|July 10, 2011||2:30 pm||BAFA NL II East||2011|
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The Spartans returned to winning ways with a dominant performance to sweep aside Divisional foes and old rivals Maidstone Pumas 50-0, executing an almost-perfect game in the process.
Looking to bounce back after defeat against Watford, the Spartans dominated every aspect of the game, scoring an incredible 7 touchdowns on their way to completing an undefeated home season in 2011.
The Spartans unveiled their new white kit for the visit of Maidstone, and with one eye on the next match against Kent Exiles, the coaching staff used this game as an ideal opportunity to cast their eyes over some of the reserve players on the deep Spartans roster.
While some of the Spartans galaxy of stars were rested, others grabbed their opportunity with both hands. Running back Oli Huke wasted no time in sending a message of intent, taking his very first carry as a Spartan and bulldozing his way through multiple Pumas to open the scoring with a powerful touchdown. With the Pumas requesting a running clock for the first half, the opening quarter ended with a score of 6-0 Essex.
With the Pumas struggling to make any impression on the game, the Spartans extended their lead in the second quarter. Quarterback James Dawson threw a scoring pass to offensive captain Jon Tottman, and with Andy Clarke converting, the home team were up 15-0.
The Spartans defense then helped themselves to a score – linebacker James White intercepting a wayward Pumas pass and running untouched into the endzone for the score. With Steven Hull converting, the Spartans were pulling away 23-0.
White wasn’t done. On the following kickoff, he forced and recovered a Pumas fumble, giving the home team excellent field position. And, with the running clock winding down, it took Steven Hull one play to weave his way through a stunned Pumas defense to give the Spartans a halftime lead of 28-0.
The clock reverted back to normal playing time in the second half, but while the Pumas spluttered and stumbled, the Spartans coasted. Ross Sauvage scored his first touchdown as a Spartan in the third quarter, hauling in a pass from Dawson to take the team into the final quarter leading 34-0.
Hull scored his second touchdown of the day, and with James Woodward converting, the Spartans were in cruise-control at 42-0. The final touchdown of the day went to Tottman, who mesmerised the Pumas defensive with a long run on a reverse, and with Woodward collecting his second conversion of the afternoon, the destruction was complete at 50-0.
Spartans Head Coach Marc Saunders said, “Today’s victory was much needed after our defeat at the hands of Watford. It gave us a chance to blow out the cobwebs and work on our execution.
“A good all-round performance which should set us up for our biggest challenge this year – the away trip to Kent Exiles.”
Five home games played. Zero loses. 194 points scored. 38 conceded. An undefeated regular season at home is now complete. Two away games remain. Only victory in both games will ensure the Division title, and home-field advantage in the playoffs.
The Spartans now turn their attentions to perhaps their biggest game of the season when they travel to face the Kent Exiles on Sunday, July 24th. Kickoff is scheduled for midday, and full directions and details can be found on the front page.
The Black Tide consumed the Pumas – now for the Exiles . . . . .
Day by day . . . .