Sunday 15th July, 14:30 kick off at Sir Thomas Rich's School, Oakleaze, Longlevens, GL2 0LF
This Sunday sees the return match of our opening game of the season. Way back in April the Centurions travelled down to the much fancied Bournemouth Bobcats with a light squad containing many rookies and new faces, in a close battle of two very tight defences I think a draw was a fair result although both teams had opportunities to secure the win with strong offensive drives, but neither were able to convert territory in to points.
Since then the Centurions squad has strengthened but struggled to get results during arguably our hardest stretch of the season, 2 trips to Cornwall and a trip to divisional favourites Oxford. A 13-0 win was secured at Bristol Apache and the Centurions are hoping to get at least 3 more wins from their last 4 games of the season, all at home. Offensive captain Karl Friston and leading touchdown scorer Ian Lakin return for this game bringing some much needed experience to the Centurions offence and the 'Pain Train' Levi Smith comes back to the squad at middle linebacker.
The Bournemouth Bobcats have had a mixed bag of results since the opening day, gaining 2 wins over a strong Cornish Sharks team and also a pair of victories over the Bristol Apache however they were shutout by Oxford Saints. Heading in to the final phase of the season they find themselves sat in 2nd place in the table however with their final game of the season being against Cornish Sharks in a potential winner takes all for a play off spot they will not want to slip up and lose points in Gloucester this weekend.
Despite results against common opponents suggesting an easy win for the Bobcats I think with the travel factor, the pressure of the Bobcats trying to secure a playoff spot and the likes of Anthony Lartey, Sam Bonner and Levi Smith making a huge improvement to the Centurions defence since the first game this game will be a lot closer than many people expect.