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Exiles more mighty than Thunder!


Kent Exiles 14-0 Sussex Thunder

The Kent Exiles secured a close victory over the Sussex Thunder at the Beaverwood Club on Sunday as they continued their pursuit for the playoffs.

Kent had beaten the Thunder earlier this season with a come-from-behind win in Brighton and were eager to make it a double against another potential playoff contender.

However the Exiles started slowly and could have easily been behind as Sussex missed two field goal attempts in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Kent started to find their feet with their defense, which has been outstanding so far this season, once again proving tough to beat.

Jay Henderson intercepted a Sussex pass to put the Exiles offense in great field position and just a few drives later they had finally broken the deadlock as Zac Ritchie found James Bertram-Smith for a touchdown on a fourth down play finishing off a 71-yard drive.

Jay Henderson Interception
(Above: Jay Henderson reaching for an interception)

The Exiles defense continued to stand strong after the touchdown with Nick Clifford and then Nick Mayer both notching interceptions.

Despite the defense's strong showing, the offense struggled to add to their slender lead despite putting together a number of good drives. The Exiles offense persistence finally paid off when running back Gabriel Quartey sprung for a 54-yard touchdown off a broken play to extend the lead to 14-0 and secure their fifth win of the season.

The Exiles had over 400 yards of total offense with QB Zac Ritchie passing for 235 yards and a touchdown and Quartey rushing for over 100 yards including his score.

Gabriel Quartey Rushing
(Above: Thunder defense struggling to hold Gabriel Quartey back)

Next up for the Exiles is a trip to division leaders Bury Saints, the only team to defeat Kent so far this season. The Exiles will be hoping to overturn the tables and continue their strong push for the playoffs.

Photos from the game can be viewed by clicking on the following link - Photo Gallery.

(Match report written by Andrew Bunting)

(News article published by Mark Lawrence)


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