Essex Spartans vs. Maidstone Pumas


Date Time League Season
April 20, 2014 2:30 pm BAFA NL II South Central 2014


Maidstone Pumas0Loss
Essex Spartans69Win
0 - 69
Full Time


The Essex Spartans got their home season off to a perfect start with 69 unanswered points against The Maidstone Pumas.

The Spartans opened the scoring on the very first drive, Craig Willis scoring the first of what would turn out to be a hat-trick of touchdowns. On a wet day, the Spartans ran the ball for a total of 7 offensive touchdowns, with Tom Woods adding two scores to his touchdown on debut last week. Zach Davies and Tom Ward also opened their accounts for the season in only their second game.

On the other side of the ball, the Spartans defence were also dominant, led by linebacker Harry Shelton who made a total of 8 tackles. There was also a touchdown for lineman Billy Swick, who had seen a score ruled out the previous week for celebration. Brothers Ernest Owusu and Norris Owusu both returned a Maidstone punt for a touchdown, with Ernest also returning a missed field goal for a touchdown, rounding out an 11-score rout.

Head Coach Sean Benton said “After last week’s difficult loss I challenged the players to cut out the errors and they responded. This win sends out a real message to the other teams in our division that we’re here to play football and capable of winning games. We now have two weeks of practice to prepare for our next two matches, the second of which is our ‘Battle for the Bridge’ game against local rivals Kent Exiles”

Earnest Owusu said “It’s fantastic to start our home season with a big win. Conditions were tricky but we kept our intensity up and were rewarded with a big win. It wasn’t a perfect performance, but we know as players what we need to work on over the coming weeks to be ready for the next challenge.”

The Essex Spartans return to action at home to London Hornets on May 11th.