Farnham Knights

Knights celebrate 30 years with another Win

Credit Mark Sandom

Fixtures & Results

Date Venue   Opponent Result
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 celebrated their 30th season in British American Football with a home win against a Warriors team who defeated them by 2 points in the away fixture – that was the game where both the Farnham starting QB and his back up were lost for the season – it was fitting therefore that 3rd QB Ally Reid showed what a difference game time and practice makes as he put in a great performance with both the passing and running attack.

The new generation of Knights may have felt some pressure as players and coaches from throughout the clubs history swelled the crowd – they included the original Knights Head Coach Marc Salazar and the second HC Frank Snyder – both former USAF personnel who had flown in specifically for the 30 year celebrations from the USA.

Things got off to a great start as Stephen Godfrey returned the opening kick off 65yds to set the Knights up in great field position. Star Running Back Aaron Sekwalor (who would have a stellar day running in a TD – passing for a TD and making 2 clutch pass receptions) carried the ball to the 3yd line – from where his backfield partner Nick Roope ran in the Knights first score. Roope then ran in the first of his four 2 point conversions for a Knights early 8-0 lead.

Picture credits to Mark Sandom

Picture credits to Mark Sandom

The Warriors, who were fighting for a chance to finish 3rd in the League, hit straight back with a powerful running attack they scored on a five play drive – but their extra point kick was wide of the posts 8-6

The Knights opened their next drive with a 35yd pass from Ally Reid to Michael Bradley-Banzski but the Warriors defense dug in and the home team were forced to punt the ball away.

The Warriors were making progress despite some great work from Lloyd Scott who led the Knights in tackling on the day – on their 8th play however they went to the air and a spectacular diving interception by Ash Lee James saw the ball back in the Knights hands.

The Knights pounded the ball on the ground with Sekwalor, Roope and Reid all making first down yardage – with the visitors now concentrating on the run Aaron Sekwalor took the hand off – set himself and the a 15yd scoring pass to Stealy-J Wills. Roope added the 2 point conversion 16-6 as the first quarter ended.

Picture credits to Mark Sandom

Picture credits to Mark Sandom

The second quarter turned in to a defensive battle with Lloyd Scott, Max Schmidt and Jonathan Vince standing out for the Knights – the highlight of the period however was a run from Bart Bashary (Knights stand in Punter) after the snap went over his head – he picked up the ball and scampered the required distance for a first down breaking tackles along the way.

The Knights offense stalled in the third quarter and the Warriors took advantage by running in a Touchdown and a 2 point conversion that put them within 2 points – 16-14

The home Defense however held the Warriors at bay and as the fourth quarter started Ally Reid hit Michael Bradley-Banzski for a dazzling 54yd catch and run Touchdown – Nick Roope ran in the 2point conversion and the Knights had breathing room again at 24-14

The Knights Defense held firm on the next drive and Ally Reid found his favourite target for the day Bradley-Banzski for a 45yd gain that set up Aaron Sekwalor for a 3yd scoring run – Roope added the extra 2 points and the Knights were comfortably ahead 32-14

The game then turned into a Defensive festival with Lloyd Scott securing the sack he needed to break the long standing Knights single season record. Bart Bashary ended the Warriors next drive with an interception and when the Warriors got the ball back Ash Lee James recorded his second interception of the day to effectively end the game.

For Head Coach Steve Rains this was his 100th Regular Season win as the Knights Head Coach – watched over by Marc Salazar and Frank Snyder who gave him his first coaching role back in 1988.

Steve said “This was a great win on an important day for the club. Our guys wanted to show the past generations of Knights that the foundation they laid has built a strong programme and they did that – so too did our Junior team who had a great win against the Nottingham Caesers in the game before ours.

We will now prepare for our final game against the London Olympians away on the 31st and try to keep this mini win streak going”

Marc Salazar and Frank Snyder said ” It was just fantastic for us to be here and see 30 years on that what we helped to create while we were over here on military service has turned into an organisation that has positively affected the lives and families of all of the people involved in this club”

Picture credits to Mark Sandom

Picture credits to Mark Sandom

Passing: L Scott 3S 12A  + 1Sack
J Vince 4S 5A
M Schmidt 8A + 0.5 Sack
V Fedotov 1S 6A
T Roberts 1S 6A
Ash Lee James 1S 6A + 1FR + 2Int
R Hedges 1S 5A
B Monk 6A
B Bashary 4S 1A + 1Int
D Francis 1S 4A
A Gillard 2S
A Head 2A
R Balderson 2A
K Goswell 2A
C Giblett  1S 1A + 0.5 Sack
C James 1S + 1FF
S Corcoran 1S
A Ferreira 1A
J Thornton 1A
 A Reid 10 of 17 for 194yds 1TD
A Sekwalor 1 of 1 for 15yds 1TD
M Bradley-Banzski  5 for 151yds 1TD
S Godfrey 2 for 15yds
A Sekwalor 2 for 13yds
S Wills 1 for 15yds 1TD
J Edwards 1 for 15yds
A Sekwalor 18 for 84yds 1TD
N Roope 7 for 29yds 1TD
A Head 4 for 19yds
R St Hilaire 2 for 44yds
JP Jones 2 for 16yds
A Reid 2 for 14yds
B Bashary 1 for 7yds
S Godfrey 2 for 95yds
N Roope 1 for 25yds
Rushing 36 for  213yds
Passing 11 of  18 for  209yds
TOTAL 54 for 422yds
Picture credits to Mark Sandom

Picture credits to Mark Sandom



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