The Sabres first season in BCAFL was a short one. Only three games were played until a lack of funds forced the Sabres to withdraw for the remainder of the season.
The Sabres still managed to pick up a win with an exciting overtime victory against the Newcastle Mariners.
|Away Team||Home Team|
|Derby Braves||26-0||Sheffield Sabres|
|Sheffield Sabres||6-44||Hull Sharks|
|Sheffield Sabres||18-12||Newcastle Mariners|
|BCAFL Northern Conference – Eastern Division Standings|
|Derby Braves 26-0 Sheffield Sabres|
|The Sabres looked like a new team in this 26 – 0 loss to the derby Braves. The Sabres passing attack had several completions but were unable to punch the ball intro the endzone.|
|Sheffield Sabres 6-44 Hull Sharks|
|The Sabres travelled to Hull for their first every away game. Simon Gibson had the honour of the Sabres first ever points when he returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown. Although this did little to offset the 44 points against.|
|Sheffield Sabres 18-12 Newcastle Mariners|
|The Sabres took with first ever win with an overtime Touchdown from Club Founder Damian Marshall. The Victory Celebrations included a lap of honour of Gateshead International Stadium.Sunday’s trip to Newcastle saw one of the BCAFL’s original teams from the 1985/86 season come up against the league’s newest team, the Sheffield Sabres. The difference in club age didn’t come into it as two young and enthusiastic squads both went out looking for their first win. Sheffield began confidently moving the ball on their first possession, only for a fumble to stop them near midfield, where Newcastle took over, giving the ball to Jon Stoddard to open the scoring with a 40 yard run. The extra point kick failed. Undeterred, Sheffield continued to play hard, and some strong defence forced the Mariners to punt, only for Simon Gibson to return it 60 yards for the tying score. The Sabres’ two point conversion pass was stopped by Newcastle. Sheffield came back to score again on their next drive with an 18 yard touchdown pass from QB Damian Marshall to Gibson, for his second TD of the game, giving the Sabres a 12-6 halftime lead.
The Newcastle University team came out fired up after halftime and managed to tie the game with Stoddard’s second touchdown, this time a two yarder. Defence continued to rule for the rest of the game, with Sheffield stopped several times inside the Mariner 10 yard line. The game looked over with one minute to go when a Newcastle receiver was tackled on the Sheffield 1 yard line by rookie Nicolas Carignano after a huge pass completion. From here the Mariners were stopped twice by a spirited Sheffield goal line stand and the clock ran out, sending the game into overtime.
The extra period went much the same way as the fourth quarter with Sheffield moving the ball but unable to punch it in for the score. A big play came with two minutes to go as Will Davis outleaped a defender to haul in a 30 yard pass which brought the Sabres into the Newcastle redzone. From here Ben King ran behind his blockers well to set up the Sabres inside the 5 on fourth down. King’s sweep to the endzone was stopped, but a facemask penalty gave the Sabres a second chance. Down on the 1 yard line now Sheffield weren’t to be stopped, and it was Marshall who won the game with a QB sneak with less than a minute to go before the game was declared a tie. The score sent the Sheffield squad wild in celebration as the Sabres won their first game in their BCAFL inaugural season.