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Exiles Youth start their 10th season 2-1!


On Sunday 30th April, the Kent Exiles Youth started their 10th consecutive season with a trip to local rivals the London Blitz.

Youth Game 1 Photo 1

It was the Blitz that they were scheduled to face first, and the first half was a cagey affair, with defences on top. The Exiles took a slender lead however, when NT Sean Lewis forced the Blitz QB out of the endzone for a safety. At the close of the half however, the Blitz forced a key turnover, as back-up QB Connor Weedon was intercepted for a pick six.

Worse was to follow for the Exiles however, as on their first drive of the second half, starting QB Conor Rumble was intercepted, and although a tackle was made, this gave the Blitz excellent field position. Despite great defensive play from Harrison Hill, Alfie West, Luke Martin and Michal Krawczak, the Blitz scored taking a 12-2 lead.

On their next offensive series however, the Exiles came out with much more purpose, behind strong running from Josh Quartey, Romano Sorrentino, and Theo Alexis, with James Suraille and Alex Savine clearing the way up front. This resulted in a Josh Quartey score, and the Exiles defence followed up with a key turnover of their own, when Harrison Hill recovered a fumble in the endzone.

With just 2 minutes to go, it looked like a win was on the cards, however a blown reverse by the Blitz saw the field reversed, and the usually disciplined Exile defence over-pursued, allowing the Blitz RB to post the winning score, Blitz holding on 18-14.

Youth Game 1 Photo 2

The Exiles picked themselves up from this disappointment to face the London Warriors, and made a good start, when after a solid drive, Conor Rumble found Sedier Al-Kiar in the endzone. Behind great defence, the Exiles stopped everything the Warriors threw at them, and the defence chipped in themselves with a couple of safeties, giving the Kent side a half-time lead of 10-0. Straight after the break, the Exiles continued with their dominant run game, enabling Rumble to hook up with James Suraille to score.

On the next defensive series, Sean Lewis trapped the London QB in the endzone for another safety, and on the following offensive series, Rumble found Russell Oriunuta to score.

The Warriors rallied slightly, with a score of their own on a blown coverage from a fake sceen, however, back came the Exiles, and on the next defensive series, after Lewis forced a fumble, Ed Dutton recovered the ball in the Warrior endzone for the final TD, the Kent side running out 30 - 6 victors.

The last game for the Exiles saw them pitted against new boys the East Kent Mavericks, who despite losing their first two games, ahd shown themselves to be no easy mark. The Exiles started well again, running the ball with purpose, enabling Rumble to find Oriunuta once again for the opening score. Another Lewis safety followed, and on the next offensive series, trigger-man found rookie WR Jack Newby, who made a great catch to score. As the Mavericks offense struggled to fire, another Exile safety ended the half.

The Exiles started the second half in just as determined mood, again running the ball strongly, and close to the Mavericks goal-line, Rumble pitched the ball to Nathan Farmer, who powered home to score. On the resulting conversion however, the Exiles were intercepted, for the Mavericks first score of the game, and on their next possession, as the Exiles rang the changes on defence, the Mavericks scored after some slick passing plays of their own.

Back came the Exiles, and again established the run, before Rumble again hit Oriunuta to score. Again, a misfire on the PAT allowed a Maverick score, but it was merely a consolation as the Exiles ran out 28 - 10 winners.

Youth Game 1 Photo 3

Head Coach Julius Hobbs said, "Despite having so many rookies this year, we acquitted ourselves really well today. Everybody contributed to the effort, and I was so pleased with the response given the first game result. We had a great deal on control today, and it was chiefly our own errors which cost us on both sides of the ball, and this is much easier to put right. Every team played some great football, the whole day was very competitive, and I think with everybody improving as the season goes on, this will be a very competitive division to win. We will concentrate on improving what we do, but if we show the same character and spirit throughout the year, we will have a really good season. I am really proud of all the players today, they are showing that all their pre-season hard work is paying off." 

(Match report written by Exiles Youth Head Coach, Julius Hobbs)

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(News article published by Mark Lawrence)


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