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Knightmare For Seniors, Whilst Youths In Dreamland

15-05-2006

[u:8fcbaa830a][b:8fcbaa830a]Senior Match - PA Knights 69 v 6 Kent Exiles[/b:8fcbaa830a][/u:8fcbaa830a] [right=Exiles Defence in Action]http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/exilemalc/DSC_0299.jpg[/right]The Exiles baptism to division 1a football continued with a tough away match against last years bowl runners-up and the UK’s representative in European football, the PA Knights The match was always going to be an uphill struggle, but this was compounded by 6 of the Exiles starting defensive line-up not being available on gameday, which certainly contributed to the scoreline. The Knights got off to a fast start with standout running back Kingsley Ejiogu taking the ball in from the 3 and 7 yard lines respectively, followed by Joe StLouis scoring from 3 yards out for a 21-0 start. It was from here that the Exiles stunned the home side though, as they are unaccustomed to being scored on, when quarterback Matt Duncan found Anthony Richards from 14 yards out for the touchdown. This culminated a nice drive which catches from Richards and Martin Jefkins had helped to kick start. It was to be all one-way traffic following that though as touchdowns from Ejiogu (3), Peter Fulford, Sharif Omar and Michael Mills (2) put the game way beyond reach for the visitors. Despite the scoreline the Exiles did have some bright spots in the game, particularly under centre from where Matt Duncan showed great poise to hit his receivers for 139 yards, and then Joel Grundy came in to complete 4 passes in the fourth quarter. Sean Starwind stood out, catching 5 balls for 40 yards. Defensively Aaron Alexis was his usual standout self, leading the team with 10 tackles, and was ably assisted by Gary Ead, Mark Evans and Steve Collison with 5 each. Following the game Exiles Head Coach James Mitchell was in a contemplative mood as he commented, “today was a learning experience for us. The Knights are a big, fast and powerful team, and will again do well this season, but I’m pleased with the way my team stood up and were counted today, and several times showed that we can play good football. Now we’re focussing on our visit to Chiltern next week to face the Cheetahs and our first conference game”. Full details of the Exiles upcoming season can be found by logging onto the clubs website www.kentexiles.co.uk [b:8fcbaa830a]Game Most Valuable Players[/b:8fcbaa830a] Offence – Eddie Gray Defence – Aaron Alexis Special Teams – Mark Evans [b:8fcbaa830a]Selected Game Statistics[/b:8fcbaa830a] Passing Mat Duncan - 7 of 25 for 139 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT Joel Grundy – 4 of 10 for 27 yards Rushing Stewart Muir – 11 for 11 yards Alan Hands – 1 for 10 yards Receiving Sean Starwind – 5 for 40 yards Anthony Richards – 2 for 41 yards, 1 TD Eddie Gray – 2 for 62 yards Defence Aaron Alexis – 10 tackles Mark Evans – 5 tackles, 1 FF, 1FR Gary Ead – 5 tackles Steve Collison – 5 tackles Aaron Harris – 4 tackles [u:8fcbaa830a][b:8fcbaa830a]Youth Match - PA Knights 6 v 14 Kent Exiles[/b:8fcbaa830a][/u:8fcbaa830a] [right=TOUCHDOWN!!!]http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c303/exilemalc/DSC_0260.jpg[/right]In the appetiser for the main event, it was the young Exiles who came out winners, securing victory over the Knights youth team. Head Coach James McCartney’s team is full of first year players, who have been training hard since the new year to be ready for today’s first league match, and the team spirit which has seen them bond over this time was in full evidence today, as it was a true team effort to earn the win. The Knights actually scored first, early in the second quarter on a 2 yard run. Joe Alexis blocked the point after though, and the score was 6-0. That was not to be the only contribution Alexis made on the day, as he led the Exiles defence with an amazing 14 tackles and a sack, more than double that of his nearest rival. After the score it was the turn of the Exiles offensive standout to take the field, and Luke Aylward did not disappoint. His tough running drove the Exiles downfield before he finished the drive off with a 14 yard run for the touchdown, tying the game at 6 all which it was to remain until half time. The third quarter saw both teams defences come to the fore, with Max Engel and Reiss Bowen stepping up and making tackles, before Michael Cuttings interception handed the ball back to the visitors. Oliver Gould led his team down the field with Tim Ayres also getting good yardage, before Marc Brazzill made a wonderful catch to take the Exiles well within scoring distance, Gould fumbled the snap on the Knights 1 yard line though, and the offence had failed to score. This gave the defence a chance though, and on the Knights next play Joe Alexis disrupted the play, allowing Alex Miller to tackle the running back in his own endzone for the safety, and a 2 point lead for the Exiles. The Exiles were now not going to be denied, and the defence consistently held the Knights to little or no gain, and certainly did not let them get near to scoring. The Exiles then killed the game in the last few minutes when Aylward, aided by some great blocking, single-handedly drove down the field and capped it off with a 12 yard run for the touchdown. Following the game Coach McCartney commented, “that was a great game for us, Joe [Alexis] and Luke [Aylward] were immense today, but we also had a great performance from the offensive line that played well all day. The guys can’t wait for the next challenge now, as we take on the Essex Spartans in two weeks time”. Full details of the Exiles upcoming season can be found by logging onto the clubs website www.kentexiles.co.uk [b:8fcbaa830a]Selected Game Statistics[/b:8fcbaa830a] Passing Oliver Gould – 2 of 12 for 65 yards, 2 INT Rushing Luke Aylward – 29 for 127 yards, 2 TD Tim Ayres – 4 for 26 yards Receiving Marc Brazzill – 1 for 33 yards Luke Grundy – 1 for 32 yards Defence Joe Alexis – 14 tackles, 1 sack for 7 yards, and 1 blocked PAT Reiss Bowen – 5 tackles Michael Cutting – 4 tackles, 1 INT for 2 yards Max Engel – 4 tackles Justin Tanega – 3 tackles Rory O’Neill – 3 tackles
 

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