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Exiles Put Gladiators To The Sword



The Exiles moved to 4-0 on the season with a second shutout victory, this time over league new boys the Colchester Gladiators.

The Exiles Defence had another outstanding day, recording their second shutout of the season

The Exiles Defence had another outstanding day, recording their second shutout of the season

The Gladiators were held to just 84 total yards by the hard hitting Exiles, whilst they racked up over 350 yards themselves, in a dominating performance which sees them consolidate top spot in the conference. Quarterback Matt Duncan led the line for the Exiles with 175 yards passing on the day, and hit Stuart Muir on the sideline for a 30 yard touchdown to give the Exiles their first score and a 6-0 lead. This came after the Gladiators started fast in driving to the Exiles 20-yard line on their first possession, before being repelled by a strong defensive stand led by MVP Steve Morrison.

Garry Dillon continued his fine start to the season with two short yardage touchdowns, both behind great blocking from fullback Glen Boyle, Mat Tompsett added an extra point and the Exiles held a 19-0 lead early in the third quarter. Meanwhile the defence continued to blank the Gladiators, with Mat Tompsett, Roy Hall and Patrick Hearn all making interceptions to quickly end drives.

Knowing the game was effectively won, the Exiles once again mixed in their less experienced players for the remainder of the half, Xavier Heckel making a statement with 47 yards rushing on seven carries, and David Maisey recording a sack on the defence. It was to be rookie Anthony Richards making his first catch who scored the final touchdown on a 12-yard reception from Duncan; Tompsett was again good for the final 26-0 score.

After the game Exiles Head Coach Phil Wood commented, “another good win, and we’ve picked up our game a little as well. The defence is hitting good form, but the offence is still stuttering in the red zone, so that will be our focus in training this week”. “The game was played in a great atmosphere, and the home fans certainly made some noise and really got behind their team” said statistician Julius Hobbs, “hopefully they’ll all come to the rematch in Kent and it will be a real party atmosphere”.

The Exiles now have a week off before facing the resurgent Essex Spartans in their first home fixture, full details can be found on the Exiles website

Scoring Summary:

2nd Quarter Stuart Muir 30-yard catch from Matt Duncan - Garry Dillon 2-yard run

3rd Quarter Garry Dillon 2-yard run, Mat Tompsett PAT

4th Quarter Anthony Richards 12-yard catch from Matt Duncan, Mat Tompsett PAT

Most Valuable Players:

Offence – Alex Campbell (WR)

Defence – Steve Morrison (DL)

Special Teams – Steve Collison (DB)


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