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Lincolnshire Bombers land historic maiden play-off berth

Nathan Haymer-Bates (right) in action for the Bombers. Photo: Mike Lincoln (linxpix.com) (3473232)
Nathan Haymer-Bates (right) in action for the Bombers. Photo: Mike Lincoln (linxpix.com) (3473232)

Lincolnshire Bombers American Football Club secured play-off football for the very first time on Sunday with a rampaging 50-26 victory over the Knottingley Raiders.

The Bombers, who were formed in 2005 by Iain Bushell after the Lincoln Saints folded in the 1990s, will now look forward to a trip to play the Chester Romans to fight for promotion to the British American Football League Division One.

Sunday’s high-scoring result in the final fixture of the 2018 season was a fourth win in succession for the Bombers, who had looked out of contention in mid-season before their excellent wins over the Raiders (home and away), the Crewe Railroaders and the Humber Warhawks brought them back into the post-season reckoning.

Having qualified for the play-offs as the seventh seed, the Bombers face the second seeded Chester Romans on Sunday which brings together the two most potent offences in the Northern Football Conference Division Two.

While Chester have overrun the teams in the Central Conference, the Bombers started off the season with consecutive shut-outs in the NFC South, but bounced back to score 34 touchdowns with an average of just over 40 points per game.

Bombers founder and general manager Iain Bushell said: “I was overcome with emotion at the end of the game. Knowing how far we had come from struggling with player numbers just a few years ago to now achieving a play-off spot is incredible.

“There’s so many people to thank who have been here through the last 13 years and have kept us going during the hard times but we know the job isn’t done yet – we want to prove to everyone what a force we can be.”

Regardless of the result on Sunday, the Bombers will have plenty of momentum heading into next season with a historic year behind them.

Anyone wanting to learn American Football or help the side get to the next level can find the club online or on social media.


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