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Taking inspiration from the Great Britain Lions women’s team, Lil Bush of the Yorkshire Rams and Leeds Carnegie Chargers threw a pass to Spencer Whybrow on a fake point-after attempt to become the first female player to throw a scoring pass in the National League.

“I’m absolutely stoked, I’m really happy,” was the understandable reaction of Bush after helping her team to a 34-14 win over the Doncaster Mustangs in the NFC 1 North.

In the Premiership South, the London Warriors 42-9 triumph over the Bristol Aztecs saw them stay in touch with the London Blitz who were on a bye week.

Four teams continued their unbeaten streaks. In the NFC 2 Central, the Leeds Bobcats won 52-7 against the Carlisle Sentinels.  In the SFC 2 West, the Bristol Apache shutout the Worcestershire Black Knights 61-0 while the Wembley Stallions triumphed 36-3 over the Ipswich Cardinals in the SFC 2 East.

The Manchester Titans continued their winning ways in the NFC 1 North knocking off the West Coast Trojans 48-8. Struggling with a squad of just 19 players, the Trojans’ spirit wasn’t enough to fend off their opponents. Trojans defensive coordinator Tam Chapman took a realistic view on the rest of the season commenting, “Our goal is to stick together and compete where we can for the remaining games.”

After seven attempts, the Crewe Railroaders picked up their first win In the NFC 2 South by beating the Humber Warhawks 23-6. The Birmingham Lions’ 18-14 defeat of Coventry has left the Jets winless and fixed to the bottom of the NFC 1 South. After falling behind early, another spirited fightback from Coventry came to nothing.

The main focus on next weekend’s games will be in Sussex when the (7-0) Thunder can seal the SFC 1 Central title at home with a victory over the (3-3) Solent Thrashers.

Sadly, in the SFC 1 Central the South Wales Warriors 0-42 loss at the Oxford Saints has condemned them to relegation which follows their voluntary demotion from the Premiership last season.

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