LONDON BLITZ FARNHAM

LONDON BLITZ FARNHAM

Apart from the sunny weather, the first home game of the season for the Farnham Knights wasn’t a joyful one as they faced a well organised London  Blitz team focussed on remaining undefeated on the season.

After the Knights’ 38-yard field goal attempt failed on the game’s first series, the Blitz took over and controlled the rest of the game. Going 79 yards in four plays on their first possession, London finished with a touchdown catch by Sam Rogers and took an 8-0 lead on a Gabriel Quartey two-point after conversion.

Farnham couldn’t keep pace with a powerful London offense that simply marched on despite seeing a touchdown called back for a holding penalty. It was of no consequence; Aaron Linley hauled in a fourth down pass for the score and with a successful point after attempt, London led 15-0.

Glen Mbeleg-Toonga powered through Farnham tackles for the third London score while constant pressure on Farnham’s quarterback saw his passes fall incomplete or penalised for intentional grounding.

While Farnham were experiencing a torrent time in the second quarter, London’s Rogers caught another touchdown pass before the Blitz turned to a ground game that just rolled over their opponent. A drive of 88 yards was completed with a Quartey touchdown that increased London’s advantage.

The final drive of the first half saw Farnham string some passes together and finish with a touchdown catch from #88 for a 36-7 score line.

The second half mirrored the first with Farnham missing a field goal before Quartey ran in his second and third touchdowns. When Farnham did manage to put Blitz quarterback Josh Adamson under pressure, he evaded the rush to run in for a score.

As Farnham began to take to the air in an attempt to play catch up, the inevitable interception interrupted their plans with James Draper returning it for a London touchdown.

Farnham finished the scoring with #89 catching a touchdown pass, but it was no consolation for a team thoroughly outplayed in their 64-14 defeat. The Blitz handed out a lesson in football on both sides of the ball, but it is the running of Quartey that stands out. Around 180 yards rushing with three touchdowns left an impression in the afternoon sunshine that football fans at the game would have enjoyed.

BAFA HIGHLIGHTS

The London Warriors beat the Bury Saints 41-17 to stay one game behind their Capital City rivals in the Premiership South.

The Tamworth Phoenix rose above the Merseyside Nighthawks 51-21 in the top of the Premiership North clash and now sit atop of the division at 3-0.

In the SFC 2 West, the Cornish Sharks (based in Newquay) took a sweet 51-6 triumph over local rivals Torbay Trojans to stay on top of the division. The results of their next two games against the (3-0) Bristol Apache should go some way to deciding who will be division champions.

The (5-0) Sussex Thunder continued their winning ways with a second victory (26-14) over the (2-2) Oxford Saints. The Thunder roared into a 26-0 lead before the Saints hit back with two late scores. The Thunder’s 26-14 success consolidated their position at the top of the SFC1 Central.

The (4-0) Nottingham Caesars’ 33-13 defeat of the (0-3) Birmingham Bulls combined with the (2-1) Leicester Falcons 31-13 win over the (3-1) Sandwell Steelers saw Nottingham sit on top of the NFC 1 South.

At the moment, the NFC 1 North belongs to the (4-0) Manchester Titans who beat the (1-3) Doncaster Mustangs 67-20. Despite the Mustangs scoring on the first play of the game, the Titans shook off the shock to roll to a big victory. Eloise Walsh made her debut for the Titans as their first female player.

In the NFC 2 Central, the (4-0) Leeds Bobcats overwhelmed the (0-3) Knottingley Raiders 62-6 while the (4-0) Gateshead Senators held off the (2-3) Walney Terriers with a 27-12 triumph.

Gordon Dedman

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