I still contest that despite the level of football being better in the other two higher divisions, Div 2 is where the party is. We’ve got lots more teams in this Div, but I am going to separate the wheat from the chaff, I rank the top 5 from Div 2 and who needs to improve if they want to succeed this season.
1 – Bournemouth Bobcats – South Western 2
The Bobcats are in rarefied air with only them and Leeds Beckett Carnegie boasting a 3-0 record as Week 3 ends. They currently haven’t let an opponent score more than 6 on them. Beating the UWE 2’s 6-22, the Plymouth Blitz 28-6 and the Bath Spa Bulldogs 0-38. After last weeks performance over UWE, the Bobcats have probably the most well-earned break as they have two weeks off before they welcome the currently 1-0 Solent Redhawks on the 5th of December, I am not sure if anyone can catch the Bobcats and their train of wins.
2 – UCLAN Rams – Northern 2
UCLAN are coming fresh off relegation from Div 1 and they aren’t standing for that, despite going 1-7 in their last season whilst at Div 1. The Rams have shown absolutely no mercy in the two games they have had this season pitching 40+ shutouts of both the Bangor Muddogs and Aberystwyth Tarannau. They have fully deserved this status at number two and with a week off before they take on the currently 2-0 Bradford Bears, can the Bears finally score more than 18 points in a game as they take on the current Division-leading Rams.
3 – Glasgow Uni Tigers – Borders 2
They missed out on being promoted last season, but the Tigers are back to make sure that doesn’t happen this year. Currently perched at 2-0 they have beaten the Heriot-Watt Wolverines and the returning Aberdeen Bulls. I won’t lie I believe the Tigers have lucked out as they can control the division until they face their last opponent, the Edinburgh Napier Knights could very well be their toughest foe, I think this division could be very interesting as the Knights are currently in 3rd but hold the best point differential in Borders 2 with +38.
4 – Kent Falcons – South Eastern 2
It was a tough game for the Falcons on Sunday, a pure defensive showcase after showing what their offence could do the week previous. A Week 3 victory over the Greenwich Mariners and a scoreline of 6-2 which is a far cry from their 29-0 shutout victory of the City Wolfpack. With the less than dominant victory over the Mariners in Week 3, they find themselves at #4 in my rankings for this week and considering they have got a weeks break before they land at UCL for the Phoenix’s first game of the season, I wouldn’t be surprised if they find themselves in these rankings again.
5 – DMU Lions – Midlands 2
As someone who has played against DMU in my career, I won’t lie I am not pleased to put them here but to not do so would be unrealistic. DMU had their first game of their season this week and pulled an absolute shocker demolishing the Staffordshire Stallions 50-6. The Stallions had put up the first 50 burger of the 2020/21 season against the Huddersfield Hawks. It seems DMU are coming back from Div 1 with a vengeance to get back up there again. Despite Notts Green being 2-0 I don’t consider them the team to beat in this division because of one of their walkover victory against the Hawks. The Lions are looking unstoppable as they melted the team that I thought would be the team to beat in Midlands 2.
One To Improve
Bangor Muddogs – Northern 2
The Muddogs have had two games and not scored a single point in either of them, I have been on the receiving end of a season that starts like this and ends with a point differential pushing -300 and I don’t wish that upon any team. Their game for Week 4 comes as they are travelling to Manchester Met to face the Eagles, who have had one game 6-10. So with a low scoring opponent if the Muddogs can work out the Eagles stout defence I think they can come away with at least some points and at most a victory.