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8th league game: vs Chester Romans 6 – 77
The game was also the annual fund raiser hosted by the Romans. The Romans chosen charity has been Cicra (Colitis in Children Research Association) and players from both teams sported the charity’s colours of red and blue with odd game socks and some fetching face paint. Struggling with injuries, the Terriers made the long trip south with a depleted squad, but they were here to have some fun and continue their debut season. The Romans were far from charitable on the field though, attempting to sign off with a dominant performance.
Terriers struggled all game to move the ball and by half time were losing 50-0. It was soon to be a crushing defeat and the reduced Terriers players with most having to play ‘iron man’ football (players playing both Offense and Defense) it wasn’t soon before the struggling Terriers were not only lacking in player numbers but stamina due to the work load. Terriers battered not only by the experienced Chester side who were top of the NW division last year, but also by the backend of Hurricane Bertha. A late surge from an interception by Alex McCall and a successful drive by rookie QB Pete Gunson and the only TD by a great pass from Gunson to Liam Bradbury meant the Terriers suffered another big loss.
Offense: Paul Bulmer
Defense: Matt Hall
7th league game: vs Crewe Railroaders 6 - 32
Crewe Railroaders travelled to Barrow looking for their first win of the season against the inexperienced Terriers. Terriers were also looking for their first win in their first year in the North West division. A good crowd of spectators turned out despite the heavy down pours of the Cumbrian summer weather which didn’t damper their support.
Both teams came out with different styles. A heavy run team of Crewe vs pass heavy Terrier formations. Terriers got off to a good start and held Crewe in picking up only a few first downs rushing. An early injury (ankle) to Gareth Jones QB put him out of the rest of the game in the 1st qtr. The Terriers offense took to both air and ground picking up several good drives but failed to score due to a mirage of mistakes. Terriers defense held strong throughout the first and 2 fumble recoveries from Defensive Coordinator Dave Oakley halted Crewe on 2 drives. The only score in first half coming from a Crewe running a short yardage TD. 2nd half the Terriers determined to get more yards on the ground came out running and again had several good Offensive drives before basic mistakes caused the Offense not to score with a couple of missed field goals attempted. Crewe did get their run game going and managed to rack up some spectacular rushing TDs both through the middle gaps of the Terriers Defensive line and round the end on sweep plays. Good field position for Crewe meant they only had half the field on most plays to attack. The Line-backers and Defensive Line of the Terriers failed to halt Crewe’s big run game and the Terriers Offense despite showing good drives spluttered in poor weather conditions and failed to capitalise on scoring opportunities. The only Terriers TD coming from a Lyam Denny interception returned which was a joy to watch.
Offense: Gaz Thomas
Defense: Dominic Fielding
6th league game: vs Merseyside Nighthawks 6 - 59
Terriers faced an uphill battle vs the undefeated NW divisional leaders the Nighthawks having the best Defense record in the division. The Terriers has a disastrous start when Nighthawks returned the opening kick-off for a Touch Down (TD.) Terriers Offense had several good drives in 1st half but it wasn’t long before the dominant Nighthawks Offense had racked up 45 points by halftime. The only Terriers score coming from a TD lucky tipped pass from Gareth Jones to Mark Turner. The second half didn’t start well for the Terriers with the Nighthawks adding 2 quick scores at the beginning of the 3rd. However that was to be all the Terriers Defense were prepared to give up and stopped the Nighthawks until end of the game. Terriers offense took to the air in the 3rd and 4th with several good passes from QB Jones utilising all the wide receivers to best advantage, unfortunately it wasn’t to be as a missed field goal and several good drives ended in interceptions meant the Terriers picked up another loss in their first rookie season. The 2nd half of the game was a great spectacle to watch as a football fan with big high passes and bone crunching tackles. The Terriers now take their experience from past few games and take on Crewe Railroaders this weekend with little time for any last minute prep. Both teams are in losing seasons so this game you do NOT want to miss with both fighting for the all-important first win of the season!
