After two bye weeks, the Nighthawks face their longest trip of the year as they head to Edinburgh this weekend for their clash with the Wolves.
Edinburgh have had a tough start to this season, with a 1-3 record heading into this weekend’s game with the ‘Hawks. They started the season well, besting Sheffield Giants 16-15 in a tight clash that the Wolves won when Sheffield elected to go for 2 towards the end of the game and ultimately coming up just short. This has been followed with 3 defeats for Edinburgh, with the Wolves failing to register any points in their last two games (a 50-0 defeat against Tamworth and a 14-0 shutout against Manchester last time out). They’ll be looking to right the ship this weekend, in a fixture that they typically perform well in.
Our last game with Edinburgh saw the Nighthawks come out on top 33-14, despite the Wolves taking an early lead. Some smart changes defensively by HC Craig Pennington and some strong running saw the Nighthawks home at JMO in mid-May. They will be hoping to learn from that experience and face the journey North in an optimistic mood.
Merseyside come into the game on the back of a strong start to the year, sitting on 3-1 after back to back victories over the Wolves and then Manchester Titans, with their sole defeat coming at the hands of Prem North reigning Champs, Tamworth Phoenix. Their victory over Manchester handed the Nighthawks the edge in the battle for play offs and they will certainly not want to relinquish that edge in Scotland this weekend. The last game vs Manchester saw Touchdowns from WRs Jordan Houghton and Dominic Woo, as well as a brace from Laurent Tshimanga, his best being an 87 yard scamper from the Nighthawks 3 yard line. Merseyside will no doubt lean heavily on the run game this weekend, as both Martin Murphy and LT make the journey on Sunday morning.
Players to Watch
Linebacker Ross Young – the key piece in the Wolves defence, this GB LB missed the game on Merseyside through suspension. His return is sure to give the Hawks trouble in the box.
QB Liam Brown – thrust into the limelight vs Tamworth 2 games ago, Brown has shown the qualities that can threaten the Nighthawks secondary with pin point passes and a strong arm.
Defensive Line – boasting a number of new additions from Stirling Clansmen, this usually physical unit has been bolstered in the off season with the addition of Coach Wilson, and will give the Nighthawks OL a fun afternoon this weekend.
The game kicks off at 2:00pm at Peffermill Playing Fields and we’ll keep you right up to date live on our Facebook page. You can find out more about the game at the Wolves Facebook event, here :-