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Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Essex youngsters impress against national finalists
Essex Spartans American football team saw their youth programme show signs of huge progress when they entertained Kent Exiles Youth, taking another step towards their goal of competing in the Youth League in 2014.
Under the guidance of head coach Steve Mitchell, the Billericay-based Spartans Youth have seen their ranks swell over the course of 2013, and the team have now played two competitive matches as they continue to build for a promising future.
The youth games involve 5-a-side teams playing two 20-minute halves of full-contact football, and with the Exiles heading to the National Finals it was no easy challenge for the young Spartans.
The home defence came out strong, with captain Callum Bartlett putting in an eye-catching performance, but the Exiles vast experience paid off and they were able to score two touchdowns in the opening half to take a 13-0 lead.
Mitchell and assistant coach Oli Huke rallied their troops for the second half and they were soon rewarded as quarterback Alex Unsworth floated a deep ball for Myles Day to run under for a touchdown to make it 13-6.
Sam Hill-Lonergan recovered an Exiles fumble to give the hosts another opportunity to score, but they were unable to capitalise.
Exiles scored two more touchdowns before Unsworth connected with Joe Cook for a consolation score in a 25-12 defeat.
An upbeat Mitchell said: “Whilst the score appears disappointing, the performance against one of the best teams in the country and the improvement from the last game is pleasing and encouraging.
“It was a wonderful experience to play at home and the support was amazing, especially from the senior players.”
The Spartans now take a break after an eventful campaign and will look to rebuild for 2014 towards the end of the year.
For more, visit www.essexspartans.co.uk.
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