American Football: Cambridge sunk by Mariners

Liv Lee 12 March 2012

Cambridge Pythons – 6 Greenwich Mariners – 14

The Cambridge Pythons faced off the Greenwich Mariners in a game rescheduled from earlier this term.

A good kickoff started the game deep in the Mariners’ half of the pitch and a quick turnover gave the Pythons offence a chance to make a score, but the final drive wasn’t forthcoming and Greenwich soon had the chance to advance the ball up the pitch. However, neither team was able to break away, so the half-time score was left level at 0-0.

The second half brought both teams back with a renewed sense of optimism. Some hard running from Cambridge reaped rewards with a touchdown early in the third quarter, but a 24 yard pass on behalf of the Mariners allowed them to equalise. With a little over a minute to go, the Greenwich fullback managed to break free of the Cambridge defence and run the ball to the endzone, successfully converting to leave the score at 14-6. Both teams kept playing at full intensity until the final whistle, and while Cambridge were able to march the ball halfway down the pitch in the short time, they were unable to pull back a score.

The game MVP was awarded to Jonty Richardson, for his efforts as fullback.

Next term brings a return of the Varsity game against the newly reformed Oxford Lancers – a game that promises to be just as exciting as this year has been for the team. Having received recognition amongst many other teams in the league this season, the Pythons hope to carry the momentum on into the coming year, expanding the squad and firmly establishing themselves as fierce contenders on the field.

Liv Lee