Exiles Commit Cardinal Sin
Ipswich Cardinals 13-6 Kent Exiles
Stewart Muir earned himself a player of the week nomination with his display
The Exiles travelled to Ipswich to take on the Cardinals for the first time this season, and came home after a lacklustre display left them tasting defeat once again.
The game started as a tense affair, with both teams starting to find yardage before being forced to punt the ball away. It was this exchange of possessions, and a strong wind, that led to the Cardinals first score as Brian Chaney broke a tackle and ran in from 29 yards out after the Cardinals started on a short field.
Later in the second quarter Cardinals quarterback Shane Rhoades found Byron Washington from 37 yards out for the second score of the day, Simon Clark booted the point after for the 13-0 lead at the half.
Some half time adjustments by the Exiles saw them come out in the second half and find some more room to work with, Stewart Muir found some running room on his way to 100 yards on 18 carries, and a nomination for the BAFL player of the week. But the Exiles could not break through, and only had a botched field goal attempt to show for their efforts as the quarter ran down.
It was as the fourth began that the Exiles got themselves back into the game when Matt Duncan ran in from 1 yard out for the touchdown, and set up a tense finish.
With the Exiles defence now dominating the Cardinals, Lloyd Giscombe leading the team in tackles against his old club, it was down to the offence to swing the game.
More mistakes plagued the unit though, a dropped certain touchdown pass being the most frustrating, and then two consecutive sacks by the Cardinals inside the two minute warning ended any last gasp hopes the Exiles had.
Following the game Exiles Head Coach James Mitchell commented "we've only got ourselves to blame for this defeat, we were just not at the races at all today. We've now got three games left to save our season, and hopefully have some post-season play".
The Exiles now have a week off before the first of three home games on the 23rd July, which is sure to be a feast of football, as they host both the youth and senior national champions as the London Warriors and London Olympians visit Crockenhill. Kick-offs are at 12noon and 4pm respectivly, and full details can be found on their website www.kentexiles.co.uk
Offence - Stewart Muir - Running Back
Defence - Mark Evans - Defensive Back
Special Teams - Sean Starwind - Wide Receiver
Selected Game Statistics
Matt Duncan - 6 of 29 for 56 yards, 1 int
Stewart Muir - 18 for 100 yards
Alan Hands - 4 for 15 yards
Matt Duncan - 6 for 14 yards, TD
Sean Starwind - 2 for 30 yards
Scott Shephard - 1 for 12 yards
Stewart Muir - 1 for 10 yards
Lloyd Giscombe - 6 tackles
Aaron Alexis - 5 tackles
Carl Alexis - 5 tackles
Paul Samartin - 4 tackles, 2 forced fumbles
Mark Evans - 1 int
Exiles - 185 (129 rushing, 56 passing)
Cardinals - 166 (102 rushing, 64 passing)