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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.

Match Report: Morecambe Bay Storm 26 – 26 Knottingley Raiders

Match Report: Morecambe Bay Storm 26 – 26 Knottingley Raiders

Where to start on one hell of a game of football? Morecambe Bay Storm came to Knottingley with a 5-4 record, compared to the Raiders’ 1-7 season: A four hour game of football that had everything, was a fine way to end the season for both teams. Our best wishes go to both the Raiders and Storm players who sustained serious injuries, leading to two lengthy stoppages in the 4th quarter.

It was Morecambe who took the first blood with a deep ball to their WR, finished off with a short run in to the end zone. But Knottingley hit back before the half to head in to the changing rooms 8-6 Morecambe. The third quarter saw 30 points shared between the teams, 3 TD’s for Morecambe and 2 for Knottingley, with no PAT conversions for either side – one of which was a great effort by (QB #5) Josh Brown, escaping two near sacks to scramble out and fire in to the end zone for Offensive MVP Tone Kramer (WR #84).

The fourth quarter, difficult for both sides, had Morecambe Bay Storm make plenty of yards, with one near TD taking them to the 2 yard line, stopped by defensive MVP Adam Mulligan (CB #25). The goal line defence from the Raiders won this battle, giving their offence the opportunity for a last drive, standing 8 points behind on the scoreboard. Some outstanding grabs from all the Raiders receivers, whilst aware of the sideline and the clock, allowed Andy Lund (TE #42) to make a beautiful pick of ball from the air in the end zone for the TD, with Brad Dobson (WR #10) converting the 2pt effort from Josh Brown to tie the game.

A mixed bag of emotions from the 2017 season, but nonetheless, the Raiders are committed to recruiting well over the offseason and putting in the hard work to continue to score points and compete hard in the BAFA National Leagues next season. Keep your eyes out for Rookie Day’s coming in 2017 and early 2018.

Match Preview: Morecambe Bay Storm @ Knottingley Raiders

Match Preview: Morecambe Bay Storm @ Knottingley Raiders

Morecambe Bay Storm visit Marsh Lane for the final game for both teams in the 2017 NFC 2 Central. The Raiders and Storm have had differing fortunes for their rookie seasons in the BAFA National Leagues. Whilst one made a name for themselves in their associate campaign in 2016, the other has gone on to have a successful debut season, aiming to finish 2017 with a winning record.

Knottingley played 7 associate fixtures in 2016, displaying a dominant style of play, averaging over 50 points per game. The only loss coming from divisional rivals Leeds Bobcats: a hard fought 46-40 loss. However, whilst the Raiders have only one win under their belt in 2017, a 56-16 drubbing over Northumberland Lightning, Morecambe have gone on to a 5-4 season thus far. Morecambe beat the Raiders last time out and will be heading to Marsh Lane looking for their 6th win of the season, though Knottingley will certainly be looking to spoil the party and take the W to end their 2017 campaign.

Date: 06/08/17
Time: 14:00
Venue: Knottingley RUFC, Marsh Lane, Knottingley, WF11 9DE.