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Exiles Defeat Spartans

Exiles win despite 9 turnovers


The Kent Exiles secured their Division 1 status for 2013 by doing the double over their old rivals Essex Spartans on Sunday, despite doing their best to lose the game!

The game started brightly as the Exiles drove down the pitch early and scored on a pass from Zac Ritchie which was intended for Jon Miller, the pass was deflected into the grateful hands of Colin Chislett though and the wideout snared a great reaction catch. Miller wasn't to be denied some points though as he caught the 2 point conversion.

From there on in things didn't go to plan for the Exiles offence though, and during the rest of the game they regularly threw away scoring positions and gifted the Spartans an amazing nine turnovers, three fumbles and 6 interceptions, one of which was returned by the Spartans for their score.

Luckily the Exiles defence had come to play, and they kept the Exiles in the game with relative ease as the Spartans could not move the ball. The Exiles snared three interceptions of their own with Ryan Wilson, Travis Bilham and emergency nickel back Wesley Eversley snaring one apiece, Whilst Ben Westfield recovered a Spartan fumble.

Kerry Gray once again led the team in tackles, and secured the Exiles other points as he bought down the Spartans running back in the endzone for a safety, and a further two points.

Holding a 10-7 lead for the majority of the game, the game got tense in the final minute as the Spartans finally completed a couple of passes to get within scoring range, but on the Spartans last chance Tom Kirkby-Stroud came up with the sack to seal the game for the Exiles.

"We won, but it was ugly" commented Exiles Head Coach Tony Bainbridge, "to give away nine turnovers and still come out winning is an amazing achievement, and our defence really kept us in the game. We've got one game left, and if we do the good things we did today and cut out the mistakes then we stand a chance".

The Exiles now travel to Reading on Sunday for their final game of the season, full details can be found on


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