|June 20, 2015||7:00 pm||BAFA NL II South||2015|
|London Blitz B||14||Loss|
14 - 38Full Time
In an emotionally-charged evening held up in honour of the late Tony Palmer, the Essex Spartans returned to winning ways on Saturday night against the London Blitz B team.
A thrilling first half saw wide receiver #19 Ashton Lord receive a catch in the fourth down and run 30 yards into the end zone to put the Spartans ahead early.
An on-field altercation between several players on both sides led to the early ejection of Blitz #8 for unnecessary roughness at the end of the first quarter.
#22 Ray Shaahu converted a retrieved fumble into the second touchdown of the game, and his first of three throughout the game. O-Lineman Rob Downes suffered a collision and was attended to on the pitch, but walked off unaided following brief treatment.
Spartans Linebacker Jamie Wass was also affected shortly after following a heavy tackle and was attended on the pitch for a suspected arm injury. Both Downes and Wass were eventually able to play in the second half and were not seriously hurt.
It was Ray Shaahu to the rescue again just before the break after battling off several Blitz defenders to run 40 yards to bring it home, ending the first half 18 – 0 to the home side.
Wide Receiver Joe Parsons #87 made the catch of the season 5 yards from the end zone shortly after kick-off into the second half, scoring his fourth touchdown in as many games. A successful conversion from rookie RB Ben Brown put the Spartans in front 26 – 0.
The Blitz tailed off considerably and tailback Nick Walter #21 took advantage of superb blocking at the 10 to run home another touchdown, extending the lead to 32 – 0.
London Blitz finally came out of the gate in the dying moments of the 3rd quarter, when Blitz #5 charged through regrettable gaps in the Spartan defence to blot the whitewash.
On the first play of the 4th quarter a fumbled hand off saw Ray Shaahu recover the ball and somehow avoided multiple tacklers to run the ball in for a TD and make his hat-trick for the night.
Spartans #16 Joe Trigg knocked down a pass and suffered a collision with Blitz #23, but both seemed well following brief treatment. Another altercation saw Spartans scorer Walter ejected from the game for a late hit out of bounds.
Determined not to go down without a fight, the Blitz ran home one last touchdown before the final whistle to end the Tony Palmer Memorial Game 38 – 14 in favour of the home side.
The Spartans return to training this week and will take on the London Hornets in Regents Park on Sunday 5th July.