Battling Bury Saints battered by the London Blitz

Bury Saints running back Chris May looks for some space against the London Blitz. Picture: WILLIAM G

Bury Saints running back Chris May looks for some space against the London Blitz. Picture: WILLIAM G WATSON - Credit: Archant

BAFA Premiership South London Blitz 46 Bury Saints 6 On a sunny day in North London the Bury Saints fell to a heavy defeat at the hands of the London Blitz.

The Saints defence opened the day strong, stopping the Blitz on their first three series, one of which was stopped by a timely interception from Chase Martin. Unfortunately the Saints offence were unable to capitalise on the good start.

The Blitz got on the board after a spectacular strip and fumble recovery, with the score only being stopped by a last second tackle from RB Dante Gooden. The Blitz scored two plays later to give them a 7-0 lead.

After a few exchanges of possession, the Blitz drove 55 yards for a second score to make it 14-0. The Saints offence continued to struggle to put together any drives and just before half-time the Blitz offence scored again to go into the break up 21-0.

After some adjustments at half-time, the Blitz scored twice more in the third quarter to push the score out to 36-0.

Shortly before the fourth quarter, the Blitz drove again, but the Saints defence stiffened and held the Blitz to a field goal, to leave the score at 39-0.

The Saints first play after the return was intercepted, leaving the Blitz on the Saints 20 yard line. The Saints held firm, and the Blitz field goal attempt was short. A quick four and out from the Saints gave the Blitz good field position which they converted, leaving the Saints with just over 2 minutes to get on the board.

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The Saints never gave up however and finally got on the board with backup QB Francis Hughes connecting with WR Joe Hill for the score. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful, making the final score 46-6.

Defensive Coordinator Neil Van Holland said: “we were determined to bounce back from the heavy defeat two weeks ago, and the performance from the players was much better.

“We now have three more games in which to ensure third place and that is our focus. Bristol will be a stern test but one we feel confident about.”

The Saints return home this Sunday against the Bristol Aztecs with a 2pm kick-off at Thetford Rugby Club.

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