It’s Round Six of the 2021 ACE League on Wednesday, the penultimate round of this opening stage of the competition.
For Exeter College and Stourport High School, these are their final games of this opening phase as they have byes next week.
After next week’s games the league splits, the top four in each conference are combined and split into two groups – first and third in the north with second and fourth in the south and vice versa. The winners of those mini-conferences will compete in the 2021 ACE League final. Those finishing in the bottom half of these initial conferences will also play in mini-conferences after half term, however the will remain split North/South.
It’s a huge day in the Northern Conference. Last week Gosforth Academy confirmed their place in the Top 4, this week they travel to a side looking to book their own place in the Top 4, City of Oxford College. It is a big challenge for City of Oxford, but they have been in fine form, however it may not even come down to that as Brooksby Melton College host Oaklands College, who are the only side outside of the current top 4 that can break into it. Should Oaklands fair to win at Brooksby Melton College, City of Oxford College will be safely in the top 4, as indeed will Brooksby Melton College – they sit on the exact same points total as City of Oxford.
That will certainly be what Bishop Burton College are hoping for, they are the most vulnerable to Oaklands’ advances and they have a bye week. They will stay in the top 4 on Wednesday regardless, but they could remain safe by six points or be as little as a point clear, with would make next week’s game with City of Oxford College vital.
The third game in the Northern Conference this week sees Myerscough College host Stourport High. It is Stourport’s final game before the split and they will be keen to finish on a high, while for Myerscough it is another chance for them to try to achieve their first ACE league victory of the season, and to give themselves a shot of rising from the foot of the table next week.
In the Southern Conference two sides have booked their places in the top 4 already, Hartpury College and Truro College. Truro have a bye week this week after four wins on the trot and can watch the rest charge on. Meanwhile Hartpury College host Beechen Cliff, who are, along with everyone from third to seventh, in a real dogfight to get into that top 4. It will be a real challenge for the Bath side this week though, Hartpury College are flying and have won all of their games with a bonus point.
Perhaps the key game in the conference is Bishop Wand v Exeter College they are level on points in third and fourth, three clear of fifth, four of sixth, and 6 of seventh. For Exeter it is the final game of the conference and therefore even more vital that they secure a positive result, not least because with Gordon’s and SGS Filton College going head to head it is likely that the winner there is going to be at least four points closer to the loser of Bishop Wand v Exeter College.
Between all of those sides from third down, things are likely going to get very very tense. The winner of Bishop Wand v Exeter College is going t feel a bit more secure in their Top 4 status, while the loser of Gordon’s v Filton will be hanging on a bit, but it is all to play for in the South!
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ACE Round 6 Fixtures (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
ACE League Standings:
|3||City of Oxford||4||3||0||1||5||17|
|6||SGS Filton College||4||1||0||3||3||7|
Round 5 Results:
Gosforth Academy 34-14 Bishop Burton College
Oaklands College 14-20 City of Oxford College
Stourport High 22-50 Brooksby Melton College
Myerscough College v Bye
Beechen Cliff 33-12 Gordon’s
Exeter College 19-55 Hartpury College
SGS Filton College 31-33 Truro College
Bishop Wand v Bye
Round 4 Results:
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
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:
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
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:
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 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