Storm 0 – 36 Walney Terriers

11th September @ Trimpell SSC Morecambe

 The areas latest american football team the Morecambe bay storm entertained cross-bay rivals the Walney Terriers in front of a crowd of 100 supporters at Trimpell sports and social club on Sunday. The game was the first of three the storm have to play to gain entry in the national american football league.

In the 1st quarter walney opened the scoring with a 20 yards field gaol from #51 Defensive End and Kicker Steve Soulsby to take a 0-3 lead.
2nd quarter touchdown and a conversion with a 25yd pass from #22 Quarterback Ross Gabriel to Runningback Brad Pearce.
This was the only scoring in the first half and gave Walney a 0-10 advantage at the interval.

In the 3rd quarter #10 quarterback Phil Gilgrass connected on a 12 yards pass from Gilgrass to #11 Back Joe Allington on an Out route. Triggerman Gilgrass further added to his passing stats finding #22 Ross Gabriel on a 20 yard lateral pass to conclude a 13 point scoring spree.

Not content with throwing touchdowns the versatile Gilgrass ran for a score on a quarterback snak from 3 yards out. #35 Tom Atkinson concluded walney’s coring in the game on a 35 touchdown run on the outside to make the final score 0-36 in the visitor’s favour.

Match Most Valuable Players for the Storm were… #18 Danny McLennan [runningback], #87 Scott Metcalfe [Defensive End], #79 Tom Smith [Defensive Tackle], #40 Gaz Johnston [Free Safety] #42 Adam Horrobin [Special Teams] and #9 Matthew Berrington [Special Teams].

Head Coach Scud Fairhurst “This was a tremendous effort not only by the guys on the field but the whole organisation in getting to where we are now after only six months. Walney are a veteran league team of five years so to hold them to 10 points in the first half was a great team effort. They made some adjustments to their offense and defense which proved decisive. They ran out deserved winners. As a team we need continue what we’ve been doing and this together with our game expeircince from today will stand us in good stead to play the Burnley tornados in our next game on the 25th September.”
The Storm are still looking for players on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball and also supporters to help with game day management. They train at salt Ayre sports centre every monday and thrusday evenings from 7pm.