Farnham Knights

Knights lose game 2 to the National Champions

Having lost their opening game of the season away to the National Championship runners up in week 1 – things didn’t get any better for the Knights at the home of the National Champion London Warriors as they went down 62-8 in their second game in the Premier Division.

The first quarter saw the teams exchange possession before the Warriors took control and scoring 4 times for a 28-0 lead. It really looked like things could go horribly wrong for the Knights but as always the team showed resolve and didn’t drop their heads.

In fact in the 2nd quarter it was the Knights who scored first after a good stop by their defense – including a Jonathan Vince sack the visitors drove to the half way line – running back Kingsley Ejiogu followed some great blocking to burst clear for a 50yd touchdown run. Nick Roope ran in the 2 point conversion try and the score stood at 28-8

The Warriors hit back before half time finding room to both run and pass the Knights couldn’t stop the more experienced Londoners as they scored again – they did however defend the 2 point conversion try leaving the half time score at 34-8

The Warriors took advantage of their first possession to stretch the scoreline to 41-8 and despite a promising drive featuring some great running by RB Nick Roope the Knights stalled at the Warrior 40yd line. The subsequent Warrior passing touchdown signalled the end of the game for their starting QB Jerome Allen and the end of the game as a contest as the third quarter ended at 48-8 and the running clock rule came in to play for the 4th quarter.

The Knights took the chance to give some players on both sides of the ball their first taste of Premier level football in the shortened 4th period – despite giving up two further scores that experience may prove to be invaluable in the weeks to come. The Warriors ran out as winners 62-8 and the Knights move rapidly on to their third game, and their home opener, this week at Farnham Rugby Club against the 3rd placed Bristol Aztecs (Sunday 2.30pm kick off.

Head Coach Steve Rains said “We knew when we got the schedule that we had been handed a very difficult start to the season. Of course we had hoped to do better in both games but with some significant turnover in players from last season – getting new recruits into our systems – and stepping up our pace it has not all been bad.

In the Blitz game we improved over the 2nd half – in this game that improvement came in the 2nd quarter. The Warriors are a very good team and they have tremendous depth in their squad – when they go beyond their starters you don’t really notice much difference – at the moment that is not the case for us but our guys are learning and improving all the time.

Our season will not be judged on these two games – but on how we cope with the whole schedule. Results around the league suggest this is going to be a very tough year – but we are up for the challenge – no game will be easy”

OFFENSE: DEFENSE:
Passing: V Fedotov  3S 2A
D Hatcher 1S 3A
C Goodall 3A + 1Int
R Balderson 2S
C James 1S
A Gillard 1S
M Schmidt 1S
R Wills 1S
A Reid 1S
L Scott 1S
D Francis 1S
R Hedges 1A
L Bridcutt 1A
M Gumus 1A
M Rutter 1A
J Vince 1Sack
O De Ruyter 5 of 13 for 18yds  2Int
N Roope  0 of 1 for 0yds 1 Intt
Receiving:
H Carter 3 for 10yds
M Bradley-Banszki 2 for 8yds
Rushing
K Ejiogu  10 for 93yds 1TD
N Roope 7 for 24yds
A Sekwalor 8 for 12yds
O De Ruyter 1 for  11yds
O Thomas 2 for -7yds
A Head 1 for 0yds
KICK OFF RETURNS
N Roope 3 for 24yds
M Halton 1 for 13yds
H Carter 2 for 8yds
J Podger 1 for 0yds
PUNT  RETURNS
N Roope 1 for 0yds
OFFENSE TOTALS:
KNIGHTS:
Rushing 29 for 133yds  1TD
Passing 5 of 14 for  18yds 3Int
TOTAL 43 for  151yds  1TD

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