American football: Pathfinders on course for promotion in play-offs

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MK PATHFINDERS have edged closer to promotion after a spectacular win against Oxford Saints in the quarter-finals of the play-offs on Sunday.

The boys from MK will be making their first appearance in the semi-finals after crushing the Saints 42-24 in their own back yard.

The victory marks the most successful season ever for the Emerson Valley-based team, as not only have they made the last four of the play-offs, but they’ve won more games, scored more points and conceded fewer than ever before in the Division Two East league.

But waiting for them in the next round are the undefeated Peterborough Saxons – the only team to have notched up a win against Pathfinders this season.

After losing 32-0 to the Saxons in the first meeting between the two sides this year, they met again a week later, and after a late touchdown was disallowed for an infringement, Pathfinders lost again, 21-14.

But Pathfinders haven’t been beaten since and head coach Roger Brown is hoping his men can make it third time lucky against the Cambridgeshire side.

“This will truly be a great game and the game of the year, the winner is set to take all,” he said.

“Many pundits think the winner of this game will win the year’s Division Two Brit Bowl Championship.”

No date has yet been decided for the semi-final, but the final is set to be played at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield on Saturday, August 25.