Thursday, 22 November 2012

UEA Pirates - LSBU Spartans Game Report

by Joe Boon

The chance for revenge awaited the UEA Pirates on Sunday as they took to a sun drenched Colney Lane to clash with the LSBU Spartans in their second fixture of the season. Last year the Spartans inflicted a shock defeat upon the Pirates and sent them back home from London bloodied, crestfallen and disappointed by their failure to play to their potential in a 21-8 loss. Would 2012 see a change of fortunes?

After winning the toss the Spartans elected to receive the kick-off and only managed to return to the 40yard line after strong tackling by the Pirates kick-off team. Stout defense against the run saw minimal yards for the Spartans and the ball was soon in the hands of the UEA offense, which exploded into action on their first play of the day, running back Chris Carson running the ball through the middle of the LSBU defense for a spectacular 60 yard touchdown. K Steve Omanyondo failed to convert the PAT and the ball was returned by the Spartans from the kickoff who were once again held at the 40yard line. The Pirates D continued to dominate with LB Piers Harrison-Reid sacking the Spartans QB Timothee Liechti for a loss of 8 yards forcing the punt and returning the ball to Pirate hands.

The Pirates running game continued to execute with precision, Carson soon adding his second and third touchdowns. K Steve Omanyondo making amends for his earlier miss with a successful PATs. The LSBU Spartans having exhausted their running options turned to the pass and began attacking passing lanes in earnest only to see UEA Overall MVP Misha Brooks grab an interception returning it for 30 yards to set up another Pirates attack.

After receiving the ball at the start of the second quarter the Pirates Offiense immediately continue to assert itself, with RB’s Rory Tovell, Joseph Van der Merwe and Matt Ball adding further scores. The Pirates D continued to shutdown the LSBU offense with Misha Brooks adding a second interception, until a spectacular play by Daniel Gyimah saw the Spartans score a touchdown. Gyimah continued to be a thorn in the side of the Pirates making further receptions and adding a second touchdown until he was contained by defensive adjustments. The first half ending 39-12

The Second half saw UEA tighten their defense, LB’s Steve Omanyondo and Tom Whipps ensuring the Spartans ground game was stopped at source while an interception from Defensive Captain Joe Boon kept the Spartans from putting any points on the board. On the Pirates side of the ball a raft of rookies gained experience coming on and making some big plays but sadly failing to put any points on the board, the final score standing at 39-12 as the two sides drew eachother into a second half stalemate.

This second victory saw the Pirates go 2-0 for the season, with their next game away to the Canterbury Chargers (1-1).

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