Birmingham Lions @ Portsmouth Destroyers
On Sunday the 28th is January, the Birmingham Lions team made the long journey down to Portsmouth in search of their first win of 2018. Despite some rust in the second quarter, key momentum changing plays proved the difference for the Lions. By the end of the fourth they had really found their form, and ran out 28-6 victors.
The offence had a balanced game, with chunk plays both on the ground and through the air proving pivotal. The Destroyers deserve credit for limiting the offence early, and coming away with two takeaways. However, the Lions many-headed monster in the backfield wore them down, and opened up the passing game too. Stalwart ‘back Elliot Walters ran for yet another long touchdown, with Darius Price making it two rushing scores on the day. Through the air, receivers from opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of experience stepped up. Captain Louis Haines’ early touchdown showed what years in the programme can accomplish, whilst rookie Ben Murphy gave a glimpse of what is to come.
On defence, the Lions proved unbreakable, despite significant depth rotation. Whilst the unit may be somewhat disappointed to give up 6 points, they succeeded in keeping Portsmouth out of the end zone entirely. Generally solid play was boosted further by play of the game, and early contender for catch of the year, when Chris Maddison defied gravity to pluck an errant pass out of the sky and halt Portsmouth in their tracks.
The other momentum shifting play came on special teams, when Harry Spicer forced and recovered his second fumble of the season. This set the offence up in exceptional field position, and allowed them to reestablish a two score lead at a key point of the game.
The photo epic by Bec Edwards can be found at the link below:
And match highlights courtesy of Hudl: