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Season Finishes With Saints on Top

Kent Exiles 8-28 Oxford Saints

29-07-2002

The Kent Exiles played their final game off the season on Sunday, having failed to make the playoffs, and rounded out a disappointing season with a 28-8 loss to the Oxford Saints. The game could not have started better for the Exiles, they pinned the Saints back with a great opening kick-off from Mark Evans, with Nigel Fox making a great tackle on the return, and then the defence stepped in forcing and recovering a Saints fumble inside the 20 yard line The offence then took the field, Andy Mountain completed a quick pass to Kris Maciolek, and Lee Nash rumbled for a couple of yards to bring up third and 2, where the Saints defence held. The Exiles elected to kick for three points but Mat Tompsett's attempted field goal was too low and was blocked at the line of scrimmage, From where the Saints took the ball.

The Exiles game then crumbled, after having held the Saints running game once again, the Saints completed a quick pass on third and long and two missed tackles later the receiver was in the endzone having scored on a 74 yard play, the point after was missed but the Saints had a 6-0 lead. The Exiles offence then went three and out on the next series, handing the ball back to the Saints, and allowed them another soft touchdown. Again some poor tackling let the Saints score from a long way out, this time on a 65 yard run. The 2 point attempt was good and the Saints led 14-0 two drives into the first quarter.

 

The Exiles Colin Field took the kick-off back 22 yards to the 35 yard line to start the next drive, and this time it was the Exiles turn to hit the Saints on a long play, Quarterback Andy Mountain found receiver Martin Jefkins on a short pass over the middle, and for the second week in succession the receiver outpaced the defence to score, this week from 65 yards out. The snap on the extra point was high, but Mat Tompsett lofted the ball to Roy Hall who out leaped two Saints defenders for the catch and the 2 points, leaving the Exiles trailing 14-8 as the first quarter ended.

The second quarter started with the Saints on the ball, and disaster once again befell the Exiles defence who let up another big play for a touchdown, this time on a 74 yard run, as well as the extra point to give the Saints a 21-8 lead before half time. The second quarter then turned into a defensive affair with both teams moving very little before punting the ball away as the searing heat began to take its toll on some of the players, leaving the halftime score still at 21-8.

The Exiles defence then began to take control of themselves, and consistently stopped the Saints for the whole third quarter, but despite some good play from Lee Nash at running back and Nigel Fox and Roy Hall on receptions the Exiles could not find the endzone, and the quarter ended with the score still at 21-8.

The Exiles came out throwing the ball even more in the 4th quarter, but still could not break another play open, or drive the ball into the endzone, the Saints found the endzone once more at the end of the game after Andy Mountain was picked off and the ball returned to the 3 yard line, from where it took the Saints four plays to score, as the Exiles defence continued their second half form, they added the extra point to leave the final score 28-8.

This result confirmed the Exiles record at 1 win, 7 losses and 1 tie on the season.

 

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