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Exiles defeat Saxons to go 3-0

Kent Exiles 31-10 Peterborough Saxons

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Griffiths to Starwind = Touchdown!

The Kent Exiles defeated the Peterborough Saxons 31-10 to move to 3 wins and no losses so far for the 2009 season.

This was the first time the Exiles had played the Saxons in a competitive match, and knowing they had only narrowly lost to the Ipswich Cardinals the previous week, the Exiles started the game cautiously. Taking the ball first the Saxons took to the air, a move which was immediately snuffed out by a Carl Cahoon interception, which was returned 35 yards to the Saxons 5 yard line.

Despite the great field position the Exiles could not score, and the drive ended with Richard McHugh pushing his 32 yard field goal attempt wide right of the posts.

The Saxons then got a good drive going themselves, and took the lead with a 23 yard field goal from Nick Kay.

The rest of the quarter was a defensive affair, with neither team threatening the endzone. But early in the second quarter the Exiles found some room, and behind the running of Stewart Muir (17 carries for 90 yards on the day) they drove to the Saxons goal-line. Unable to punch it in they settled for a McHugh field goal from 21 yards, and tied the game.

The Exiles then got the ball back after a good defensive series, Joe Alexis (9 tackles) and Aaron Alexis (7 tackles) leading the stand. This allowed the offence to take the lead when after catches from Clive Palumbo and Harry Innis, quarterback Aaron Griffiths found Sean Starwind from 20 yards out for the go-ahead score. McHugh kicked the extra point, and it was 10-3 at the half.

The Exiles received the kick-off to start the second half, and immediately drove downfield. Muir again making good yards before the Griffiths to Starwind combination scored again, this time from 31 yards out. McHugh was again good with the point after.

Sacha Conte - 2 Interceptions

The Exiles defence then again came up with a big play, when linebacker Sacha Conte snagged an errant pass from the Saxons Ed Helton. This led to another Griffiths touchdown pass, this time from 6 yards out to McHugh who leapt above defenders at the back of the endzone, and bought his feet down inbounds for the score. McHugh then also converted his own touchdown.

With the score now 24-3, and in the fourth quarter, the Exiles began to rotate their squad, but with dire consequences. A defensive mix-up led to a scrambling Helton finding Dervan Alleyne alone behind the Exiles secondary, and he raced in for a 54 yard touchdown, Kay converted the point after.

Sensing an opportunity, the Saxons defence then came up with a forced fumble, and gave their offence another chance to score, and get within a touchdown of the Exiles. But once again Conte stepped up and picked off Helton's pass in the endzone, ending the Saxons scoring hopes.

The Exiles then put the game away with a fine drive, culminating in Griffiths finding Palumbo from 12 yards out. McHugh again kicked the extra point.

Following the game Exiles Head Coach Scott Rowe commented "I'm pleased with this hard fought victory over a tough Saxons team. We've still got a lot of work to do, but it is good to get the wins on the board, and the players can be proud of their efforts so far this season".

The Exiles now face the Cambridgeshire Cats away from home next weekend, will the game lead to another scoring frenzy, or will both teams have learnt from the 122 point thriller a fortnight ago? Full details of the match can be found on the Exiles website


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