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25.04.2009 Farnham Knights

Knights 6 - Crusaders 8


The Farnham Fast Lane Knights took to the field in Aldershot against a much fancied Amsterdam Crusaders team at the start of the 2009 EFAF Cup season. Both teams carried a full strength 45 man roster and all was set for a titanic battle. Both the Knights and the Crusaders found the early movement of the ball hard as both defences settled into their game well.

PA Knights are the clear winners of a muddy game against Varenga Trolls
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PA Knights are the clear winners of a muddy game against Varenga Trolls
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Qtr 1

Tim Spaull opened the game at Quarterback and started the team moving the ball in the air and the ground. Both Offences traded plays followed by punts as both teams found it hard to move from the middle of the field. The Knights defensive backs closed out an early Crusaders passing game as the Crusaders defence closed the Knights running game down. The quarter ended scoreless. 0 - 0

Qtr 2

The second quarter saw more of the same sort of play until a Crusaders punt was not fielded by the Knights and it rolled down to the home teams 1 yard line before being downed. Tim Spaull took the snap for the Knights but a re vitalised Crusaders defence took the opportunity to close the play down in the end zone for the opening points of the game via a safety. The Crusaders now lead 2-0 and that was how the half ended.

During half time the Knights Coaching Staff made some minor adjustments to their game plan and re focused the team.

Qtr 3

The knights came out with a new desire to deal with the task at hand and although the ball was still hard to move consistently good gains were now being made on the grown by Running backs Roland Williams and Gavin Hart and Quarterback Luke Smith was finding receivers Price, Greenidge and Wills open in the short zones. Finally the deadlock was broken as, after a long drive, Smith found a diving Stealey Wills open in the corner of the end zone for the Knights touchdown. After 3 quarters the game was now the Knights for the taking. Knights ahead 6-2.

Qtr 4

The score in the 3rd quarter seemed to spur both teams on to a renewed effort and the ball started to move easier although neither defence was ready to give up the big play. Will less than 2 minutes left to play the Crusaders got the ball back deep in their own half. They slowly but surely started to move the ball down the field. With no timeouts and the clock running the Crusaders moved the ball to the Knights 10 yard line.. With seconds to play the Cru Quarterback dropped back and was sacked my Knights End Liam Smith, the team erupted in celebration as the clock expired, however, a apparent unsportsmanlike penalty had been thrown by the officials and the Crusaders has one untimed play.

This time the Crusaders were not to be denied and although the Knights fort to make the play Crusaders Receiver #7 caught the ball in the back of the end zone to end the game 8-6.

The Crusaders celebrated and the Knights earlier celebration turned to stunned silence.

Coach Ian Ellis said “ although every loss is hard to take the team preformed well in all area’s and we feel we are in a good place going into the British season”. “ The defence preformed well in every position and we now know where we need to make adjustments before we meet Sussex”.

Coach Lindsey, Offensive Coordinator followed by commenting that” as gutting as it was to lose in this way we did see things today to help us believe that we are moving in the right direction”.

The Knights next home game is on Sunday May 3rd at The army Rugby Stadium in Aldershot against the Sussex Thunder in both teams opener in the British Premiership game. Kick off is at 2:30pm.

The next EFAF Cup game is away in Oslo on 16th May, a game the Knights must win to have a chance of progressing in the competition.


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