The second round of fixtures in the Muscular Dystrophy UK Premiership kick off this weekend at the Lee Westwood Centre in Nottingham. Expect excitement, passion and some fiery competition.

Aspire PFC will look to maintain winning ways in this weekend’s MDUK Premiership action following a valiant effort at last week’s European Championships in Denmark. Currently topping the table after three impressive wins and a draw, Aspire will have the belief that they can maintain the same form and remain at the summit come Sunday evening. Rosie Hodgson shared her thoughts on their recent trip to Denmark, and her feelings on weekend 2 of the MDUK Premiership:

Last week was a challenging tournament in Denmark, having finished 4th it’s not what we hoped for but we look forward to the new challenges at nationals this weekend. We will be looking to maintain the same level of excellence in our football set in week one.”

Villa Rockets, who share equal points with Aspire at the top of the MDUK Premiership table performed impressively within week ones action and will be keen to maintain that same form this coming weekend. Challenging fixtures against Aspire and league champions West Bromwich Albion promise to be thrilling encounters. Amir Ali, who shone in Villa’s opening fixtures has since earnt himself a deserved call up into Colin Gordon’s England set up.

Champions West Bromwich Albion were fantastic on the opening weekend scoring 13 goals in their opening 4 fixtures to exhibit their clinical attacking ability. With a quartet of England internationals in Chris Gordon, Brad Bates, Matt Francis and Marcus Harrison firing in their ranks, WBA will be keen to forget the closely fought defeat to title challengers Aspire and regain that number one spot once again. Brad Bates who performed fantastically in week one, bagging 7 of the teams 13 goals shared thoughts on WBA’s preparation and his recent call up to the national side:

“Training has been excellent and we feel prepared going into this challenging five game weekend. I’m absolutely delighted with the call up to England, it has been a lifelong ambition of mine and now I fully intend on keeping my performance levels high and impress the coaching staff who have given me this incredible opportunity.”

After a terrific first weekend, West Bromwich Albion Throstles sit fourth in the standings and will be keen to maintain if not improve their current placement. The Throstles not only have a congested schedule of five games this weekend but also have arguably the toughest run of fixtures with games against Villa Rockets, Northern Thunder and counterparts West Bromwich Albion.

Sale Utd PFC, who secured their continued status within the Premiership through a play-off last year, surpassed expectations in the opening weekend. Two wins, two draws and a single loss from their opening five fixtures sees them sit in fifth position and surely exhibits the hard work and dedication put in behind the scenes. Weekend two has some difficult challenges for Sale, but a side full of confidence that will be keen to add to their current points tally.

Despite an unbeaten start to the campaign, Northern Thunder will be frustrated with their failure to capitalise on missed chances in draws against the Villa Rockets, Middlesbrough and St George’s Knights in week one. With an abundance of talent and experience in their ranks, Northern Thunder will be looking to claw their way up the table this coming weekend following a tremendous effort in the European Championships. Northern Thunder did the country proud in Denmark, securing an impressive third place finish.

Despite challenging fixtures against last season’s first, second and third place teams, Nottingham PFC performed well in week one and will be satisfied with the five points accrued. A busy weekend ahead sees them play five fixtures, from which they will want add to their impressive tally of points. They will be eager to get the ball rolling with three points against a defensively stubborn Middlesbrough side Saturday morning.

Similar to Nottingham PFC, the first weekend of action saw St George’s Knights pitted against some of the top tiers most talented teams. Closely fought defeats to Villa Rockets and West Brom were far from routine and St George’s Knights will feel frustrated not to have a share of the points. Games against Aspire and WBA Throstles will be sure to test the Knights thoroughly this weekend.

Sevenoaks PFC failed to demonstrate the cutting edge that saw them go unbeaten in last year’s Championship within their opening five fixtures, managing to secure just four points from a possible 15. Adam McEvoy’s side have since been hard at work in both the South-East Regionals and weekly training sessions to tighten up their defence and work on that crucial attacking play. They open proceedings on Saturday against a Northern Thunder side full of confidence following their recent outing in Denmark.

A shock to the system for Brighton & Hove Albion PFC who failed to register a single win in their opening four fixtures. Brighton will be desperate to exhibit the same attacking prowess that secured them a third place finish and +75 goal difference last season in this week fixtures. Matchups with Northern Thunder and Aspire could prove stumbling blocks in their pursuit of a higher league placement.

Middlesbrough PFC will be keen to demonstrate the brilliant defensive abilities shown in their 0-0 draw with Northern Thunder this weekend, where games against joint leaders Aspire PFC and Villa Rockets will be sure to test their backline. Despite a 7-2 defeat to champions WBA in week one, Middlesbrough played well across the weekend and their placement near the bottom of the table is no true reflection on how they performed.

Rooted to the foot of the table, Leeds PFC struggled on their debut season in the Premiership, losing four and drawing one of their respective five fixtures. Eager to make amends, they kick-start this weekend’s action off with an intriguing “six pointer” against a weakened Brighton side. A great opportunity for either side to secure three valuable points and get their league campaigns up and running. Leeds chairwoman and long-serving player Helen Chappell shared her optimism for week two:

“Leeds are looking forward to their second weekend in the Premiership. As a team we are learning and gaining confidence with every match we play and we’re really enjoying the new challenges and experience that the Premiership provide”

Entry is free and spectators are welcome to come and watch the action. Matches kick off at 9.15am each day at the Lee Westwood Sports Centre, at Nottingham Trent University.

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