Farnham Knights

Warriors get the win as expected

Credit - Mark Sandom

Fixtures & Results

Date Venue   Opponent Result
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

The National Champion London Warriors extended their unbeaten run with a comfortable win against the Farnham Knights – but the Warriors didn’t get it all their own way as the Knights Defense sacked the visiting Quarterback 3 times. Two of those sacks came from Knights Junior Team graduate Josh Oakley while fellow Junior graduate Matt Williams led the tackle chart.

The game started as badly as it could for the Knights as the opening kick off was returned 85yds for a score by Josh Amis – Amis was with the Solent Thrashers last year and continues to be a dangerous kick return threat even at the top level – it was not his first score against the Knights in his career. The extra point kick was good and the score stood at 0-7.

The Knights had Nick Roope and (briefly) Kingsley Ejiogu back at running back to add to the threat of leading rusher Aaron Sekwalor – they moved the ball well in the initial dive – but with Ally Reid standing in for the injured 1st and 2nd string QB’s the Warriors stacked their defense against the run and the Knights were forced to punt.

An 8 play drive led to the visitors 2nd score and with the extra point they led 0-14

The Knights were forced to punt again on their next possession and then the Knights Defense made a great stand – led by Matt Williams, Jonathan Vince and Ben Monk – the Warriors turned the ball over after failing to make the required yards on 4th down.

An 8 play drive with strong running from Roope and Sekwalor saw the Knights reach the visitors 35 yard line – but on 3rd down with 3yds to go a huge sack saw Ally Reid tackled back at the 45yd line and the ball turned over to the Warriors after the Knights punt.

The Warriors put together a strong drive to end the quarter with another score which was converted 0-21

After a great 45yd kick off return from Stephen Godfrey the Knights started the second quarter in good field position but couldn’t make sustained progress and were forced to punt.

A 9 play drive saw the Warriors increase their lead to 0-28 with some excellent passing from Quarterback Nick Jaquet.

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[Picture credits for Alison Berrisford (AB) and Mark Sandom]

The Champions couldn’t make headway on their next drive and were in deep trouble as Josh Oakley returned the compliment sacking their Quarterback for a big loss. The ball turned over again to the Knights.

The Knights made progress – but again not enough to threaten the scoreboard or keep the drive alive.

This time the Warriors couldn’t be stopped and they found the endzone again and added a 2 point conversion run for a 0-36 lead.

Despite the scoreline the Knights kept at the task with Kingsley Ejiogu picking up good yardage – unfortunately on third down he suffered a recurrence of the injury that had kept him out of action for three games – the Knights punter was therefore back in action.

The Warriors just had time to add a further touchdown before half time – but their extra point fell short after being tipped by Tom “Pie Boy” Roberts. Half time 0-42

The Knights started the second half with their best drive of the day Nick Roope ran left for 5yds – on the second play he ran right before stopping and firing a 25yd pass to Stealey-J Wills. The Warriors defense stiffened and the home team were not able to punch it in for a touchdown – but Harry Carter stepped up and kicked a 34yd Field Goal to break the duck for the Knights 3-42

The Warriors looked to hit straight back – but after driving to the Knights 5yd line the home defense held strong – the Knights took over and after some fine defensive work by the visitors disaster struck for the Knights as their punt was returned for a touchdown – with the conversion the score stood at 3-49 as the final period started.

It was much of the same in the final period with both teams using the depth of their squads – the Warriors added one final score and the Knights must now work to get ready for the visit of the London Blitz.

Knights Head Coach Steve Rains said “We always knew this was going to be a tough one – it got tougher when we lost both of our Quarterbacks to injury last week. Ally Reid stepped in – which in turn weakened our defense – he played QB for us once last year and we had very little time to prepare him – nevertheless he did well and will get better.

It is great to see some of our young Junior graduates stepping up on the defense – we have been unlucky with injuries and absences this year but seeing those guys coming through bodes well for our future.

Despite this defeat the season is still very much alive – we are determined to keep our Premier Division status and that is in our hands over the remaining 4 games”

The Knights play next at home against the London Blitz on June 26th KO 2-30pm at Farnham RFC.

STATS
OFFENSE: DEFENSE:
Passing:  M Williams 3S 4A
B Monk 1S 6A
J Vince 2S 5A +0.5Sack
M Schmidt 1S 3A
C Goodall 3A
B Bashary 1S 2A
V Fedotov 3A
J Oakley 1S 2A + 2Sacks
K Goswell 1S 1A
D Ryans 1S
D Francis 1S
A Reid 1S
A Gillard 1A
T Roberts 1A
R Balderson 1A
J Tarrant 0.5Sack
 A Reid 2 of 12 for 7yds 1Int
N Roope 1 of 1 for 25yds
Receiving:
S Godfrey  2 for 7yds
S Wills 1 for 25yds
Rushing
N Roope 17 for 59yds
A Sekwalor 9 for 27yds
K Ejiogu 3 for 15yds
A Reid 1 for 12yds
J P Jones 1 for 1yd
A Head 1 for 0yds
M Halton 1 for -2yds
S Godfrey 1 for -10yds
 
 
KICK OFF RETURNS
S Godfrey 4 for 88yds
N Roope 3 for 42yds
PUNT  RETURNS
None
OFFENSE TOTALS:
KNIGHTS:
Rushing 34 for 102yds
Passing 3 of  13 for  32yds
TOTAL 47 for 134yds

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