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Exiles Juniors Mauled by Lions


It was just after 8 on Sunday morning and the young Exiles were boarding a coach ready to make the 320-mile round trip to face an undefeated Birmingham Lions side. The Exiles went into the game knowing that a victory would put their fate for the season firmly back in their hands, while the Lions could lock up a playoff spot with a win.

The game didn’t start well for the Exiles who conceded a penalty on kick off leaving them backed up inside their 10, this was followed up with a holding penalty on the 1st play putting them on their own 3 yard line to start the game. The Lions defence took full opportunity of the situation scoring a safety giving them a 2-0 lead.

It was now time for the Lions offence to take the field who wasted no time in moving the ball forward showcasing their ferocious, multi-faceted run game. Scoring on their opening drive with a quarterback run to make the score 9-0, it might have been more if it wasn’t for linebacker Harrison Hill chasing down a running back to make a big tackle; score at the end of the 1st quarter 9-0.

The 2nd quarter started to yield some benefits for the Exiles side with cornerback Regan Alexis getting an interception on the defensive side of the ball. Meanwhile the Exiles began to move the ball forward offensively with receiver Lewis Kirby displaying some serious skill to follow the flight of the ball and work back round his defender to catch a pass from quarterback Joe Bennett whilst falling; which would be ruled incomplete (It was definitely a catch)! However the Exiles defence couldn’t seem to stop the Lions attack; with the Lions adding 2 more rushing TDs in the quarter to take the score up to 22-0 at the half.

Some words of inspiration from injured captain Tom Lee and head coach Aaron Alexis sent the Exiles back out fired up to kick off the 2nd half. The team came out firing with Theo Alexis forcing the ball out with a huge hit on the kick return; kicker Gareth Norman falling on the ball to recover it around halfway.

The Exiles offense managed to move the ball forward including a QB Sneak on 3rd and Inches; the offense had to punt which bounced out of bounds inside the Lions 10-yard line. Lions QB was picked off on the ensuing drive by a diving safety Daniel Raeburn and the offense was able to put up the Exiles only points of the afternoon with QB Liam Trundley connecting with WR Kaan Aray on the short TD pass.

The 4th quarter was a mired one featuring some of the games most heated moments, and plenty of penalties for both sides culminating with an Exile being ejected for throwing a punch and a Lion luckily escaping the eyes of the referees with a kick. The Exiles defence continued to show their capabilities with safety Gareth Norman gaining his 3rd Interception of the season and linebacker Nathan Wilson causing a fumble in his 1st game back with the team, recovered by safety Daniel Raeburn.

Even all of this couldn’t keep the Lions Offense out of the end zone and a deep pass beat the Exiles secondary for a 30 yard TD pass. With both of the Exiles QBs going down with injuries leading to receiver Callum O’Neill coming in as QB to finish off the game in which he threw 2 picks but included a fine pair of QB scrambles for around 40 yards total gain. Final Score 28-6 to the Birmingham Lions

The Exile’s season is not over but it is a serious uphill struggle for the side to attempt to retain their National Title. Their fate remains in their hands and to turn this season around they next host Black County Vipers at The Beaverwood Club where we would greatly appreciate your support.

Match Report by Daniel Raeburn


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