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Review Week 19 M2EN

By Peter Ilott

Matt gets 2 back to leave Pete 3 up

Melbourne secured the M2EN title with a 6 try 41-5 bonus point win over Newark, and will return to Midlands 1 next season after their unjust relegation next year. East or West - who knows?

Onto the other fixtures starting at the top. Lots of high scoring game this weekend with bonus points galore being bagged.

Dronfield went to Loughborough and came away with a bonus point 32-24 win.

Long Eaton beat Ilkeston in what must have been a very entertaining game - 66-30.

Lincoln had too much for Southwell winning 54-27 in another high scoring game.

And Ashbourne beat Matlock 29-34 at Matlock, with Matlock securing 2 bonus points.

What happened to the defence in these games?

Market Rasen v Ashby was postponed and I do not have a reason why yet. IF Ashby were unable to raise a side, they may be deducted 5 points by the RFU heirachy.

So how does that leave the table.
Melbourne champions.
Mathematically 4 teams have a chance for the play-offs. Dronfield, Long Eaton, Ashbourne and Loughborough. (2 of these have still to play Melbourne). Dronfield have a 4 point advantage over Long Eaton. Loughborough are 15 points adrift of Dronfield, so their chance would seem unlikely.
The play off will see the second placed team in M2EN and M2ES play off with the team having the best record for the season having home advantage.
And on to the bottom. Southwell are now relegated. Ashby, not officially, but a replayed game at MR, 4 wins of 50-0 and for Matlock not to pick up a point again all season, it would seem unlikely that Ashby will survive. Ashby host Matlock next week.

And to Matt and Pete if anyone cares. Both would have gone for all of Matt's predictions this week which (bar MR v Ashby) were correct. Matt took 2 points back to leave Pete 3 up. Matt has already put his predictions in for next week.

Melbourne travel to Ashbourne looking to avenger their only league defeat of the season.

Updated 06:47 - 31 Mar 2019 by Peter Ilott

Where next?

Preview week 20 M2EN So week 20 arrives. Pete 3 up.
Preview Week 19 M2EN League action resumes this week. Pete 5 up. Matt going first. How safe will Pete play it with only 4 weeks remaining?


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