Week 2 was a trying one for the Sabres. Coming off the back of a brilliant week 1, where they turned around a game that looked like it was done in the first 10 minutes, the Sabres looked strong going into the road trip game against the LJMU Fury.
The defense were hoping to keep their form with another great performance, while looking to learn from their mistakes early on in the UCLan game. Unfortunately, the LJMU offense scored an early touchdown due to great field position and a few missed tackles.
Throughout the game, the Sabres offense was consistently producing between the 20 yard markers, but struggled to get much going in the red zone. LJMU added another touchdown courtesy of their running back, who had a stellar game throughout. Running back Ruben Pare (our week 1 #BOTW), managed to catch a tipped pass and run it into the end zone with some very smart play, only for the TD to be called back due to a block in the back.
After going two scores down, it was a fight until the end. The defense stopped LJMU every time, in spite of some questionable calls on both sides of the ball and the offense continued to drive. Only one touchdown came the Sabres way, in the form of a great clutch play by WR Mark Price in the second half.
Final score: LJMU Fury 13 – 7 Sheffield Sabres.
The Sabres now look to the game that they have been training for, not just during the season, but since their last bitter loss at Varsity 2017, the Hallam Warriors at home. This fierce rivalry, the first of 2 this year, dates back numerous years and there has never been any love lost between the two sides.
Hallam have been the dominant figures in this fixture for the past few years. They will be confident going into this one given their run of form, starting this season off 3-0 with solid performances on offense and defense.
However, the Sabres could turn their bad luck in this fixture around this year, going into the game with the knowledge that if they hit the ground running, they will be hard to stop. Baller of the week for week 2, Ollie Carroll, will be looking to cause havoc on the defensive line and put pressure on Hallam’s Quarterback, Dutch Stevenson. The defense have looked strong in the first two games and will look to continue their string of good performances with the goal of shutting out the Hallam offense. The Sabres’ offense have been a hard fighting unit in every game and every training session, so will not go down easy and look to demoralise the Hallam D with strong drives throughout the game.
This is not a game to be missed, and could be the defining moment that shapes the rest of the season for both teams. The game will be held at Goodwin Sports Centre at 1pm, in what could be the last home game before the Sabres move to a Norton playing fields. It’s OUR TIME, don’t miss out..