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ACE League: Stage 2 Round 3 Preview | Finalists to be Decided

The ACE League enters its final round of league action for 2022 as teams jostle in this final round of the places in the play-offs and, crucially, the final.

 

Each team will play the corresponding side from the other pool in their division in a play off game to define their final standing, meaning that the top side from each of the Division 1 Pools will meet in the ACE League Final.

 

Hartpury College won the league last year, beating City of Oxford College in the Final, but only one will be there this year as both go head to head in the crucial game in Division 1 Pool B.

 

Over in Pool A, it is wide open, with Beechen Cliff, Bishop Wand, and Brooksby Melton College all in a position from which a place in the final is possible.

 

In Division 2, Oaklands College and Gordon’s have played their final games already.

 

Round 3 Fixtures & Division Standings

 

Division 1

 

Pool A

Brooksby Melton College v Beechen Cliff

Stourport High v Bishop Wand

 

PosTeamPWDLBPsPoints
1Beechen Cliff220019
2Bishop Wand210115
3Brooksby Melton College210115
4Stourport High200200

 

The key game in Pool A is Beechen Cliff’s trip to Brooksby Melton College, a win of any sort would guarantee a return to the final after a couple of year’s absence for Beechen Cliff as they are already four points clear at the top. Indeed two league points would seal the spot of them. A bonus point victory for Brooksby Melton College though and suddenly this group is wide open and all eyes in Leicester will be focused in on Worcester, where Stourport High School will host Bishop Wand. A place in the final is out for Stourport, though a spot in the third place play off is still possible, but a bonus point victory for Bishop Wand could put them in position to top the group and reach a first ever final in the London Irish ACE’s Bishop Wand guise.

 

Pool B

Exeter College v Gosforth Academy

Hartpury College v City of Oxford College

 

PosTeamPWDLBPsPoints
1Hartpury College2200210
2City of Oxford College210126
3Exeter College210104
4Gosforth Academy200222

 

Hartpury College host City of Oxford College in a repeat of last year’s final and it’s a key one. The winner will go through to the final. The task for City of Oxford is mighty, Hartpury have taken maximum league points in every single game this season and are showing no signs of letting up, and yet there is a chink of light of City of Oxford, in that it’s just one game and one win. For Hartpury though, confidence will be high. The other game sees Exeter College and Gosforth Academy go head to head, neither can finish top, but if Hartpury beat City of Oxford then either could finish second and compete for third place.

 

Division 2

 

North Pool

Myerscough College v Bishop Burton College

 

PosTeamPWDLBPsPoints
1Bishop Burton College110015
2Myerscough College110015
3Oaklands College200211

 

Oaklands College have played their final game, so Myerscough College v Bishop Burton College is a direct shoot-out for top spot and a place in the 9th place play off. Both are locked on points, so it really is winner takes all.

 

South Pool

Truro College v SGS Filton College

 

PosTeamPWDLBPsPoints
1Gordon’s210115
2Truro College110004
3SGS Filton College100100

 

Gordon’s have played all of their games and sit top by a point from Truro College, who will finish top if they can get more than one league point at home to SGS Filton College, for whom a bonus point victory could also take them top. Indeed there is a scenario where all teams finish on 5 points, if Filton get a bonus point victory and Truro a losing bonus, leaving this one down to points difference.

 

Round 2 Results

 

Division 1

 

Pool A

Beechen Cliff 27-17 Stourport High

Bishop Wand 31-8 Brooksby Melton College

 

Pool B

City of Oxford College 14-20 Exeter College

Gosforth Academy 0-26 Hartpury College

 

Division 2

 

North Pool

Oaklands College 20-38 Myerscough College

 

South Pool

Gordon’s 5-17 Truro College

 

Round 1 Results

 

Division 1

 

Pool A

Beechen Cliff 24-14 Bishop Wand

Brooksby Melton College 41-19 Stourport High

 

Pool B

City of Oxford College 27-26 Gosforth Academy

Hartpury College 46-17 Exeter College

 

Division 2

 

North Pool

Bishop Burton College 29-6 Oaklands College

 

South Pool

SGS Filton College 14-40 Gordon’s

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