Renegades edge blustery encounter to take Varsity lead for Trent

On a very windswept 'field of dreams' at Clifton campus, the NTU Renegades came from behind to retain their Varsity crown and give NTU a 2-1 lead in this years' series after 3 events.

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The American Football results give NTU a lead for the first time in Varsity 2014!

On a very windswept 'field of dreams' at Clifton campus, the NTU Renegades came from behind to retain their Varsity crown and give NTU a 2-1 lead in this years' series after three events.

After winning the toss, NTU elected to receive, but their opening downs were characterised by some ill-discipline at the snap, and a lack of cohesion amongst the offence led to several five-yard penalties and quarterback Danny Miller getting sacked twice. NTU were made to pay by the UoN offence who powered over from two yards with their first set of possession to get the games' first touchdown. The extra point was added easily with the boot to give the visitors an early 7-0 lead.

The second quarter of the game, much like the first, was defined by a combination of strong defence and not so strong offence from both teams. The conditions made the long pass particularly difficult with both quarterbacks struggling to master the wind.

NTU's fortunes turned around the half hour mark. Determined running by Adam Hope in the offence and some huge hits by Eboda, Currie and Johansson-Otoo in defence pushed UoN deeper into their own territory. NTU's first touchdown came just after, 20 yards out, Miller found his accuracy and picked out Marcus Boswell in the far right corner for an easy take to bring the score back to 7-6. With the extra point missed, UoN held this slender lead going into half time.

If the NTU side of the first half had lacked some incisiveness, the NTU side of the second half certainly didn't. Inspired by some powerful runs by Hope, the NTU offensive linesmen began to dominate the UoN defence and Boswell took full advantage of to grab his second touchdown of the afternoon. A two-point conversion move driven into the end-zone by Pete Armstrong extended NTU's lead to 14-7.

A noticeable improvement in discipline and huge control of possession moved the game further under the control of NTU, and a 3rd touchdown was nothing less than the boys in pink deserved. Hope proved a menace for UoN once more, almost dancing through their backfield, before spectacularly forward rolling into the end-zone. Goncalves miscued his conversion attempt into the guts of UoN defence, literally, leaving the score at 20-7.

UoN found their way back into the game in the final quarter, but it seemed to be too little, too late. A strong spell of possession gained a lot of yards but a series of big hits by Currie eventually turned the football over. Quarterback Miller sent throw after throw out-wide with pinpoint accuracy to drive NTU to 1st and goal where clinical finishing from Adam Adeniji scored NTU's final touchdown of the game. The extras were missed but 26-7 meant the result was going in one direction only.

UoN did fashion one last play – with their quarterback thundering a 60yard pass to his wide receiver who took the pass with safe hands and strolled over to complete the move of the match, but with no time left on the clock, it proved nothing more than a consolation.

The score finished 26-13 on a day where NTU's quality and determination was a little too much for their opponents to handle. NTU's head coach said "It was a tight game to start off, we were good in our defence, but things didn't quite click with the offence. [I] Thought in the second half, we were a bit more relaxed and that allowed us to push forward and get the scores we needed. The job was a good'un."

The boys in pink improved constantly throughout the game and their comeback performance really merited victory and the result gives NTU a lead for the first time in Varsity 2014.

For more information about upcoming Varsity fixtures please visit our Varsity Pages or visit the official Notts Varsity web page. And, to view some great images from the game, simply check out our Flickr set today.

(Thank you to our volunteer - Adam Hemingway for sourcing the original match content).

Renegades edge blustery encounter to take Varsity lead for Trent

Published on 26 February 2014
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