings as possible.
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AASE Fixtures (predictions in bold):
North Division 1
Gosforth Academy v Oaklands College
Worcester 6th form College – Bye
South Division 1
Beechen Cliff v Henley College
Hartpury College v Exeter College
North Division 2
Moulton College v Bishop Burton College
Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College v Myerscough College
South Division 2
SGS Fillton College v Truro College
St Paul’s Catholic College v Ivybridge Community College