The term perfect season is often touted in the NFL about teams especially if they have a good few wins to open the season. It is never mentioned when talking about a sport in which its playoff format was once described as burning the house down to get the rat out of the kitchen. However English National League North Division 2 side newcomers, the Solway Sharks, have done just that.
The Sharks jumped ship from the Scottish National League last summer after the Fife Flyers joined the Elite League and placed in the bottom rung of the English system. The Sharks were preseason favourites for the title but after 28 games the team from Dumfries recorded a 28 – 0 – 0 season taking the title by 12 points and the cup.
It is a remarkable achievement for an amateur organisation that contains so many local players. Next season will be more of a challenge for the side as they face top Northern Division sides such as this seasons ENL North 1 winners the Billingham Stars and the Whitley Warriors as well as development sides in the Trafford Metros, Nottingham Lions and Telford Titans.
In the future who knows we may see the Solway Sharks in the English Premier League as the Dumfries outfit have proven they are a well organised and capable organisation with a passion for youth development.