Farnham Knights

Farnham Knights Juniors’ 2nd Defeat of 2016

Credit - Mark Sandom

Fixtures & Results

Date Venue   Opponent Result
12 Jun, 12:00 pm H Birmingham Lions 12 - 49
26 Jun, 12:00 pm H Buckinghamshire Wolves 46 - 8

After their opening day victory at the Buckinghamshire Wolves, the Knights have now lost their first home game after losing away to the Nottingham Caesars 12-30 on 25th May.

It was the Birmingham Lions, last season’s Championship runners up and 4th best the previous year, who were the visitors last Sunday. The Lions are tipped by many to win it all this year and were the Knights recognised pre-season danger team.

The Lions received the opening kick-off and they were soon in the Knights red zone, after a great kick return and some good runs. A quick pass to the receiver on a screen play was nearly disrupted by the Knights but some missed tackles and quick feet saw the Lions strike first. The touchdown was converted and the Lions led after 6 plays 00-07. The Knights Offence didn’t settle as early, with high snaps causing loss of yards and the need to punt the ball away. The Knights Defence however then caused a quick turnover on downs giving the ball back to their Offence deep in their own half. Now the Knights Offence showed what they were capable of. With the help of a few key Lions penalties, the Knights took the ball 80 yards with a mixture of pass and run plays culminating in a Jamie Anchor QB sneak from short yardage for the touchdown. The extra point attempt failed and the score was now Knights 06-07 Lions early in the 2nd quarter.

After another good Lions kick return, it took only 3 plays for the Lions to extend their 1 point lead with a long run play littered with missed tackles by Farnham. The extra point was again kicked and the Lions now led 06-14.

Three quick changes of possession followed with pass incompletions the main cause for the Knights and penalties again for the Lions. After a great 60 yard punt from the Knights, another Lions penalty pinned them inside their own 15 yard line. Unfazed the Lions QB threw a deep 80 yard completion for a punishing touchdown over poor coverage which was again converted for a 06-21 lead into halftime.

The Knights Coaches emphasised that everyone now knew they could score on the Lions but also how crucial it was to tackle effectively on Defence and cut out the mistakes on Offence if Farnham were to come back and win in the second half.

Farnham received the kick off to start the half and after a long drive from the Knights stalled, the Lions Offence took over and drove deep into Knights territory. The Lions QB was looking to strike but threw under Knights pressure. Up leapt Charlie Knight to intercept and return the ball 70 yards for the Knights touchdown. The extra point run failed as the Lions lead was cut to 12-21. The Lions went to work on Offence grinding out big chunks of yardage as the Knights failed to make tackle after tackle but they managed to stop them short taking over on Offence as the 3rd quarter ended 12-21.

The Lions held on Defence too, forcing the Knights to punt early in the 4th quarter. A great punt return put the Lions inside the Knights 20 yard line and 4 plays later it was another Lions converted touchdown to extend their lead to 12-28. The Knights tried to get back in the game with time running out inside their own half but the Lions Offence took over on downs and one play later ran in again making the score 12-35. Another turnover on downs followed as did another running touchdown from the Lions through poor Knights tackling. With the score rapidly getting away from the Knights at 12-42 yet more dropped passes gave the ball back to the Lions Offence in Knights territory and it wasn’t long before they completed the scoring as the game ended Knights 12 Lions 49.

Head Coach Richard Scott said after the game “After all the preparation and hard work, we just never showed up today and did what we were supposed to do. As Coaches we can’t legislate for a lot of what happened today. However we still have the opportunity to make this a successful season and finish by winning 4 of our 6 games making the playoffs”.

There were some great efforts worth mentioning though, with Sas Sarreshteh and Charlie Knight earning the Offensive and Defensive MVP’s respectively.

The Farnham Knights Juniors will look to get 2016 back on track as they host the Buckinghamshire Wolves on Sunday 26th June at Farnham Rugby Club, kick off at noon.

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