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Exiles leave Raiders feeling blue

Bedfordshire Blue Raiders 14-35 Kent Exiles

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Wesley Eversley - 3 Touchdowns

The Exiles travelled to Bedford and remained undefeated with victory over the Blue Raiders, and came away with an unexpected bonus as a Watford victory over Essex meant moving to the top of the Division 2 East table as well.

As the sun beat down the Exiles offence got to work first, and soon took a 7-0 lead with Zac Ritchie hitting Wesley Eversley on a 32 yard pass for the touchdown. Jon Miller kicked the extra point.

The Exiles defence then shut down the Blue Raiders and forced them to punt, but Ritchie was intercepted soon after giving the Blue Raiders great field position, from where they ran in a 2 yard touchdown, and then threw for the 2 point conversion, to take an 8-7 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Exiles then kicked into gear, and Eversley put in a game changing performance in the second quarter, Ritchie found him from 17 yards out for the Exiles second score, Miller again good on the point after, and then Eversley came up with the play of the game as he ran for an 88 yard score, outpacing the entire Blue Raiders defence. That score also broke a long standing record for the Exiles longest touchdown run.

The half was capped off when Josh Trimmer made a spectacular one handed interception and returned it for the Exiles next touchdown from 38 yards out, and the Exiles took a 28-8 lead into the locker room.

Dominant Defence!

Early in the third period Gareth Rees forced a fumble which Kerry Grey recovered, allowing Audley Swain to extend the Exiles lead on a 26 yard catch from Ritchie, Miller again good on the point after, and with a 35-8 lead the game was effectivly won, so the Exiles rotated their squad for the rest of the game.

Another Blue Raiders interception saw them score again, on a 1 yard run this time, but the Exiles continued to drive the ball with rookie Markos Kornaros at the helm. His 30 yard run set up Paul Crawford's score, but a penalty saw this one wiped off the scoreboard.

The Blue Raiders tried valiantly to get back into the game, but a great open field tackle from Nick Clifford on a fake punt effectivly ended the game, and the Exiles remained unbeaten.

Following the game Exiles Head Coach Tony Bainbridge commented "that was another good victory, and it was great to see Wes (Eversley) have a standout game. It's an unexpected bonus being top of the division, but one that means nothing if we do not consolidate it by winning our remaining games. It changes nothing, and we need to keep our focus for a few more weeks yet".

The Exiles now have a three week rest before a crunch match with the Essex Spartans on the 24th July at home in Crockenhill, full details are available at


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