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Spartans axed as Exiles run riot

Essex Spartans 6-37 Kent Exiles

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The Exiles retained the annual 'Battle for the Bridge' trophy following a dominant display over local rivals the Spartans.

The Exiles started fast for once, with TK Chisango opening the scoring on a 25 yard run for his first Exiles score, Ash Faiers kicked the extra point.

Ennis Alhashimi the recovered a muffed punt by the Spartans to set up the second score, a 7 yard bullet from Zac Ritchie to Darren Durup, Faiers again hit the point after.

The second quarter was more like the usual Exiles vs Spartans matches, with hard defence from both teams, and mistakes on offence, one of which, a a Ritchie interception led to the only Spartans score, a 35 yard pass from James Dawson to Norris Owusu.

The second half saw the Exiles pull away from the get go, Nick Mayer returned the opening kick off to half way, from where Jason Jacobson took over with five straight runs which ended with a score from 2 yards out, Faiers again hit the extra point.

The Exiles defence then added to the tally, Anthony Copper and Jon Gadbury combining to take down the Spartans running back in the end zone for a safety. And after the ensuing kick off Ritchie found Rob Welling with a 28 yard score down the middle of the pitch. Faiers again with the point after.

The final score came on another Ritchie pass, this one from 19 yards out to Alex Clifford, the ever reliable Faiers again hitting the point after to give the final 37-6 score.

After the game Exiles Head Coach commented "it's always great to come away with a victory against the old foe, and retain the Battle for the Bridge trophy. We executed well most of the day, and scored some nice touchdowns as well as getting the whole squad a run out. Overall a successful day,  and one we hope to replicate throughout the season".


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