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"Win, Win, Win" for Exiles Youth!

20-06-2016

The Kent Exiles Youth team were at home for their second tournament of the season, and kicked off this fixture with a match against the improving East Kent Mavericks. The Mavericks took the ball, and with the first play of the game, scored on a well judged pass, after a mix-up in the Exiles secondary.

The Exiles came out running, but found the EKM defence in stout mood, and the teams exchanged possession throughout the first half. The Exiles took to the air towards the end, and QB Conor Rumble found wideout Russell Oriunuta for the tying score just before the half.

After the break, the Exiles run game started to come to the fore, led by Theo Alexis, who made the hard yards all day. The Exiles blocking greatly improved after the re-start, and this sprung RB Joshua Quartey for the go-ahead score. Further great blocking from James Surallie, Alex Savine and Nathan Farmer gave the backfield more room, and as the game drew to a close, Quartey again sprinted down the field to score. The Exiles defence remained strong for the rest of the half, giving the Exiles the win, 18-6.

The next game for the Exiles was their first ever meeting with the Wembley Stallions, and this time the Exiles offence started quickly, with Josh Quartey again opening the scoring, the PAT converted by rookie Connor Gannon, following a pass from Connor Weeden. The Exile defence, led by NT Sean Lewis, ably backed up by Luke Martin, Alfie West, Harrison Hill and Jess Ferguson, effectively stifled the Wembley offence, and the Kent scored again, this time Sean Lewis forcing a fumble in the Wembley end-zone, and pouncing on the loose ball.

On their next drive, the Exiles run game came to the fore again, strong running by Andrew Bews setting up Quartey again to score the TD. This time the PAT pass was caught by another rookie, Aronne Duncan.

YOUTH GAME 2

After the break, the Stallions came out with purpose, and scored on a long pass themselves, and with the 2pt PAT, closed the gap. The Exile offence was not finished however, as again behind great blocking, with Jay Vijayshankar to the fore, Russell Oriunuta hauled in another great catch to extend the lead. The Exile defence held firm as they started to use the bench, and there was one final score, this time Sedier Al-Kiar taking the catch to end the scoring 32-8 in favour of the Kent side.

The Exiles last game was against their old rivals, the London Warriors. This was a very tough, hard-hitting affair, and both defences were on top initially. However, after a Warrior interception, caused by the Exiles being aggressive on offence, they gained excellent field position, and the Exile D could not keep the Warriors out for the first score of the match.

Defences remained on top for the rest of the half, and the Warriors turned around at the half 6-0 up. Again at the restart, defences came to the fore, but this time, the Exiles D, after pressuring the QB, came up with an interception by LB Luke Martin, who returned the ball to score. A fabulous twisting, stretching catch from Russell Oriunuta secured the PAT score, and the Exiles were ahead. The Warriors almost hit back immediately with a strong run game, and sprung a RB with the sideline at his mercy. However, he hadn't reckoned without Alfie West, who made a superb open field tackle to stop the Warriors dead in their tracks.

With time running out, and the Warriors looking to stretch the field, Sean Lewis escaped his blocker, and forced a fumble from the QB. Reacting quickest, Lewis sprinted to recover the ball, and made the few yards into the endzone. This was the last play of the game, the Exiles running out 13-6 winners.

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Exile HC Julius Hobbs said, "This was a very tough day of football, and credit must go to all of the teams for the great skill and commitment they showed. Our experience just helped us through, and we are now in a very strong position going forward. We still have a lot of work to do, but I am very proud of my players, and the tenacity and desire they showed all day. Everybody contributed, and today was a whole team effort. There is still plenty to work on, but we must be very happy with our work today."

He continued, "I'd like to also thank all of the people who came to support and help us, to the referees who came to officiate, and who made such a difference, and also to the medical staff who looked after all of the injured players. We can now go forward with confidence, to what may be a very tough fixture at EKM, but I am sure we will give a very good account of ourselves."

(Match report written by Exiles Youth Head Coach, Julius Hobbs)

For upcoming Youth fixtures, please click on the following link - Exiles Youth Schedule

For any further information or to find out how you can get involved, please feel free to contact us at contactus@kentexiles.co.uk

(News article published by Mark Lawrence)

 

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