Game 7: STORM WIN 44 – 00 vs Lightning

Morecambe Bay Storm 44 – 0 Northumberland Lightning

(Lightning forfeit at Half Time)
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Match summary
In their last home game of the season the Morecambe Bay Storm entertained North East outfit the Northumberland Lightning. The visitors travelled with a much depleted squad of players and this coupled with a solid running game from the Storm made it a one-sided contest.

1st quarter (24-0)

Deferring their options to the second half the Storm kicked-off to the visiting team with the opening kick sailing into the end zone for touchback leaving the Lightning 75 yards to score however an interception from Storm Cornerback Chris Aldred on the second play of the drive that stifled the drive. Returning the ball twenty yards Johnston gave the Storm offense field position at the visitor’s seven yard line. Four plays later and Quarterback Chris Mayne crossed the goal line on an Inside Zone Read left to open the scoring, with a successful conversion from Slotback Mark Baldwin on a Wingback Counter over the left tackle.

Another interception pick this time from Safety Gaz Johnston gave the ball back to the Storm on the Lightning’s twenty-seven yard line and seven plays later triggerman Mayne drove in to the end zone on a Quarterback Sneak with the conversion by Slotback Adam Horrobin on a Wingback Counter to the right.
With the Storm defense dominating the away team’s offense Defensive tackle Tom Smith fell a loose ball to recover the fumble leaving the Storm offense again within striking distance of scoring. Three plays and fifteen yards later Halfback Danny Mclennan rushed over the goal line from five yards out on a Power run right with Slotback Dave Nicholls converting from the three on a Jet Sweep right.

2nd quarter (44-0)

The second quarter started the way the first period ended with the home side’s defense shutting down the lightning attack. After a three-and-out drive from the visitors Chris Mayne hit Baldwin on a Wheel route for a forty-two yard touchdown reception.

Finding some form, Northumberland put together a ten-play drive ending in a fumble which was recovered by Storm Defensive tackle Dave Robinson. Eight plays and sixty-four yards later Storm Wideout Dion Feather snagged a twenty yard reception on a Tunnel Screen left and danced through the Lightning’s secondary for a touchdown, converted by Horrobin on a 3 yard rushing Jet sweep left.

With time running out in the period, Mayne masterminded an eleven play, fifty-eight yard drive which he finished off on a Quarterback Sneak from the one yard line talking his personal tally to three touchdowns on the day, making the score forty-four points to zero at the half.

Unfortunately due to the small squad size and after picking up a couple of new injuries, the visitors were unable to carry on and conceded the game at halftime for safety reasons.

“Respect to the Lightning for travelling over with a small number of players which is always tough and especially so on hot sunny days like this” sympathised Storm Head Coach Scud Fairhurst. “There were periods in the first quarterback where the offense was scrappy and didn’t capitalise on field position and the momentum the defense had created but we did what we needed to do and that was to get a win.”

The Storm had 6 touchdowns on the day converting four. Offensively they made 231 total yards with 89 coming via the air and 142 on the ground from the running attack.

“We need to execute a lot better and be more clinical in taking advantage of swings of momentum. We have some tough games coming up against quality teams and if we have any thoughts about making the play-offs we have to improve.” The Storm have three games left in the regular season with trips away to Leeds Bobcats, Gateshead Senators and lastly the Knottingley Raiders” reflected Coach Fairhurst. “However, this was our fifth win of the season that means we have a winning season. It’s a tremendous achievement for the everyone at the Storm, to win five games in your rookie season is truly remarkable.”

Game Most Valuable Player accolades went to Quarterback Chris Mayne for his three touchdowns. Defensively the award went to Defensive tackle Rick Schuttenbeld for pressuring the visitor’s offense all game. On Special Teams Safety Chris Aldred for his hustle and physicality on kick-return.

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