After a tough day at the office last week at Tamworth, the Nighthawks host their first game of the season this coming Sunday. It kicks off at 2:30pm at the Hawk’s Nest, JMO Sports Park.
Edinburgh have proven to be a worthy opponent over the last few years, after our first clashes in the National League finals of 2014 and 2015. Since their promotion to the Premiership North, Edinburgh have gone 4-5-1 in 2017 and 4-6 in 2018, finishing 4th and 5th respectively.
Our games with Edinburgh always seem to favour the home team; Edinburgh securing 41-36 and 46-19 wins in the last two seasons, and Merseyside securing 37-13 and 14-10 wins in the same timespan. Edinburgh will be looking to buck that trend in their second game of the season, after coming off a tight 16-15 win over Sheffield in week 3. Despite their apparent offensive struggles, after losing starting QB Jamie Morrison to Prague Mustangs, the Wolves remain a tough opponent, particularly after strengthening their coaching staff in the off season. Joining Head Coach Don Edmonston are Ross Templeton (current GB Lions LB coach and former HC of East Kilbride Pirates), Steven Wilson (current GB Lions Defensive Line coach) and Jules Horn (former Ohio Northern University scholar). Add to that the increased number of players that Edinburgh have on their roster this year, and you can see why the Wolves have some confidence heading into the game.
Merseyside come into the game on the back of a tough defeat at Tamworth last week left them at 1-1 for the year, after an opening weekend success at Leicester. The usually prolific offence was kept to a meagre 6 points and must improve this week if they are to get the better of Edinburgh. Their run game was used to great success in games 1 and 2, and the passing game became a useful weapon in the 2nd half at Tamworth. The Nighthawks defence must also tighten up and match the physical Wolves offence and ensure that they keep them to a low number, like Sheffield did to them last week. If the game becomes a shoot out, expect Merseyside to lean on the returning Jordan Houghton, who missed the loss vs Tamworth, Dominic Woo and Alex Eager, who has been a standout performer in both games this year so far.
Players to Watch
Wide Receiver Lloyd Dignan – a quick wide receiver who has amassed a ton of points in previous games vs Merseyside. He is also a potent weapon in the return game.
QBs Andy Maciver and Dan Picton- dual threat QBs with strong arms and the ability to read when they need to run
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 2:30pm at JMO Sports Park on Sunday. You can find out more details here :-