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Thrashers all washed out by Kent

Kent Exiles 20 - 8 Hampshire Thrashers

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On a tough day, where the constant driving rain proved to be the biggest enemy, the Exiles dug deep and secured an important victory in their hunt for a playoff spot.  The Hampshire Thrashers started strong, pinning the Exiles back deep in their own territory.  Strong pressure resulted in a safety score by the Thrashers defence and a 2-0 lead for the visitors. 

In the second quarter, the Exiles offence found its rhythm and began to move the ball in stride.  Zac Ritchie completed a 9 yard touchdown pass to Jon Miller from 9 yards out for their first score, and the conversion meant the Exiles now led 7-2.  Ritchie then found wide receiver Colin Chislett with a well-timed ball which enabled Chislett to evade the tackle and sprint 69 yards for another score to put the Exiles up 13-2 at the half.

After the break, the Exiles defence continued to oppress the Thrashers with constant pressure from the front seven and acrobatic pass defence by the secondary, including balls batted down by Chris Price, Ryan Wilson and Richard Cooling.  The Exiles took advantage of the field position when Ritchie hooked up with Kieron Woolmer for a 7 yard touchdown pass.  The extra point took the score to 20-2 in favour of the Exiles.

In the end, Kent’s defence turned the weather to their advantage and held firm against the Thrashers potent passing game; the only other points the Exiles defence would concede came late in the fourth quarter as Hampshire tried to mount a comeback.  Thrashers quarterback Brad Sawyers found an open receiver from 6 yards out to pull the score back to 20-8.  Defensive lineman Kerry Gray sacked Sawyers on the 2-point conversion attempt and the Exiles stiffened as running back Ben Abbot pounded the ball to run out the remaining time.

Club chairman Dave Pester was buoyed by the result, “Yesterday our Youth team began their season, winning their under-17 tournament at Colchester and today the senior side have won out despite horrid conditions. It’s a great year to be an Exile".

The Exiles host the Berkshire Renegades next week, kicking off at 2:30pm.  For details of this and other fixtures see


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