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Exiles Wyse After the Fact - Loss to Knights

Kent Exiles 19-55 Farnham Knights


Sean Starwind had three touchdowns on the day

The Exiles hosted the Farnham Knights in a game that many pundits said would be their toughest game of the season. The Knights are firm favorites to win Division 1 and re-gain their premiership status after their shock relegation last season, and would no doubt be looking to make that point in their first outing of the season.

The Exiles made a good start to the game and after a steady drive led by quarterback Damian Marshall, who was starting his first game for the club, Sean Starwind took his pass 50 yards for the opening score. The extra point was added by Scott Shephard and the home team had a dream start and lead 7-0.

The Knights came out and hit straight back. A good kick off return from the mercurial Jon Wyse had them on the halfway line and then Kingsley Ejiogu powered into the endzone from 23yds out. Wyse then added the PAT and the scores were level at 7-7.

An interception of Marshall ended the Exiles next drive and it took Ejiogu just one play to put the visitors into a lead they would not surrender as he ran 56 yards for the touchdown. Wyse added the extra point and the Knights led 7-14.

The visitors scored again on their third possession as Ally Reid took a pass from Ashley Heath 25 yds for a score. Wyse added the extra point and the Knights extended their lead to 7-21.

The Exiles were still in the game though, and fought back with another drive behind some strong running from Garry Dillon. But it was that man Starwind who got on the score sheet again from a Marshall pass. The extra point was blocked and the score stood at 13-21. The Knights hit straight back again, as the Exiles defence continued to struggle against their potent attack, Wyse took a pass from Heath from 6yds out for the score. The kick was blocked, but the Knights extended their lead again to 13-27. And this was to remain the score until halftime.

The Knights Offense took the ball to start the second half and added a further score. Wyse converting a Heath pass into a 53yd Touchdown. He then kicked the extra point for a 13-34 Knights lead. The Exiles still would not believe the game was beyond them though, and it was Starwind again who made the play, wrestling a 50/50 ball free from the Knights defender and sprinting 26yds for the touchdown. The extra point went wide and the score was now to 19-34.

It was not to be enough though as it then took one play for Ejiogu to complete his hat-trick of touchdowns with a 21yd burst into the endzone. Wyse kicked the extra point and the Knights led 19-41. The Exiles next drive was stifled after a few plays, which handed the ball back to the Knights and that man Ejiogu added to his scoring with a 70 yd run. Wyse booted the extra point for a 19-48 Knights lead. Before the end of the game the Knights found time to hand the ball to Ejiogu again, and he scored his fifth of the day from 25 yards out. Wyse added the extra point and the Knights held the final scoreline of 19-55.

Following the game Exiles Head Coach Craig Ramsay commented “it was a tough game, but I’m pleased in the way we held in there with the Knights. Damian Marshall had a great first start for us, and go’s to show some of the strength in depth we have here at the Exiles.” The Exiles now have a couple of week’s layoff before traveling to Oxford to take on the Saints, last years Division 2 Champions.


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