Dreadnoughts 16 - 9 Bobcats
Bobcats suffer narrow defeat to the Dreadnoughts
The Bournemouth Bobcats approached game 5 with huge confidence having put in outstanding defensive performances in their previous two games. Up next was the short travel to the Portsmouth Dreadnoughts, a side whom started the season as the SFC2 South favourites and were living up to the hype with a record of 4-0 and having a defence that had conceded no points.
The message at the start of the game was to start fast on both sides of the ball, with the ball in Bobcats hands first the offense done just that. They methodically marched down the field with some hard running via the feet of Baker #26 and a couple of big yardage catches via Griffith #89 and Barnes #13. The Bobcats now staring down the Dreadnoughts end zone on about the 10 yard line, they were unable to punch it in as the Dreadnoughts defensive unit stood strong. The first score of the game came via the boot of Tarr #69 whom as always accurately gave the Bobcats an early 0-3 lead.
The next few drives between the Bobcats and Dreadnoughts were dominated by over powering defences, neither team’s offences able to find a first down forcing them to punt back and forth a few times. Until a drive filled with mental errors on the part of the Bobcats offence and special teams units resulted in a safety for the Dreadnoughts bringing the score to 2-3.
Bringing about the end of the 1st quarter the Dreadnoughts took advantage of the Bobcats offensive mistakes and reverted to some old school hard running marching down the field towards the Bobcats end zone. The Dreadnoughts eventually pounded their way into the end zone to register the first touchdown of the game; the PAT missed the score now sitting at 8-3.
The Bobcats as resilient as ever struck immediately from the kick return, the flying Frenchman #19 Titi took the ball 90+ yards to the house only to be called back for a hold.
Again dominate defensive play by both outfits and a muffed field goal attempt once again via the Dreadnoughts unfortunate kicker marked the end of the first half. The game poised in the balance and a half controlled by two well drilled defences.
The next few drives via the Bobcats and Dreadnoughts offenses were long and drawn out but both unable to continually keep up the efforts against the high octane play of the defensive units. An excellent punt by Tarr #69 and a time perfected tackle by Isaacs #9, the special teams’ beast set the Dreadnoughts up deep in their own half. When up sprang #92 Lee-Sang whom has made a massive impact since joining the senior from the University Bobcats, with a game changing interception deep in the Dreadnoughts half.
The Bobcats deep into the 3rd quarter did not want to squander this opportunity given to them from the defence and on 3rd and long the Bobcats found the answer. A well placed throw from QB #1 Macdonald to WR #89 Griffith finally unlocked the water tight Dreadnoughts defence, to score the first touchdown against them this season. The Bobcats looking to extend the lead failed in their 2 point conversion, the score now placed at 8-9 to the Bobcats.
The next few offensive drives ending in punts by both teams with strong defensive play all-round. The start of the 4th quarter saw the next score of the game, the Dreadnoughts QB found their towering receiver whom leapt high to grab the pass. With two Bobcats players colliding this opened up his path to the end zone un-contested, their 2-point attempt successful the score now 16-9 to the Dreadnoughts.
The Bobcats with only a short amount of time to find a winner fought hard, but the Dreadnoughts defence held fast. With the time ticking away and the Dreadnoughts all but happy to run the ball, the game finished with a last gasp run via QB #1 Macdonald whom burst for a good 15 yard run only to be upended by a big hit forcing him to fumble the ball all but ending the Bobcats chance of the winner.
In what was a hard fought game from start to finish via both sides and a hell of a spectacle for any neutral to the sport, the Bobcats were unfortunate to not come away with the win. This moves the Bobcats to a 2-3 record and now turning their attention to yet another difficult away game against the Hertfordshire Cheetahs.
All photos credit of Chris Coope
Your shirtless game MVP’s brought to you by Roxy’s Bistro Bar:
Offensive MVP: QB# 1 Craig Macdonald –Took some big hits, played under immense stress and kept leading his team down the field.
Defensive MVP: DT#77 Paddy King – Disruptive tackle making machine for 4 quarters.
Final Score: Dreadnoughts 16 - 9 Bobcats