The MDUK Premiership has finally returned! The weekend’s action at the Lee Westwood Centre gave us two brilliant, action-packed days.

West Bromwich Albion kicked off the defence of their coveted crown in dramatic fashion with a thrilling 7-2 victory over Middlesbrough that sent out a clear statement of intent to all other competitors. Also triumphing over Nottingham PFC and St George’s Knights, WBA seemed to pick up where they left off last season. A closely fought 1-0 defeat to fellow title challengers Aspire PFC was their only defeat during the weekend’s action. WBA captain and coach Chris Gordon shared his thoughts on the first week of the Muscular Dystrophy UK Premiership League, saying:

“After a long break over the summer it was great to be back playing in the MDUK National League. We’ve kept busy in the off-season with valuable friendlies and regular training sessions- none of which compete with the buzz of the National League.

“For WBA, the standard of play over the weekend as a whole was positive. We are trying to play the right way, passing the ball around to try and exploit the opposition. We want to make the sport enjoyable to watch.

“We were obviously disappointed with the result against Aspire PFC, but that only drives us all to work harder and improve. I’m still confident we can achieve our goal and defend last year’s League and Cup successes! We look forward to the next round of fixtures in October.”

A slow start to the campaign for title hopefuls Aspire PFC saw them secure just a single point from a closely fought draw with a defensive Nottingham PFC side. A 3-1 victory over newly promoted Sevenoaks PFC got them back to their winning ways shortly. They seemed to take that momentum into the Sunday fixtures, where the introduction of England international Charlie Kitcher helped secure impressive victories against both WBA and WBA Throstles. An action packed 1-0 win against champions West Bromwich Albion unquestionably drew the biggest crowd of the weekend.

A brilliant weekend for the Villa Rockets, encapsulated by their equalising goal in the closing seconds of their match against Northern Thunder. This should give Villa, who won three and drew one of their opening four games, a chance of mounting a meaningful title challenge. Despite flashes of brilliance, Northern Thunder are likely to be disappointed they were unable to capitalise on a number of missed chances in closely fought draws with St George’s Knights, Villa Rockets and Middlesbrough PFC- unbeaten, they currently sit sixth in the table.

Sevenoaks PFC will be sure to take positives from the four points they acquired on their return to the top tier. A 1-0 win against Leeds PFC and a closely fought 0-0 draw with Sale Utd PFC sees them placed just above the danger zone in ninth position. A disappointing start to the MDUK Premiership for Brighton & Hove Albion PFC who lost two and drew two of their opening four fixtures. Following an impressive third placed finish last year, they will be eager to bounce back in the next round of fixtures.

Besides a 5-1 defeat to table toppers Aspire PFC, West Bromwich Albion Throstles had an excellent weekend, beating Brighton, Leeds and Sevenoaks. Dave Lewis’s side will have strong intentions of bettering last season’s sixth place finish. Sale Utd PFC recorded almost as many wins in their first weekend of the 2018/19 season as they did in the whole of the last campaign- victories over Leeds and Middlesbrough give them a solid eight point foundation to build on in future fixtures.

Nottingham PFC sit seventh after one win, two draws and one loss over the course of the weekend.  With a few tough games coming up in weekend 2 of the MDUK Premiership, Nottingham will be keen to work hard in both the regionals and training to ensure the best possible chance of success. Middlesbrough and Leeds PFC had frustrating weekends, picking up two points and one point respectively. Leeds, who experienced their first taste of Premiership action were given a stark insight into the toughness of the top tier. Despite some unfortunate results, Middlesbrough looked impressive defensively in their matchup with Northern Thunder, so will take positives from the weekend.

A disappointing Saturday for St George’s Knights saw narrow defeats to title contenders Villa Rockets and WBA. Rooted to the bottom of the table going into Sunday’s fixtures, a 1-0 win against Middlesbrough and a hard fought 2-2 draw with title hopefuls Northern Thunder saw St George’s Knights jump up to eighth position- a very impressive turnaround.

League Table

Position

 Team

P

W

D

L

GD

PTS

1

Aspire PFC

4

3

1

0

7

10

2

Villa Rockets

4

3

1

0

6

10

3

West Bromwich Albion

4

3

0

1

9

9

4

West Bromwich Albion Throstles

4

3

0

1

1

9

5

Sale Utd PFC

5

2

2

1

2

8

6

Northern Thunder

4

1

3

0

2

6

7

Nottingham PFC

4

1

2

1

-2

5

8

St George’s Knights

4

1

1

2

-1

4

9

Sevenoaks PFC

5

1

1

3

-6

4

10

Brighton & Hove Albion PFC

4

0

2

2

-2

2

11

Middlesbrough PFC

5

0

2

3

-7

2

12

Leeds PFC

5

0

1

4

-9

1

 

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