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Saints relegated from top flight after winless run

OUCH! Bury Saints are just one game away from a winless season (Picture: Mark Westley)
OUCH! Bury Saints are just one game away from a winless season (Picture: Mark Westley)

Bury Saints have been relegated from the BAFA NL Premiership South with one game remaining, Sunday’s home fixture against Bristol Aztecs.

The American Football team are just one game away from a whitewash season, with this weekend the final chance to claim a victory in the league’s top flight.

The side, who train and play at Thetford Rugby Club, have had a disastrous season having failed to win a game and have already been confirmed as the side to be demoted, despite a fixture left to play.

Their latest loss came at home to London Olympians on Sunday, as they lost 24-6.

It left them mathematically unable to catch their closest league rivals and they will ply their trade in SFC 1 East next season.

Head coach Jason Nowlin said he had mixed feelings about the relegation, aware his side were struggling in the top flight.

“It’s disappointing,” he said. “We went into the year with expectations and we obviously haven’t achieved them.

“But on the flip side of things, we need to rebuild the programme and replenish the cupboards so to speak, so going down a level is probably the best thing for the club right now.

“It’s obviously not ideal to get relegated but, in the grand scheme of things, it should make us stronger further down the road.”

The side host Bristol Aztecs on Sunday (2.30pm) in their final match of the season.

Nowlin said: “A win is important, but it’s not the be all and end all. It’s nice to finish the season at home though.

“People predicted that we wouldn’t even finish the season, so fulfilling our final fixture is what we’re proud of.

“It’s been really tough for us all, our numbers have been so low, and so we feel a sense of pride in having kept going and not forfeiting.

“There was one blip against London Warriors when we couldn’t field a side but that was it.”

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