|May 7, 2016||7:00 pm||BAFA NL SFC II East||2016|
13 - 32Full Time
Essex blues continued for the Spartans as they went 0-3 on their first home game at a new venue on Saturday night.
Despite strong defensive presence, two late touchdowns and an interception early on, it was impossible for the home side to tame the now table-topping Wembley Stallions under the lights.
The drama began early in the first quarter as Stallions #38 ran forty yards for the first touchdown of the game. It was briefly flagged by an official for a block in the back but was ultimately overruled, leaving the Spartans trailing 0-7 after a few minutes of time.
Spartans spirit picked up from the second quarter when an interception from #44 Ernest Owusu led a fierce offensive drive forward, and a 15-yard penalty against the Stallions for unsportsmanlike conduct could have worked well in Spartans favour. However, possession was quickly overturned after the Spartans failed to make progress and Stallions #32 ran for a 50-yard TD.
A third touchdown for the Stallions was flagged and called back just before the half, leaving the Spartans a modest 13 points behind at the half.
The Spartans led a shaky start to the second half by conceding again, and a fourth touchdown for the visitors was stopped just short of the line by the defense before the third quarter.
The final fifteen minutes saw a lengthy struggle with something like a hearty comeback for the home side; as Stallions #8 extended the lead easily to 0-26, Spartans #11 Norris Owusu ran over 90 yards untouched to at last open scoring for the Spartans.
It was short-lived glory however, as the Stallions soon retaliated again and extended their lead to 7-32 with just five minutes to go on the clock. After a scrappy battle to get over the line, #13 Felix Olu gave the Spartans six more points but the conversion was missed, ending the game 13-32 in the favour of the visitors.
Wembley Stallions now sit top of the table with three wins from three games. The Essex Spartans return to training this weekend and will face the Cambridgeshire Cats at home on Saturday 4th June.