|July 23, 2016||7:00 pm||BAFA NL SFC II East||2016|
7 - 23Full Time
The Essex Spartans American Football seniors took their second victory of the 2016 season over the Ipswich Cardinals on Saturday night, beating them 23-7.
A solid opening drive from Essex fell just short of the red zone on the fourth down, but was quickly overturned when #16 Joe Trigg caught his second interception in as many games. The Spartans still struggled to break through the Ipswich defense and the first quarter ended 0-0.
In the second #24 Dwayne Ferdinand was two yards short of the end zone following a 15-yard run when the Spartans were flagged for holding. Spartans #52 Tom Kitchen scored a field goal on the fourth down to give the Spartans a three-point edge, soon outdone by Spartans Oli Huke with a touchdown and conversion from Kitchen.
Ferdinand then re-captured the ball for a TD in the last minutes of the half, seeing off the first half with a comfortable lead of 16-0; the Spartans highest lead at half-time for the season.
The second half started in dramatic fashion as a backwards pass was picked up from the ground by unsuspecting defensive rookie #33 Ollie Brookes, who turned and ran to the end zone for his first TD in his first season. A swift one-point conversion from Kitchen gave the Spartans their winning score of 23 points halfway through the third quarter.
Ipswich had late consolation as they took advantage of an unmarked man and ran the ball for forty yards, along with a kick conversion. A strong performance from Spartans #81 Ryan Lines in later stages of the game almost saw an increase in points for the home side, but the Saturday night thriller ended a respectable 23-7 in favour of Essex.
The Spartans return to training this Sunday in Tilbury ahead of their final game of the season against bitter rivals London Hornets, at home at Thurrock Rugby Club on Sunday 7th August.