PREVIEW | Eagles vs Sussex Thunder

20 Apr

The Eagles kick off the 2018 season at home to the Sussex Thunder on Sunday afternoon at Bedford International Athletics Stadium.

After going 10-0 in the regular season last year the Thunder unexpectedly went down 26-9 against the Berkshire Renegades last weekend, and head into the game eager to get back to winning ways.

The Eagles meanwhile come into the 2018 campaign following back-to-back 4-6 seasons, looking to rebuild again with a small but highly committed squad of players keen to cause a few surprises along the way.

The game kicks off at 1pm, with free admission for all.

Team News

Head Coach Neale McMaster will be missing LB/TE Darren Willison due to a back injury. WR Troy Mayer has a thumb injury and will be a game-time decision, but QB Martin Day is back making his first start since 2015 following a serious knee injury.

Head Coach Neale McMaster

“We’re excited to finally get back to playing football after a long preseason.

“With a small squad and a fair percentage of rookies, we’ll be looking to have an exciting and testing offense, complemented by an attacking defensive and special teams units that will allow us to challenge for that first elusive playoff victory this year.”


Game Coverage

If you can’t make it to Bedford to watch the games, we will be providing score updates via our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Eagles to meet the Thrashers in semi-final

11 Aug

Following the decision by the Colchester Gladiators to withdraw from the post-season the Eagles have been confirmed as the third seed in the SFC 1 play-offs, and will travel to the South Coast to face the Solent Thrashers in the semi-final on Sunday 23rd August.

Despite their 38-27 defeat to the Eagles at the weekend the Hertfordshire Cheetahs move up to the fourth seed, and will face the #1 ranked Farnham Knights in the other semi-final.

Sunday’s victory over the Cheetahs takes the Eagles into the post-season for the second successive season high on confidence following three wins in a row against divisional opponents.

It will be third time the Eagles and Thrashers have met in the club’s short history. Last season Solent knocked the Eagles out of the play-offs at the quarter final stage, and earlier this season a record-breaking field goal was the difference between the two sides as the Thrashers edged passed 17-14.

SFC 1 Play-Off Semi-Finals:

Farnham Knights v Hertfordshire Cheetahs
Solent Thrashers v Ouse Valley Eagles

The winner of each game will face off in the SFC 1 Final on Sunday 13th September, kicking off at 4pm at Leicester Road Stadium, Hinckley, Leicester, with a place in the SFC Premier Division up for grabs.