Farnham Knights

Knight lose more than the Game

Credit Simon King (www.simongking.com) Credit Simon King

Fixtures & Results

Date Venue   Opponent Result
17 Apr, 2:30 pm A London Blitz 42 - 6
01 May, 2:30 pm A London Warriors 62 - 8
08 May, 3:00 pm H Bristol Aztecs 38 - 39
22 May, 2:30 pm H London Olympians 36 - 0
05 Jun, 2:30 pm A South Wales Warriors 30 - 28
12 Jun, 2:30 pm H London Warriors 3 - 56
26 Jun, 2:30 pm H London Blitz 8 - 64
03 Jul, 2:30 pm A Bristol Aztecs 51 - 55
17 Jul, 2:30 pm H South Wales Warriors 32 - 14
31 Jul, 2:30 pm A London Olympians 0 - 0

The Knights just can’t get a break – well not the right sort – after losing recently by 1 point to the Bristol Aztecs this week they lost by 2 points but more importantly lost both of their Quarterbacks to season ending injury Oli DeRuyter (Knee) and Jacob Nunnerley (Broken leg).

Things started well for the Knights as their defense closed down the opening possession of the Welsh Warriors. Aaron Sekwalor led the rushing attack again with Nick Roope and Kingsley Ejiogu still not available – the Warriors slowed the Knights progress but on 3rd down Sekwalor threw a half back pass for a stunning 54yd catch and run to Stealy-J Wills. Jacob Nunnerley ran in the 2 point conversion and the Knights led 0-8.

The Knights Defense were in fine form with Matt Williams – another Junior Team product – leading the tackling. The teams exchanged possessions – the Warriors clearly well prepared for the Knights power running game – and the quarter ended with no further scoring.

The Home team found their offensive feet in the 2nd Quarter and with the Knights running game pinned down they added two touchdowns to lead 12-8 after both conversion attempts were blocked. With 2 minutes remaining in the half the Knights went to the air and proved that, whilst preferring to run they can also pass the ball.

Stealey-J Wills the Knights leading receiver for the past 2 seasons had been having a quiet season so far in 2016 – but he exploded into action along with fellow speedster Stephen Godfrey. Godfrey hauled in a 40yd pass to set the Knights up at the Warriors 4yd line – from there QB Oli DeRuyter found Stealey-J Wills for his second touchdown of the day. Nunnerleys 2 point attempt was stopped and the Knights led 12-14.

With a minute and 30 seconds to go the Knights hoped to take that lead into the break – but some excellent work by the Warriors Special Teams on the kick off return saw them in position to score their third touchdown in the quarter and take an 18-14 lead in to the locker room (the 2 point conversion attempt failed)

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Credit Simon King (www.simongking.com)

The Knights continued their uncharacteristic aerial attack in the second half – Wills tying a club record that dates back to 2003 with 10 receptions on the day. The Knights defense however scored first in the half following a huge sack from Jonathan Vince the Warriors were forced to punt – a poor snap resulted in the punter downing the ball in the endzone for a 2point safety and an 18-16 scoreline.

The Knights got the ball back in good field position and DeRuyter engineered a drive to the Warriors 6yd line from where Scott Spearink followed some crushing blocks to put the Knights back into the lead 18-22. Jacob Nunnerleys 2 point pass was deflected.

The teams again changed possession with the Knights Defense recording 2 more Sacks from Vasily Fedotov and a shared effort from Steve Price and Lloyd Scott – that half sack puts Scott within half a sack of the clubs season record. There was no further scoring in the quarter.

The Warriors dug deep and gradually achieved better field position – despite the Knights best efforts a dropped interception opportunity was punished as the home team scored to go back in front 24-22 with still no successful conversion for the Warriors.

The Warriors closed down the Knights passing attack on the next drive and QB Oli DeRuyter decided to run to try to keep the drive alive – a crunching tackle at knee height brought him to a stop and, sadly, appears to have ended his season with a serious knee injury.

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Credit – Rob Drummer

The Knights punted and the Warriors took the ball on a patient drive to another passing touchdown and a 24-30 lead. Realising that one point would put the game beyond the visitors (given the limited time left in the game) they attempted an extra point kick – but pressure from the Knights Defense led to the kick going wide.

Jacob Nunnerley – playing in only his second game since graduating from the Junior Team took over as QB. His first pass was incomplete – on second down he decided to run – making it to the safety of the sideline after a 5yd gain that should have been the end of the play – but he was hit late out of bounds suffering a broken leg in the process. The resulting penalty was no real compensation for the Knights who had lost both QB’s for the season.

Ally Reid – who was the 2nd string QB last year – stepped in and the Knights went back to their tried and trusted ground game. Reid ran for 15yds then Aaron Sekwalor followed some outstanding blocking as the Knights powered down the field to his 15yd scoring run.

The score stood at 28-30 – the Knights have a high success rate on 2 point conversions – but Nick Roope, Paul Wakeford and Jacob Nunnerley who regularly score those points were not available. Ally Reid therefore had to step in and unfortunately for the Knights a poor exchange with the Center saw the ball fumbled and recovered by the Warriors.

The score stood at 28-30 and with time running out the Warriors were able to run out the clock to secure their home win.

Head Coach Steve Rains said “We have been quiet about the injuries and non-availability that we have suffered this year – nobody wants to hear excuses and its not our way – but this really puts us in a hole.

Ally can of course take the role for the rest of the season – but that weakens our Defense so we will try to find a stand in QB if we can. The team did really well today under the circumstances – I think our Defense has stepped it up and anyone reading that we gained more in the air than on the ground will be shocked – so that’s progress.

We wish Oli and Jacob all the best – they will be back next year – now we have to dig in and show true Knights spirit to finish the season and do enough to keep our Premier Division status – work starts on that right now – we don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves”

The Knights are at home on Sunday – against current National Champions the London Warriors who beat them earlier in the season. KO 2-30pm Farnham Rugby Club

Passing: M Williams 3S 4A
B Monk 1S 6A
D Francis 3S 3A
V Fedotov 1S 5A + 1Sack
J Vince 1S 5A + 2Sacks
M Schmidt 6A
C Goodall 4S
S Price 4A + 0.5Sack
L Scott 4A + 0.5Sack
J Oakley 1S 3A
T Roberts 3A
D Ryans 3A
K Goswell 2S
R Balderson 2A
B Bashary 2A
S Spearink 1S
A Gillard 1S +1FR
C Giblett 1A
M Gumus 1A
JP Jones 1A
B Hunt 1FR
O De Ruyter 15 of 37 for 210yds  2ITD 1Int
A Sekwalor 1 of 1 for 54yds 1TD
J Nunnerley 0 of 2 for 0yds
A Reid 0 of 2 for 0yds
S Wills 10 for 169yds 2TD
S Godfrey 4 for 93yds
JP Jones 1 for 4yds
J Chilvers 1 for -2yds
A Sekwalor 19 for 145yds 1TD
A Reid 1 for 15yds
S Godfrey 1 for 14yds
S Spearink 3 for 10yds 1TD
M Halton 1 for 1yd
S Godfrey 6 for 109yds
Rushing 25 for 185ds  2TD
Passing 16 of 42 for 264yds 2TD
TOTAL 67 for  449yds  4TD



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