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ACE League: Round 2 Preview, Round 1 Review – Hartpury enter the fray

The ACE League returned on Wednesday for a glorious first round of action and marches into Round 2 this week with some huge fixtures, including the return of the Champions, Hartpury College.

 

Round 1 saw some terrific performances, not least for City of Oxford College in the North and Beechen Cliff in the South, and both are back in action again this week.

 

Round 2 Fixtures, Wednesday 21st September:

 

North

Gosforth Academy v City of Oxford College

Oaklands College v Brooksby Melton College

Stourport High v Myerscough College

Bishop Burton College v Bye

 

South

Beechen Cliff v Truro College

Bishop Wand v Hartpury College

Exeter College v Gordon’s

SGS Filton College – Bye

 

Northern Conference

 

City of Oxford College head to Gosforth Academy after that glorious 52-0 home victory over Oaklands College in Round 1. Reaching the final last year, City of Oxford are clearly determined for that one further step, but against Gosforth they will face a side of no little ambition themselves, and a side looking to perform with style after just missing out to Bishop Burton College last week.

 

Bishop Burton have the bye this week. It was Myerscough College’s turn with the bye last week, and they make their bow for the year as they travel to take on Stourport High School. The Worcester Warriors affiliates ignored the strife around the club last week to give Brooksby Melton College an almighty test. Now on their home ground they will want to go a step further and take victory.

 

Brooksby Melton College look to back up that victory last week with a trip down the M1 to take on Oaklands College. Oaklands had a tough time of it against City of Oxford, as mentioned, but that will only serve to make them more eager to bounce back. Against the quality that is Brooksby Melton College, and the sustained quality they have had in recent years, it will be a mighty challenge.

 

Southern Conference

 

The champions, Hartpury College, enter the fray for the first time this season on Wednesday and it’s a massive start for them as they head to Bishop Wand. Bishop Wand were magnificent in their opener away at Gordon’s, and now on their home turf they will want to make a real mark. As opening tests go, this is a big one for Hartpury.

 

Gordon’s meanwhile, after that home defeat to Bishop Wand, are on the road in Round 2, heading to Exeter College, who are going to be absolutely bouncing after a close 28-21 victory at the home of their fellow Exeter Chiefs affiliates, Truro College in their opening game.

 

Truro College look to bounce back from that defeat on Wednesday when they head to Beechen Cliff, but, as mentioned, Beechen Cliff had one of the most impressive performances of the opening round when they travelled to SGS Filton College (who have this week’s bye in the South) and won by a stunning 56-26 margin. If they can build on that, they begin to look seriously formidable.

 

If you have any photos, videos, clips, stories, or reports from the weekend please do send them in.

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Round 1 Results, Wednesday 14th September:

 

North

Bishop Burton College 26-19 Gosforth Academy

Brooksby Melton College 21-19 Stourport High

City of Oxford College 52-0 Oaklands College

Myerscough College – Bye

 

South

Gordon’s 17-38 Bishop Wand

SGS Filton College 26-56 Beechen Cliff

Truro College 21-28 Exeter College

Hartpury College – Bye

 

Further Fixtures

 

Round 3 Fixtures, Wednesday 28th September:

 

North

Brooksby Melton College v Gosforth Academy

City of Oxford College v Bishop Burton College

Myerscough College v Oaklands College

Stourport High – Bye

 

South

Gordon’s v Beechen Cliff

Hartpury College v Exeter College

Truro College v SGS Filton College

Bishop Wand – Bye

 

Round 4 Fixtures, Wednesday 5th October:

 

North

Bishop Burton College v Brooksby Melton College

Gosforth Academy v Myerscough College

Oaklands College v Stourport High

City of Oxford College – Bye

 

South

Beechen Cliff v Hartpury College

Exeter College v Bishop Wand

SGS Filton College v Gordon’s

Truro – Bye

 

Round 5 Fixtures, Wednesday 12th October:

 

North

Brooksby Melton College v City of Oxford College

Myerscough College v Bishop Burton College

Stourport High v Gosforth Academy

Oaklands College – Bye

 

South

Bishop Wand v Beechen Cliff

Gordon’s v Truro College

Hartpury College v SGS Filton College

Exeter College – Bye

 

Round 6 Fixtures, Wednesday 19th October:

 

North

Bishop Burton College v Stourport High

City of Oxford College v Myerscough College

Gosforth Academy v Oaklands College

Brooksby Melton College – Bye

 

South

Beechen Cliff v Exeter College

SGS Filton College v Bishop Wand

Truro College v Hartpury College

Gordon’s – Bye

 

Round 7 Fixtures, Wednesday 2nd November:

 

North

Myerscough College v Brooksby Melton College

Oaklands College v Bishop Burton College

Stourport High v City of Oxford College

Gosforth Academy – Bye

 

South

Bishop Wand v Truro College

Exeter College v SGS Filton College

Hartpury College v Gordon’s

Beechen Cliff – Bye

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