Storm 38 – 35 Burnley Tornados

25th September @ Trimpell SSC Morecambe

The Morecambe Bay Storm welcomed the Burnley Tornados to Trimpell Sports and Social Club last Sunday. Both teams are seeking league status and the game which was a friendly game on paper turned in to a hotly contest battle which went down to the wire.

1st QTR

14468622_10153881374915667_965076853560624719_oA historic moment in the history of the Storm with their first ever score. Runningback Joe Patterson 30 yards scamper cutting back through the left hand side of the offensive line.
The Tornado’s score with Receiver Xavier Sutcliffe on an Out route and converted with a kick to go into a 6-7 lead.

The Tornados drive the ball in to the Storm’s red zone and finish off with a run up the middle which was converted to make it 6-14.

2nd QTR

14352076_10153884320800667_2544546530759756441_oStorm run up the middle for a score by running back Danny Mclennan but could not convert for the extra 2 points. 12-14.
Defensive Tackle Tom Smith picked up the ball from Middle Linebacker Jake Edlin’s block, and ran it back 20 yards for the go-ahead score. The Touchdown was converted on a FLOOD Left play with Quarterback Chris Mayne connecting with receiver Aidan Banks for the go-head score.

With the Storm holding the Tornados close to their own goalie, Smith intercepted the ball and ran in another score for a 26-14 half-time lead for the home side.

3rd QTR

14500189_10153881375470667_7755624761142387658_oRunngback Ben Cannon made some big runs to open the second half for the Storm but was not rewarded.

The Tornados scored again to make it a 26-20 ball game.

On the ensuing kick off return, Mark Baldwin received the ball and ran 70 yards through the Tornado coverage team before being dragged into touch.

The hard work of Baldwin was rewarded by running back Danny Mclennan going in for the score 32-20.

Tornado’s receiver Xavier Sutcliffe made a big catch and run for what looked like a certain touchdown but was pushed out of bounds at the Storm’s 1 yard line. The Tornados didn’t waste the field position and scored on an inside run to make it 32-27 but were unable to convert the kick due to Saftey Gareth Johnston’s block.

Danny McLennan immediately hit back with a 25 yard Counter run for the Storm’s final score making it 38-27.

4th QTR

14435010_10153884321870667_207693824241451387_oThe Tornados scored again and converted on a 2 point after touchdown play to make it 38-35 with just over 2 minutes left in the game.

The visitors needing to get hold of the ball again attempt an on-side kick which was recovered by James Head on the Storms kick off return hands team.

Needing to run as much time off the clock as possible the Storm kept the ball on the ground making sure Burnley had to use their remaining 2 timeouts. An immense run by John Littlejohn gave the Storm a vital 1st down but with thew Tornados defines blitzing on every down the Storm were unable to keep the drive going and had to give the ball back to the Tornados.
Ensuring there was as little time as possible left for the Tornados to mount a last ditch effort, head coach scud fairhurst called a deliberate delay of game penalty which lost the Storm 5 yards but ran 25 seconds off the clock leaving only enough time for two plays form the Tornados.

In a tense last 30 seconds the Tornado’s triggerman Cameron Stewart hit a receiver for a big gain into Storm territory but was ganmg tackled in the Storm secondary by gareth Johnston and Matthew Berrington leaving just a few seconds on the clock for one last passing attempt from Burnley which was batted down by Storm Cornerback James Ashworth making the final score 38-35 in favour of the Morecambe Bay Storm.

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 “This was a tremendous effort by the team in only their second game” said Head Coach Scud Fairhurst “There some standout performamces from an intimidating Jake Edlin at Middle Linebacker, Runningback Danny Mclennan with three touchdowns and Defensive Tackle Tom Smith contributing with two touchdowns, but the whole team deserves to be the game Most Valuable Player (MVP). A lot of credit goes to Burnley who made the game as close and exciting as it was and who also provided us one of our three games we require to gain league entry in April 2017.” Looking forwards Head Coach Fairhurst is an a positive mood “We have one more game to play this Autumn and we are looking for an opponent to give us an away fixture and from what the coaching staff have seen from the team we can go into the next game and off-season with a solid foundation that will stand us in good stead for what will hopefully be our first league season in the spring of next year.”