With pre-season football done for another year, the Staffordshire Stallions finally take to The Stables on Sunday 8th November to kickoff their 2015/16 campaign against the Worcester Royals. With another restructure of the University leagues over the summer, the Stallions have been moved back to familiar surroundings by being placed in the Midlands region, after being situated in the North West for the past 3 seasons. What makes the restructure even more exciting is that for the first time, University Football has 3 tiers, the same structure as the senior leagues. With promotion playoffs and relegation being factors, there will be always something to fight for in every game. Also with the Stallions achieving a winning season for the first time since 2008/2009 last year, we have been placed in Division 1 (Tier 2). This can only be a good thing for the Stallions as not only does the team get to face a much higher calibre of opposition, but by being one of the university’s flagship teams in competing at a high level.
With the fixture list throwing up 3 straight home games for the Stallions to being their new campaign, the team are looking to use these games to their advantage and make a statement in their new Division 1 surroundings. However, the Royals are a very good team with great coaches and also coming off the back of a winning season last year themselves, so the Stallions know what they will be in for come Sunday. On paper, this game has the potential to be a real dog fight, maybe even going all the way to the final play, so anything can happen.
The Stallions have had a great summer of recruiting new and exciting talent at all positions, and with several influential players remaining from the winning season last year, this could be one of the most exciting seasons that the Stallions have had for a long time.
Kickoff is at 1pm and we will bring you coverage of the game through our social media pages.