With the NFC1 South crown clinched and home field advantage guaranteed in the first round of the playoffs, Sandwell welcomed Shropshire Revolution to #FortressTSA last Sunday. Shropshire are still in the playoff hunt and a victory would have helped them massively. Unfortunately for the Revs, this was not to be.
The Steelers started with the ball after Shropshire attempted an onside kick to start the game. This drive ended with the first play being intercepted by the Revs. Fortunately for Sandwell the defence continued their hard hitting play, leading to a turnover on downs after a fake punt. With the breathless first few minutes of the game over, normal service was resumed as RB Raph Chisholm made several defenders miss on his way to the end zone.
WR Alex Salter carried on leading the receivers, claiming the second touchdown of the game and QB Tristan Varney picked apart the Shropshire defence throwing to WR Steve Kinnersley for another touchdown in the second quarter.
Throughout the first half the Steelers defence dominated the line of scrimmage, chasing down the quarterbacks and kept Shropshire not only out of the end zone, but out of the red zone. LB Daniel Williams racked up tackle after tackle, bullying the Revolution running backs and new signing DE Justin Thomas introduced himself to the division by setting up camp in the backfield play after play.
To finish out the half WR Alex Mackenzie-Grist ran in a pass and WR Alex Salter picked up his second of the day, bringing the half time score to 35-0.
This score meant that yet again the second half started with a running clock and the scoring was finished off with a blocked punt set up by WR Deivydas Merkelis blocking the punt shield into the ball and WR Joe Guntrip recovering the ball in the end zone for his first career touchdown, bringing the score to 42-0.
Unfortunately the game finished bitter sweetly as it was finished early following a knee injury to WR Alex Mackenzie-Grist. Our thoughts go out to AMG and we hope his recovery is swift and painless. We also lost LB Colin Reeves to a broken wrist – get well soon, Colin!
AROUND THE NFC1 SOUTH
Chester Romans 60-0 Doncaster Mustangs
Sandwell Steelers 42-0 Shropshire Revolution
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The Steelers host playoff contenders Lancashire Wolverines this Sunday, looking to complete a perfect regular season. Kick-off is at 2pm, check the Facebook event for further information.
In the NFC1 North, the Northumberland Vikings defeated East Kilbride Pirates 0-5 on the road. The small margin of victory was enough to own the head-to-head over the Pirates this season. This means that, should the Vikings defeat Aberdeen Roughnecks this weekend, they’ll clinch the division and send the Pirates down to Tipton on 11 August 2019. Any other result, and it’ll be the Vikings that make the long journey down in the Quarter Final