STALLIONS GET THE WIN OVER THE EAGLES
Match Report by Kerry Fothergill
Wembley Stallions travelled to tricky opponents Ouse Valley Eagles and withstood the onslaught of the run game to win 12-21.
The Stallions defence started well, keeping the Eagles to a quick three-and-out, but a fumble on offence put the home side back on the field. Unable to gain ground Ouse Valley could not take advantage. Wembley started their next drive inside the Eagles half thanks to a good punt return by Sam Fraser. The Stallions took advantage with solid runs by Geraldas Kastauna and a catch by Granit Uka to put the visitors at the one-yard line. Lawrence Wild starting at quarterback snuck in for his first touchdown of the season, Nick Glenday added the extra to put Wembley into the lead at 0-7.
Ouse Valley responded quickly as their running back found the seam to get 62-yard touchdown run. The Eagles were unable to level the scores as Joe Reynolds blocked the conversion attempt to put the score at 6-7.
The visitors continued to play well and increased their lead on the next drive. More solid runs from Kastauna and Carl Jamesand just toes in catch by Glenday put the Stallions in a good position. Kastauna was rewarded for his patience as he ran in his first ever touchdown, Glenday added the extra to put the score at 6-14.
The Eagles were unable to move the ball as time expired on the first quarter and put the Stallions back on the field. Wembley looked set to add another score as they moved downfield with more runs from Kastauna, but a pass was intercepted giving procession to the home side at midfield. More tackles from Pietro Pastorelli, Jerome Klein and Paul Fergus kept the Eagles from taking advantage.
Neither side gained much ground in the second quarter. Ouse Valley gave themselves a chance to make it a one-score game after intercepting another pass. But again, were unable to take advantage against a strong tackling defence as time expired on the second quarter.
Ouse Valley came out the stronger in the third quarter, keeping the Stallions to a quick three-and-out. Followed by the home side gaining their first first-down of the game but, were unable to get into the red zone with tackles from Chris Middlemas and Glenn Trafford-Smith stopping the drive.