Round 3 of the 2021 ACE League takes place this week with six sides going in search of their first victory of the campaign and three sides looking to make it three wins from three games.
Unbeaten pace-setters Hartpury College have a bye week, as to Brooksby Melton College, who have been involved in two of the most pulsating fixtures of the entire league so far. Meanwhile new entrants Bishop Wand and Gordon’s go head to head in the Southern Conference.
Myerscough College host City of Oxford College in the northern conference with both sides looking for a first win of the 2021 competition. Myerscough came close in round 1, where City of Oxford had a bye week, before last week going down at Bishop Burton College, with City of Oxford going down in a thriller against Brooksby Melton. Both have shown plenty of positive signs early on and will be eager to turn them into a result on Wednesday afternoon.
Oaklands College meanwhile return from a bye week with a tricky fixture at home to Gosforth Academy, Gosforth have been in strong form so far with victories over Myerscough and Stourport High, while Oaklands lost in a thriller at Stourport in the opening round. Nevertheless, on home soil for the first time this season, expect Oaklands to put in a serious performance on Wednesday afternoon.
The final game in the Northern Conference sees Stourport High look to bounce back from that defeat to Gosforth as they welcome the so far outstanding Bishop Burton College to Sixways. Bishop Burton College have won both of their game so far, though will be hoping for a less tense encounter than their last away game – a thrilling 33-29 victory at Brooksby Melton College.
Beechen Cliff return after their bye week to host SGS Filton College, with both sides looking for a first victory of the campaign. Each has faced Exeter College so far, and with similar results, so this could be a close and exciting game, one that has plenty of rivalry behind it too, with these being the affiliates of Bath and Bristol Bears respectively.
Exeter College meanwhile chase their third victory from three as they host Truro College on Wednesday. Truro had a tough outing against Hartpury College first up but then enjoyed a win over Bishop Wand last time out, which ought to send them to their sister College full of confidence as the two Exeter Chiefs affiliates go head to head.
The final game in the Southern Conference sees the two new boys going head to head as London Irish’s Bishop Wand host Harlequins’ Gordon’s at Hazelwood. Bishop Wand won their opener against Filton but were just edged out by a single point against Truro a week later. For Gordon’s this is only their second game, they had a bye week first up and then had the almighty challenge of welcoming Hartpury College last time out, where they gave a decent account of themselves but ultimately came up short, they will be keen to get their first ever ACE win against their fellow new entrants on Wednesday.
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ACE League Round 3 Fixtures (22nd Sept)
Myerscough College v City of Oxford College
Oaklands College v Gosforth Academy
Stourport High v Bishop Burton College
Brooksby Melton College v Bye
Beechen Cliff v SGS Filton College
Exeter College v Truro College
Bishop Wand v Gordon’s
Hartpury College v Bye
Round 2 Results:
Bishop Burton College 31-17 Myerscough College
City of Oxford College 26-29 Brooksby Melton College
Gosforth Academy 22-8 Stourport High
Oaklands College v Bye
Gordon’s 0-38 Hartpury College
SGS Filton College 15-24 Exeter College
Truro College 22-21 Bishop Wand
Beechen Cliff v Bye
Round 1 Results:
Brooksby Melton College 29-33 Bishop Burton College
Myerscough College 19-22 Gosforth Academy
Stourport High 33-29 Oaklands College
City of Oxford College v Bye
Exeter College 24-7 Beechen Cliff
Hartpury College 54-12 Truro College
Bishop Wand 26-17 SGS Filton College
Gordon’s v Bye
Further ACE League Fixtures:
Round 4 (29th Sept)
Bishop Burton College v Oaklands College
Brooksby Melton College v Myerscough College
City of Oxford College v Stourport High
Gosforth Academy v Bye
Gordon’s v Exeter College
Hartpury College v Bishop Wand
Truro College v Beechen Cliff
SGS Filton College v Bye
Round 5 (6th Oct)
Gosforth Academy v Bishop Burton College
Oaklands College v City of Oxford College
Stourport High v Brooksby Melton College
Myerscough College v Bye
Beechen Cliff v Gordon’s
Exeter College v Hartpury College
SGS Filton College v Truro College
Bishop Wand v Bye
Round 6 (13th Oct)
Brooksby Melton College v Oaklands College
City of Oxford College v Gosforth Academy
Myerscough College v Stourport High
Bishop Burton College v Bye
Gordon’s v SGS Filton College
Hartpury College v Beechen Cliff
Bishop Wand v Exeter College
Truro College v Bye
Round 7 (20th Oct)
Bishop Burton College v City of Oxford College
Gosforth Academy v Brooksby Melton College
Oaklands College v Myerscough College
Stourport High v Bye
Beechen Cliff v Bishop Wand
SGS Filton College v Hartpury College
Truro College v Gordon’s
Exeter College v Bye