Exiles complete double over Saxons
Peterborough Saxons 14-31 Kent Exiles
The Exiles traveled to RAF Alconbury, and spoiled the Saxons 4th July celebrations with a convincing victory.
Playing on the immaculate Alconbury pitch, the Saxons got off to a dream start, with a long drive ending in Ronnie Foster finding Dervan Alleyne with a pass from 7 yards out, and Nick Kay kicked the point after for a 7-0 lead.
|Stewart Muir - 2 TDs|
Following this somewhat surprising start, the Exiles started to stamp some authority on the game, immediately replying with a 44 yard pass from Aaron Griffiths to Sean Starwind, which set up Stewart Muir's 2 yard burst into the endzone. With regular kicker Richard McHugh unavailable, Starwind stepped up and his low kick was blocked.
With the Saxons next drive faltering the Exiles drove downfield once again, and Muir found the endzone for the second time, this time from 1 yard out. The two point conversion was stopped short of scoring, but the Exiles now held a 12-7 lead, which was not to be relinquished.
The Exiles rounded out the half with a 12 yard pass from Griffiths to Harry Innis, this time Starwind converted the point after.
Taking the ball in the second half the Exiles continued to threaten the Saxons goal line, but after reaching the 3 yard line a string of penalties forced Starwind to take the field to convert a 27 yard field goal.
Tackles from Marlon Smith, who was to lead the team with 10 on the day, and a Kerry Gray sack ended the Saxons next drive, and Griffiths then helped Starwind round off a great day (7 catches for 151 yards) with a 27 yard pass for the touchdown.
Now using the full rotation of their squad, the Exiles scored again when Starwind kicked a 38 yard field goal, before the Saxons scored late on with a 54 yard pass from Foster to Aaron Gepp to round out the scoring on the day.
Now sitting with 5 wins and 2 losses on the year, the Exiles face a tough road trip to the Ipswich Cardinals next week in a game which will show if their play-off aspirations are warranted. The fast improving Cardinals were beaten by the Exiles in the seasons opening game, but recently have improved greatly and are showing a late season run for the play-offs themselves.
Full details of the Exiles season can be found on the clubs website www.kentexiles.co.uk.Tweet