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Alan Hands Kent Victory

Kent Exiles 17 - Norwich Devils 0

02-05-2005

The Exiles travelled to Norwich for the second time this season, and once again returned home comprehensive winners behind their dominating ground game, and another smothering defensive performance.

The Exiles Defence had an outstanding day, recording their first shutout of the 2005 season

The Exiles Defence had an outstanding day, recording their first shutout of the 2005 season

For the second week in succession it was to be the tandem of Garry Dillon and Alan Hands who did most of the damage. Dillon racked up his second consecutive 100 yard game with 171 yards, whilst Hands showed he still has a lot of life left in the old legs, contributing 83 yards on just 7 carries, and earning offensive MVP honours. It was to be Grahame Warby who started the scoring though, on the end of a 22-yard catch from Mat Duncan, Mat Tompsett slotted the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

Whilst the offence was grinding out the yards, the defence was racking up some impressive statistics, forcing five turnovers and recording 4 sacks. The unit was again led by the impressive linebacking duo of Aaron Alexis and Paul Samartin, both of whom recorded 10 tackles, whilst Eric Williams, Steve Collison and Mark Vickers all snared interceptions. The second quarter saw Tompsett extend the Exiles lead to 10-0 on a 21-yard field goal, and Gary Ead stepped forward for the defensive MVP award after bagging 2 sacks to go with his 4 tackles.

Although Dillon and Hands were carrying the load, it was to be Matt Duncan who ran in the second touchdown of the day from 15 yards out. Tompsett was again good and the Exiles held a 17-0 lead. Knowing they had the game under control, the Exiles gave most of the second half to the rest of their squad, knowing that the valuable gametime could benefit them later in the season, and the game finished with the 17-0 scoreline.

Offensive Lineman Paul Pester. The Exiles Line was key to the success of the running game

Offensive Lineman Paul Pester. The Exiles Line was key to the success of the running game

Following the game Exiles Head Coach Phil Wood commented, “we’re standing tall at 3-0, but we are still not where we need to be. We made too many mistakes in the red zone, and the penalties are crippling us. We need to concentrate more on offence, this is no walk in the park”. Defensive co-ordinator Nigel Hadley was more pleased though; “we finally recorded the shutout we wanted after letting in 6 points in both of our last games. But I’m more pleased with the big plays we’re recording, that’s something the Exiles defence has always lacked, and we’ve worked hard to make them all more ball hungry”.

The Exiles now have a week off before travelling to the Colchester Gladiators, for the first meeting between the two clubs. Full details are on the Exiles website, www.kentexiles.co.uk

Scoring Summary:

2nd Quarter – Grahame Warby 22-yard catch from Mat Duncan. Mat Tompsett PAT – Mat Tompsett 21-yard field goal

3rd Quarter – Mat Duncan 15-yard run, Mat Tompsett PAT

 

 

Most Valuable Players:

Offence – Alan Hands

Defence – Gary Ead

Special Teams – Mat Tompsett

 

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