Glads vs Hornets

Colchester Gladiators vs London Hornets - Posted on May 6th, 2018



The Colchester Gladiators’ unbeaten start came to an abrupt end yesterday as they lost to the
plucky Hornets from London. The visitors played an attacking style of defence and took
advantage of some key absences and injuries to the home ranks.

One defeat does not end the season but they lost starting QB Rob Wickham for the season with a
dislocated shoulder and suffered a spate of injuries, including rib injuries to offensive lineman
Tom Burridge, and wide receiver Tom Clark. With running back/wide receiver Adam Dickens
sidelined through injury and receiver Jake Wickham unavailable, the teams’ lack of depth at key
positions was already under question.

Aaron Martin getting those extra yards

The Gladiators started the game well with Wickham under centre, after safety Fraser Lamb
intercepted the Hornets’ QB. Wickham led the team downfield, connecting with Sam Gennings
for 22 yards and with Byron Smith taking the ball to the visitors’ two. Wickham scrambled to the
sideline for a short gain but was hit out of bounds where he suffered his shoulder injury. He
bravely stayed in the game but two penalties and a sack brought up fourth and long. Nathan
Brown stepped up and slotted the 35 yard field goal to give the Gladiators a 3-0 lead.

The lead was short lived however as the Hornets returned the ensuing kickoff 71 yards for a
touchdown. The point after was blocked but the Hornets led 6-3.

Wickham could not continue so wide receiver Sam Gennings took over at QB but heavy pressure
resulted in an interception and excellent field position for London on the Colchester 25.

A fumble was recovered by the Hornets bringing up fourth and 14 and good pressure on the QB
forced him to scramble. He eluded a couple of tackles and passed the chains for a first down
before throwing an eight yard TD pass to double their lead. The extra point failed but they led 12-
3 as the second quarter began.

With the offence struggling to regroup, the Gladiators defence stepped up, forcing three
consecutive three and outs to end the half. Ian Hardy and Matt Thompson made some key stops
and QB/defensive end Curtis Bourke was proving to be a nuisance to the Hornets offensive line.
But after the Hornets punter pinned the Gladiators on their own one, running back Eddie Collison
was tackled in the end zone for a safety and the Hornets were delighted to take a 14-3 lead in to
half time.

The interval allowed the Gladiators to reshuffle, bringing Bourke in under centre with Gennings
reverting back to his receiver position. The move brought instant rewards, collecting two first
downs to enable the offence to pin the Hornets back with a punt.

An exchange of punts gave the Gladiators a great opportunity for good field position but a fumble
turned the ball over moving in to the final period. The Hornets could not take advantage but
another excellent punt forced the Gladiators to start on their own five.

With defences dominating, both teams’ punters were kept busy as time was ticking down but
Bourke led his team downfield, connecting with Martin for 33 yards and Gennings for 15, before
a punt was downed at the Hornets 17. Calum Roberts recovered a fumble to give the Gladiators a
chance but a strong defensive stand forced a field goal attempt to try to make it a one score
game. Nathan Brown’s attempt was short however but on the Hornets’ next possession, Dan
Jones stopped the London running back for no gain on third down and blocked the ensuing punt.

Inside the final two minutes, and a 21 yard pass from Bourke to Gennings set up Bourke to run in
from three yards out to narrow the score to 14-9. The two point attempt failed but set up a tense
finale with an onside kick.

Unfortunately the long shot failed and the Hornets recovered the ball and were able to run out
the clock for the upset win.
The games are coming thick and fast with a trip to preseason division favourites the Kent Exiles
on Sunday, the first of three away games in four weeks. With the Gladiators’ injury crisis
threatening to derail their season after a promising start, depth players will be asked to step up.
The Exiles thrashed their local rivals East Kent Mavericks 48-0 yesterday and will enter the game
with renewed confidence.




Date Time League Season
May 6, 2018 2:30 pm British American Football Leagues 2018


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


Colchester Gladiators30069Loss
London Hornets1220014Win

Colchester Gladiators

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28Eddie CollisonRunning back0000000000000000000000100000
77Paul BovingdonOffensive Line0000000000000000000010000000
95Charles GreigTight End0000000000010000000001010100
1Sam GenningsDefensive Back0000000000000100000000000000
2Josh MilgateLinebacker0000000000001000000000000000
7Nathan BrownWide Receiver0000000001000000000000000000
10Jake WickhamQuarterback0000000000000010000000000000
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14Joe ParsonsDefensive Back0000000000000000100000000000
15Tom Hill-0000001000000000000000000000
19Rob GilesDefensive Back0000000010000000000000000000
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21Tommy ClarkeDefensive Back0000100000000000000000000000
23Christian StephensLinebacker0000010000000000000000000000
25Tom DaceyDefensive Back0000001000000000000000000000
27Dan BettsWide Receiver0000001000000000000000000000
29Andrew CairnsRunning back0000001000000000000000000000
31Lewis MewsDefensive Back0000010000000000000000000000
32Sam MortonRunning back0000010000000000000000000000
34Casey CampbellRunning back0000001000000000000000000000
43Frazer LambDefensive Back0000010000000000000000000000
11Curtis BourkeDefensive Line0000001000000000000000000000
20Jim GilchristDefensive Back0000001000000000000000000000
49Ashley Tyler-0000010000000000000000000000
51Jon PerryLinebacker0000010010000000000000000000
53|96Daniel JonesDefensive Line0000000010000000000000000000
53Josh MewsLinebacker0000000000000000000000000000
57|90|79David CraneDefensive Line0000000010000000000000000000
58Ian HardyLinebacker0000000000000000000000000000
64Nick AndersonDefensive Line0000000010000000000000000000
66|62Ryan VaughanOffensive Line0000000010000000000000000000
67Tom BurridgeAssistant Coach0000000010000000000000000000
70|57|36Thomas BlumOffensive Line0000000010000000000000000000
70James BirchLinebacker0000000010000000000000000000
71Jake GoldingOffensive Line0000000010000000000000000000
82|85Byron SmithTight End0000000001000000000000000000
88Mark GilbranchAssistant Coach0000000001000000000000000000
90Aaron MartinTight End0000000001000000000000000000
93|54David WaltonAssistant Coach0000100000000000000000000000
94|60Matt SelbyLinebacker1000000000000000000000000000
97Jack BailyDefensive Line0000000000000000000000000000
97Alex MartinDefensive Line0000000000000001000000000000
98|75Matt RichardsonDefensive Line1000001000110010100000000000
 Total 20003680104121121300011110100

London Hornets

Position Tot Sol Asst Sck SckYds Int IntYds ForFum FumRec DefTD PassAtt PassComp PassYds LngComp PassTD IntsO ScksO SckYdsO RushAtt RushYds LngRush RushTD AvgYdsCrry Rec Rec Yds LngRec RecTD AvgYdsCat

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