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Match Preview: Knottingley Raiders @ Lincolnshire Bombers

Match Preview: Knottingley Raiders @ Lincolnshire Bombers

After a disappointing delay to their schedule (Humber Warhawks) due to a shortage of referees, the Raiders are eager to get back out on to the gridiron. A disappointing loss in a competitive game just over a month ago against Staffordshire Surge has certainly provided the Raiders with the drive to get that first W of 2018.

Lincolnshire are coming off 4 losses on the bounce against the very same two teams that have filled the Raiders’ L column. Two evenly matched sides, both eager to get their first W’s will see an exciting, physical and competitive game on Sunday. The teams only previous meeting was in a 2017 preseason controlled scrimmage.

Date: 17/06/18
Time: 14:00
Venue: Memorial Hall, North Hykeham, Lincolnshire, LN6 9RY.

Match Preview: Knottingley Raiders @ Birmingham Bulls

Match Preview: Knottingley Raiders @ Birmingham Bulls

The start of the 2018 BAFA season sees the Raiders make their first visit to the midlands to face the relegated Birmingham Bulls. Hot favourites to with Division 2 North, Birmingham Bulls, will be looking to make a strong start to their battle back to Division 1.

Coming off of a losing season in their debut year in BAFA, Raiders have a point to prove. With coaching and personnel changes over the off-season, Marsh Lane is buzzing with anticipation to get back out on the field and play some hard-hitting football.

Date: 15/03/18
Time: 14:00
Venue: Holly Lane Sports And Social Club, Birmingham, B24 9LH.

Raiders appoint Michael Fox as Defensive Coordinator

Raiders appoint Michael Fox as Defensive Coordinator

The Knottingley Raiders committee are please to announce the appointment of Michael Fox as our Defensive Coordinator. After a 30+ year love affair with american football, after first seeing Manchester Spartans play ball in 1984, Michael answered the call for our search for a DC.

Having seen Knottingley play in their debut season in BAFA National Leagues, Michael was keen to work with the club and offered his services on a short-term trial basis. Having impressed both players and coaches alike, Michael has accepted the position of DC and is keen to make an impact this year in the NFC 2 South.

We look forward to watching our defense develop under his guidance.

Season Preview: 2018 Alignments announced by BAFA

Season Preview: 2018 Alignments announced by BAFA

As BAFA announce the newly aligned landscape of the Adult Contact National Leagues for the 2018 season, Knottingley Raiders are shifted over to NFC II South for the upcoming season, along with Birmingham Bulls, Crewe Railroaders, Humber Warhawks, Lincolnshire Bombers and Staffordshire Surge.

More coming soon…

2017 Season Review

2017 Season Review

All in all, a very mixed season for the Raiders’ debut in BAFA’s National Leagues (NFC 2 Central). The Raiders started the season with two tough games against Walney Terriers, losing competitive games both home and away – a nice welcome to the NFC from Walney. With big losses against eventual divison winners Leeds Bobcats and a closely 2nd placed Gateshead Senators, along with a 1pt loss against Carlisle, the Raiders’ record for their first season wasn’t what they had hoped. It is worth noting at this stage that the postponed game with Carlisle, was proposed to be played on 2nd July as the only other free date in the calendar. Unfortunately this was not mutually agreed upon by both parties due to this giving Carlisle a back-to-back run of 5 games – Knottingley are still awaiting confirmation for the result of this in relation to the league standings (though this will not affect the position in the NFC 2 Central).

The Raiders did show grit, scoring points against every team, including a “50-burger” victory against Northumberland Lightning. The Raiders weren’t the only rookie team in the NFC 2 Central in 2017, with Morecambe Bay Storm joining them. Morecambe took the victory at their home ground at the mid-season point, setting up the last game of the season, where Knottingley battled hard with The Storm to a 26-26 tie to end 2017 for both teams.

NFC 2 Central 2017

TeamWLTPForPAgtPct
Leeds Bobcats + (C)10004501011.000
Gateshead Senators (+) (P)9104391110.900
Morecambe Bay Storm (P)5412843000.550
Walney Terriers4501811870.444
Carlisle Sentinels360912380.333
Knottingley Raiders -1711482780.167
Northumberland Lightning (-)090284000.000

The Raiders will be publishing their rookie day dates over the off-season very soon and are working hard to develop as a squad and an organisation. If you feel you could help or get involved, in any way, please do contact us.