|July 27, 2014||2:30 pm||BAFA NL II South Central||2014|
32 - 28Full Time
The Essex Spartans won a thrilling and close encounter against the Ipswich Cardinals 32-28
The game started in perfect fashion for the Spartans, with Ernest Owusu returning the opening kick-off for a touchdown. After conceding a 2-point safety, the Spartans scored again, running back Zac Davies with an 87-yard score. The Cardinals pulled a touchdown back, but Antony Yeboah restored the Spartans advantage with a 6 yard rushing touchdown. After another Ipswich score, Zac Davies scored again, for a 25-16 half-time lead.
On a pleasantly breezy day in Suffolk, the end-to end action continued in the second half. The Spartans had scoring plays ruled out for various penalties, allowing Ipswich to edge back into the game, and they took the lead for the first time with the first play of the fourth quarter. However, the Spartans refused to give in against the hosts, Norris Owusu making a 60 yard run for the Spartans fifth and final touchdown of the day. The Spartans held on for the last few minutes for one of their most exciting wins for many years. As well as the scorers on offence, Linebacker Harry Shelton and Safety Ross Watson impressed in defence, both getting into double digits for tackles.
Head Coach Sean Benton said “As a team we went into the game believing we could win, and I am delighted we did. What’s most encouraging was how we responded to going behind. In previous seasons we wouldn’t have come back from a blow like that, but this year we had the mental toughness and scored straight away. That’s a really exciting sign of our progress as a team.”
The Spartans season concludes on Sunday 17th August at home to the Bury Saints, to whom they narrowly lost in their opening game. The game is also a fundraiser for breast cancer research. Kickoff 2:30 at Hannakins Farm, Billericay.