East Essex Sabres 8 – 54 London Blitz “B”

East Essex Sabres could not build on their first win of the season in their last outing, as they fell to a heavy defeat against London Blitz B.

The Sabres went into the clash full of confidence after claiming their first success in the British American Football Association League Division Two East at the Ipswich Cardinals’ expense.

But an outstanding first half performance from London Blitz B resulting in them running out 54-8 winners.
The visitors racked up 48 unanswered points by the halfway stage of the match, leaving Lee Joseph’s side with a mountain to climb.

The second half proved to be more successful for the Sabres, as they managed to get some points on the board and allow the away side to only add six more points to their tally.

Buster Hodges scooped a fumble and ran the football into the end zone for a touchdown.

Kyle Bury followed that up by catching a pass from quarterback James Dawson for a two-point conversion.

But London Blitz B proved to be too strong for the Sabres, and were able to record a comfortable victory.

The Sabres will be aiming for revenge when they contest the return fixture on Sunday.

Joseph’s charges will head into that clash second from bottom in the standings and nine points adrift of London Blitz B, who are immediately above them in the league table.

Sabres long time fan David Sweet had this to say about the game, “I guess we need to start with the Sabres Offensive line who failed to stop the Blitz defence, the sabres QB was under constant pressure ever getting sacked for big yardage or scrambling to throw a pass that never connected.

The Sabres only managed to get into the London Blitz territory, once in the first half and that was due to the Blitz giving up 45 yards in penalties but the sabres lost possession on the Blitz 12 yard line. I think the Blitz then went on an 88yd touchdown drive which saw the blitz QB throw 3 long passes to receivers in wide open spaces . The blitz also had a very competent kicker who managed to convert a number of their touchdowns. The blitz came into the game with only one win from their last five games but were a different class”

Article curtesy of Danny Rust, Echo Sports Correspondent.
All Photo’s curtesy of Phillip Rocker.

BAFA SFC Division 2 Standings
  Pld W L D PF PA Pts
Wembley Stallions*** 10 10 0 0 354 65 30
East Kent Mavericks** 10 7 3 0 192 153 21
Essex Spartans 10 5 5 0 111 126 15*
London Blitz B 10 5 5 0 284 232 15
East Essex Sabres 10 2 8 0 81 320 6*
Ipswich Cardinals 10 1 9 0 118 329 3

***League Champions
** Clinched Playoff Place

* Game was not played and the sabres will be awarded the game in due course.