Varsity American Football Preview
26th April 2015
American Football pre-match interview:
“They don’t really like us and we don’t really like them.”
No love lost is the phrase that springs to mind when you listen to the University of Nottingham’s American Football players previewing this year’s Varsity match against Nottingham Trent.
All told though, the latter’s feelings towards UoN’s team might not be quite as strong as they are the other way around. From a green and gold point of view that’s not a good thing. It reflects the fact that, historically, Trent’s American Football team have trampled all over their annual opponents.
Nottingham Trent’s 26-13 victory in last year’s series made it five wins from five in Nottingham Varsity, an unblemished period of success which has twice seen Uni leave the field without scoring a point.
Nottingham Trent are favourites once again this year, but there is hope for the University of Nottingham – more so than in years gone by.
Both teams compete in the same BUCS division and concluded their seasons many weeks before Easter, let alone the Varsity fixture. Trent finished 1st, but Uni finished 3rd with six wins from their eight fixtures. It represented the latter’s best season in recent times.
And although rather ominously, one of UoN’s two defeats was a 26-0 thrashing at the hands of Trent, untouchable they are not. Back in February NTU suffered a 6-0 loss away at Worcester, a side that the University of Nottingham beat 28-12 on their travels.
The league table and the teams’ head-to-head record suggests it will be a Varsity point for Trent in American Football. Any odds would be shorter for the boys in pink. But Uni’s improvement in last year’s Varsity compared to 2013, and their more than respectable league season this year, do offer hope – if not expectation – that if any UoN team can turn the tide of Trent dominance of American Football, it will be this year’s.