Marjon win but don't expect title success
MARJON Falcons' boss Donna Bristow has urged the chasing pack to up their game in their pursuit of perennial champions Plymouth Pilgrims.
Pilgrims, astonishingly, have won the Plymouth and District Premier A title –the highest honour in the league – for more than 20 years.
Bristow admitted she felt her side were probably out of the championship shoot-out despite a hard-fought win over a good University side.
The achingly close 30-28 victory kept Falcons in contention for silverware in the championship dust-up which is far from settled with nearly half a season still to go.
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Falcons are in third place, equal on points with Pilgrims, but four points shy of new leaders PCC.
PCC are the latest, but not the first, pretender to Pilgrims' throne.
Last season, Totem Angels came very close to winning the championship.
They narrowly beat the Pilgrims, but were pipped at the post by city side, who won the title after beating their challengers in the return fixture.
And Pilgrims may be in second place at present, but they have played two games less than either PCC or Marjon and have won all of their nine matches.
Now Bristow is conceding her Falcons need other results to go their way to give them a chance in the championship race.
She said: "What we need is PCC to beat the Pilgrims, Totem Angels to beat them and for us to beat them in the second half of the season.
"I thought we might do it at the beginning of the season, but we have been struggling with a lot of injuries.
"I would dearly love to win the title and we still might do it, but I feel we may have lost our opportunity when we lost to the Pilgrims (31-28) earlier in the season."
Bristow said she felt it would be good for the league if the chasing teams could put more pressure on Pilgrims.
She said: "If the Pilgrims win the title again this season, then good luck to them.
"But I think it would be far more healthier for the league if everyone could give the Pilgrims a run for their money and perhaps somebody else won the title. It doesn't have to be us – it could be PCC or Totem Angels.
"But I think a bit of competition would do the league some good."
Pilgrims, meanwhile, can overtake PCC by defeating bottom side University 2 at the Life Centre on Monday night (7.00).