Glads v Exiles

Colchester Gladiators vs Kent Exiles - Posted on July 22nd, 2018



The Colchester Gladiators fell to 4-5 on the season after a disappointing shut out loss to the title
hunting Exiles.
The Gladiators fell behind early and could get little office going against an aggressive Kent
defence and were kept out of the endzone for the second consecutive game.

Byron Smith gains some yards after a reception

Byron Smith gains some yards after a reception

The Exiles scored on their first possession with QB James Cooper connecting with former
Gladiator AJ Crabbe on three consecutive passes, good for 63 yards, setting up a short
touchdown run and an early 6-0 lead. The extra point was good to make it 7-0.

The Gladiators’ first possession came to an abrupt halt when QB Jake Wickham was sacked on
third down, losing the ball in the process, giving the Exiles excellent field position just 20 yards
out, but good defence, including a sack by Dan Jones on third down forced a field goal attempt,
but the 44 yard attempt was wide right.

Casey Campbell made a welcome return and ran 15 yards for Colchester’s first first down of the
game but they could not capitalise and had to punt.The visitors doubled their lead after poor tackling enabled their running back to scamper 60
yards for a touchdown and a 14-0 advantage. This was increased further as the first quarter
neared a conclusion with another big play, this time a blown coverage allowing a receiver to get
behind the defence and haul in a 54 yard scoring pass and a 21-0 lead.

The Gladiators advanced deep into Exile territory on their opening drive of the second quarter,
reaching the seven, due mainly to a number of defensive penalties, but another lost fumble was
recovered by Kent and they returned it into the Colchester half, but were unable to convert the
opportunity into more points.

Neither side made much progress for the remainder of the half and the sides went into half time 21 points apart.

The Gladiators opened the second half well after Mark Gilbranch returned the kickoff to the
home 39.

Alex Wright

Consecutive passes from Wickham to first Sam Gennings, then Tommy Clarke took
the ball into the Exiles’ half, but the drive faltered and they had to punt.

Curtis Bourke stopped the Exiles on third down but an interception ensured the Gladiators could
not capitalise and the Exiles took advantage of the turnover, driving 35 yards in just three plays,
finishing the drive with a 31 yard catch and run for their fourth touchdown. The extra point was
blocked but a fortuitous bounce and strong running saw the Exiles advance the ball across the
goal line for a two point conversion and a 29-0 lead.

As the final quarter began, the Gladiators forced a turnover on downs but could not take
advantage and had to punt. A bad snap however forced stand-in punter Gennings to abandon
the kick and run the ball. A valiant effort saw him come up short and the Exiles took over.
It took them just three plays to add another six to their tally and although the kick was wide, they
had the game sewn up, leading 35-0 and cruised to the end of the game.

The Gladiators have just one game remaining on their 2108 schedule, a trip to the old foes
Cambridgeshire Cats on Sunday 12th August. While they are not threatened with relegation, the
Gladiators will be hoping for a win to leave then at an even record on the year.


Date Time League Season
July 22, 2018 2:30 pm British American Football Association Division 1 2018


Corporal Budd V.C. Gymnasium
204 Berechurch Rd, Colchester CO2 7QQ, UK


Colchester Gladiators00000Loss
Kent Exiles2108635Win

Colchester Gladiators

# Player Position Comp Att Yds Rec Rec Yds TD Int Lng Fum Lost
1Sam Gennings-0000000000
2Josh Milgate-0000000000
7Nathan Brown-0000000000
8David Kerr-0000000000
10Jake Wickham-0000000000
11Ben Roper-0000000000
14Joe Parsons-0000000000
15Tom Hill-0000000000
16Rob WickhamQuarterback0000000000
19Rob Giles-0000000000
20Adam Dickens-0000000000
21Tommy Clarke-0000000000
23Christian Stephens-0000000000
25Tom Dacey-0000000000
27Dan Betts-0000000000
28Eddie Collison-0000000000
29Andrew Cairns-0000000000
31Lewis Mews-0000000000
32Sam Morton-0000000000
34Casey Campbell-0000000000
39Brandon Sleiker-0000000000
43Frazer Lamb-0000000000
45Ryan Delayney-0000000000
49Ashley Tyler-0000000000
50Scott O’Brien-0000000000
51Jon Perry-0000000000
52Matthew Thompson-0000000000
53Josh Mews-0000000000
54David Walton-0000000000
57Thomas Blum-0000000000
58Ian Hardy-0000000000
60Matt Selby-0000000000
62Ryan Vaughan-0000000000
64Nick Anderson-0000000000
67Tom Burridge-0000000000
70James Birch-0000000000
71Jake Golding-0000000000
75Matt Richardson-0000000000
76Ethan Hacket-0000000000
77Paul Bovingdon-0000000000
79David Crane-0000000000
82Jim Gilchrist-0000000000
85Byron Smith-0000000000
88Mark Gilbranch-0000000000
90Aaron MartinTight End0000000000
92Curtis BourkeDefensive end0000000000
95Charles Greig-0000000000
96Daniel Jones-0000000000
97Jack Baily-0000000000
98Jut Preacher-0000000000
99Alex Martin-0000000000
 Total 0000000000

Head Coach: Luke Box
Coach: Karl Bourke
Coach: Joe Stickings
Coach: Nick Foxley
Coach: John Foxley
Chairman: David Crane
Secretary: Tom Burridge
Photographer: John Singer

Kent Exiles

Position Comp Att Yds Rec Rec Yds TD Int Lng Fum Lost

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