2018 REGULAR SEASON MAKES IT’S SWANSONG AS LONDON OS TRAVEL TO FARNHAM
16th August 2018
Written by Ben Blundell
The Farnham Knights are proud to welcome Head Coach Neil Edwards and his London Olympians to Wilkinson Way on Sunday 19th August for the final game of the 2018 regular season.
The Os travel to Surrey with a 4-5 record in their first season back in the top flight of British American Football after their promotion from division one last year. The last time they faced the Knights, back in May, it was a closely fought battle which saw Knights running back Aaron Sekwalor score three rushing touchdowns. However, it was the home side who finished victors on that blisteringly hot afternoon in south-east London, as following an end zone interception by cornerback Ashton Cambell, the Olympians offence drove down the field and scored the game-winning touchdown.
Both teams come into this game as part of a back-to-back series of fixtures to end the BAFA Premier League South regular season. This past Sunday, the Knights hosted the Bristol Aztecs who, with their 54-32 victory, remain neck-and-neck with the visiting Olympians who beat the Bury Saints on the road. In Farnham on Sunday the weather might have had an impact on the plays called in the match but not on the phenomenal support, as around 100 Knights’ fans came to watch the ball game in swirling wind and rain. Huge thanks must go out to those who came down to Wilkinson Way to support their local American Football team, as well as sponsors LT Sports, DNA Brickwork, Tango Security, and American Football Direct. Without our supporters and our sponsors, we could not take to the field every week.
140 miles away in Thetford, Norfolk, the Olympians took on the already relegated Bury Saints. The London team scored four touchdowns and won the game 24-6, after the match was abandoned following two serious injuries.
With one game remaining, the Knights will look to continue the good work they’ve put in across the season, with the objective of winning the final game and going into the off-season on a high. One player the fans will be looking forward to watching again is the MVP from the Bristol game, Harry Alexander. Having scored a touchdown on Sunday, the 6ft 6” tight end is determined to put in another big performance for the team he has captained all season. “Personally this year has been a big step for me and the team has really grown as well. Watching tape it’s hard to believe we are the same team who started the season and I know there are big things in store for this group of players.”
Farnham’s commitment to developing new talent showed on Sunday, as rookie defensive lineman Jordan Kirby made his first start of the season. The tackle made his debut after improving week-on-week in training and showing a strong will to learn and get better. Following a promising performance Kirby will be back in the squad for Sunday’s game.
Farnham head coach Pete “Too Tall” Fields is looking forward to the match. He commented, “We’ve improved a lot since the start of the year and we’re hoping to end the season on a high. We look forward to welcoming the Olympians and hope it’s a great game for our supporters and sponsors, but most importantly we’d like to demonstrate what we’re capable of and get the win.” When asked about the off-season Fields made it clear his mind is only on one thing, “This game is the most important thing to me right now. The Olympians will come to Farnham with a strong squad but we have real pedigree in our ranks and until the final whistle goes our complete focus is on this game and this game only.”
Farnham Knights versus London Olympians kicks off at 14:30 on Sunday 19th August at Farnham Rugby Club, Wilkinson Way, Farnham. Entry and parking is free, with a fully licensed bar and refreshments available within the clubhouse. We welcome all new fans, potential players and prospective sponsors to the game, and hope to see you all on Sunday.