ACE League: Round 5 Preview – Top 4 places up for grabs

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The business end of this initial phase of the 2021 ACE League really gets underway this week with Round 5 of 7 taking place.

With the top four in each conference after 7 rounds qualifying for the combined Phase 2 Leagues (where teams from the north and south are mixed into two mini-conferences), from which the top side in each reaches the final.

So the scramble for a top 4 finish in this initial phase is key for those with ACE League Title aspirations and, by the end of Wednesday’s play, the identities of those sides gets ever clearer.

Northern Conference

Gosforth Academy and Bishop Burton College sit at the top of the Northern Conference and they meet in a blockbuster clash on Wednesday. Whichever side is victorious will create a bit of separation from the chasing pack – indeed, if results go their way, they could seal a top for place. Gosforth are unbeaten and had a week off last week, things could scarcely have gone better for them as the previously unbeaten Bishop Burton College lost their first game, a surprise at home to Oaklands College. They will be desperate to bounce back immediately.

Oaklands College, fresh from that victory over Bishop Burton, are at home this week as they host City of Oxford College. It is a key game for both, Oaklands are in fifth with City of Oxford in fourth, with five points separating them. Victory for Oaklands keeps the conference right in the balance, victory for City of Oxford meanwhile starts to create real separation and they will have one foot in the top four.

It’s a similar story in the Stourport High v Brooksby Melton College game, Stourport are in sixth and Brooksby Melton in third, but they are actually on the same points totals as Oaklands and City of Oxford respectively, meaning that this game for these two means exactly the same as the game between the other two. Myerscough College, meanwhile, are at the foot of the conference and have a bye week this week.

Southern Conference

Hartpury College travel to Exeter College on Wednesday and a bonus point victory will all but guarantee the Gloucester side a place in the top four, they are also the only unbeaten side in the conference. Exeter College need something, after a really strong 2/2 start, they have lost their next two and will be keen to arrest the momentum. Whatever happens they will remain in the top 4 at the end of the round, but they will be keen to ensure that it is by a comfortable margin.

At the other end of the table, Beechen Cliff host Gordon’s, with the Bath side looking for their first victory of the campaign. Beechen Cliff have been in the game all campaign, collecting bonus points in every game, but have not quite been able to get the victory – they will be targeting this home game against the league’s newest side as a good opportunity. Gordon’s are riding high though, last week they claimed their first ever ACE victory by defeating Exeter College and will be full of confidence heading into this one, indeed a victory here would leave them on the cusp of the top 4.

Similarly SGS Filton College, for whom victory over Truro College would take them just a point from the top 4, with Bishop Wand having their bye week this week. Truro College are in sparkling form though, having lost their opener to Hartpury College fairly heavily, they have bounced back brilliantly, winning three in a row and putting themselves in a position where victory on Wednesday would leave them right on the cusp of top 4 qualification.

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ACE League Round 5 Fixtures (6th Oct):

North

Gosforth Academy v Bishop Burton College

Oaklands College v City of Oxford College

Stourport High v Brooksby Melton College

Myerscough College v Bye

South

Beechen Cliff v Gordon’s

Exeter College v Hartpury College

SGS Filton College v Truro College

Bishop Wand v Bye

ACE League Standings:

North:

PosTeamPWDLBPsPoints
1Gosforth Academy3300315
2Bishop Burton4301214
3Brooksby Melton3201412
4City of Oxford3201412
5Oaklands College310237
6Stourport High410337
7Myerscough400411
PosTeamPWDLBPsPoints
1Hartpury College3300315
2Truro College4301214
3Bishop Wand4202311
4Exeter College4202311
5SGS Filton College310215
6Gordon’s310215
7Beechen Cliff300333

Round 4 Results:

North

Bishop Burton College 10-26 Oaklands College

Brooksby Melton College 59-0 Myerscough College

City of Oxford College 36-26 Stourport High

Gosforth Academy v Bye

South

Gordon’s 20-10 Exeter College

Hartpury College 31-15 Bishop Wand

Truro College 46-28 Beechen Cliff

SGS Filton College v Bye

Round 3 Results:

North

Myerscough College 7-38 City of Oxford College

Oaklands College 17-31 Gosforth Academy

Stourport High 10-17 Bishop Burton College

Brooksby Melton College v Bye

South

Beechen Cliff 28-29 SGS Filton College

Exeter College 31-35 Truro College

Bishop Wand 33-5 Gordon’s

Hartpury College v Bye

Round 2 Results:

North

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

South

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:

North

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

South

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 6 (13th Oct)

North

Brooksby Melton College v Oaklands College

City of Oxford College v Gosforth Academy

Myerscough College v Stourport High

Bishop Burton College v Bye

South

Gordon’s v SGS Filton College

Hartpury College v Beechen Cliff

Bishop Wand v Exeter College

Truro College v Bye

Round 7 (20th Oct)

North

Bishop Burton College v City of Oxford College

Gosforth Academy v Brooksby Melton College

Oaklands College v Myerscough College

Stourport High v Bye

South

Beechen Cliff v Bishop Wand

SGS Filton College v Hartpury College

Truro College v Gordon’s

Exeter College v Bye

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