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Another victory means play-offs for the Exiles!


The Kent Exiles guaranteed themselves post season football on Sunday with a comprehensive 38-6 victory over the Hertfordshire Cheetahs.

The day started well for the Exiles with a huge crowd of over 300 turning out to support the team and enjoy the festivities of the day which included the Football America Travelling Shop and much to the delight of the sun soaked crowd the @MagnersUK #Holdtrue travelling van which was giving away free chilled cider all day!

The day also started well on the pitch, with the Exiles taking the opening kick-off and driving down the field to score on a pass from Zac Ritchie to Colin Chislett. The defence then did their job well, Jay Selenkay and Joe Alexis making tackles to stop the Cheetahs and giving the ball back to Ritchie who immediately drove back downfield and found Sam Johnson for the touchdown from 16 yards out.

The Cheetahs started the 2nd quarter with a good drive which resulted in their only score of the day, but before the interval Ritchie found Ben Griffin in the endzone for the score, and once Ash Faiers had kicked the extra point the Exiles went into the locker room 19-6 up.

The second half saw the Exiles dominate the scoreboard, first rookie running sensation Gabriel Quartey took off on a 39 yard touchdown run for a 25-6 lead. Jay Henderson then notched his 10th interception of the season, setting up a long run by George Eghator who was stopped just yards from scoring. Ritchie then found Griffin again to finish the job and give the Exiles a 31-6 lead.

The Cheetahs next drive ended when Nick Mayer snagged his 5th interception of the season and returned it 41 yards. Only having to drive half the field Ritchie soon added another touchdown, this time to Alex Clifford. Faiers hit the point after for the final score of the game.

Chris Price then rounded out a good day for the Exiles, grabbing his first interception of the year to effectively end the game, when it was also announced that Joe Alexis had broken the Exiles single season tackles record by notching his 106th tackle, beating the record set by his uncle Aaron Alexis several years ago.

The Exiles had several outstanding performances on the day, Quartey rushed for 176 yards and a TD and Eghator added 76 more yards on the ground, whilst Adam Lillis and James Bertram-Smith both grabbed 6 receptions. Defensively Alexis led the way with 12 tackles, followed by Selenkay with 6 and Phil Dewhurst with 4 and a sack.

Cheetahs Final Score
(Above: Final Score = Exiles Play-off Football)

The Exiles now travel to the Solent Thrashers this Sunday, and will then be closely watching results in other games across the league to find out who, and where, they will be playing in the play offs on the 7th August.

(Match report written by Andrew Bunting)

We are always happy to hear from any coaches or players interested in joining the Exiles. We can be contacted via the club website, or by e-mailing

(News article published by Mark Lawrence)


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