Offense: Mark Turner
Defense: Gareth Trufitt
5th league game: @ Staffordshire Surge 7 - 66
The Surge picked up the 3rd Win of their season in which they literally ran all over the Terriers in the worst defeat of the season so far for the rookie team. Surge came out in recognizable formations but the depleted Terriers defense failed to stop the Surge run and short pass game. Meanwhile on Offense suffering a makeshift offensive line and missing running backs Terriers O faltered to move the ball the correct way on the field. Various mistakes on Terriers special teams and turnovers made sure Surge came away with a comfortable victory with the Terriers only score coming from an incredible interception and 55yd return from safety Lyam Denny.
Offense: Ben Grainger
Defense: Jose Sequeira
4th league game: @ Home vs Chester Romans - 9 - 36
The sun came out and the Terriers came out to play ball hosting the Chester Romans the previous season’s conference champions. A hard fought first half the Terriers Defense clamped down making up for the heavy defeat against the Titans 2 weeks before with Romans only scoring 2 TD’s and a 2 and 1 point conversion. New CB Matt Studt came out in the Green and Gold for first time and managed to get his first interception. Meanwhile the Terriers Offense showed glimmers of improvement with a counter running play TD by Liam Bradbury meant the score at half time 6-15 and all to play for.
3rd qtr started bad for the Terriers with the Romans coming out with 2 deep passing TD’s and 1 running TD caught the Terriers Defense out early on. The Terriers Offense managed a few successful running drives and the elusive ‘Reggie’ proving very hard to stop for the Romans but came up short on several drives. Only an impressive 38yd field goal kick by Ste Soulsby in the 3rd finished the game off for both sides shutting each other down in the 4th and special mention in the 4th to the Terriers D-line who played hard football to stop the Romans run game.
The final score 9 – 36. Both teams congratulated each other on a great game of football on both sides of the ball and the Terriers improving each game played.
Offense: Dimeji Ademiju (reggie)
Defense: Paul Bulmer
3nd game: @ Home vs Manchester Titans - 0 - 54
Titans away game and the Terriers 1st home game ever, a strong 200+ spectators turned out along with a glorious Sundays sunshine, unfortunately the Terriers didn’t turn up until the 2nd half and by that time the damage had already been done by one of the UKs strongest division 2 teams with a 42-0 lead and 4 touchdown throws by the heavy pass teamed Titans. 2nd half the Terriers came out a different side with a strong Defense focussing on the game only conceding twice and the Offense unlucky to fail at 2 goal line touchdowns. Terriers now have 3 weeks to focus on rebuilding the side and recuperating there loss putting experience and learning at the forefront of training and preparing for the Chester Romans game.
Offense: Liam Bradbury
Defense: Cam Arnold
2nd game: @ Merseyside Nighthawks - 13 - 33
After the Terriers wakeup call against the Titans a week before. Terriers only down 1TD at the end of the first half thanks to a TD pass from Gareth Jones to Dimeji Ademiju. After the halftime Terriers continued to improve with some great running from Dimeji and Tom Atkinson and found their 2nd TD from Liam Bradbury.
The Nighthawks came back with several late TDs in the 4th to put the game just out of reach from the much improved Terriers.
Offense: Mark Turner
Defense: Jamie Falcon
1st game: @ Manchester Titans - 13 - 52
Terriers got a taste of what the rookie team are up against in their first ever season game in the BAFANL league taking on a big defeat against the strong sided TITANS. Terriers got of to a bad start with only a TD pass from Gareth Jones to Ben Richardson at the end of the first half Terriers trailing 6-36. Second half, a much improved Defense come out with a TD from Jones to Liam Bradbury but the Titans to far ahead for the Terriers to come back from. Mention to Steven Soulsby who kicked his first ever official ball through the posts (he has waited 3 long years to complete a PAT!)
Offense: Ben Richardson
Defense: Dominic Fielding
WE DID IT!!!
THE TERRIERS ARE OFFICIALLY A BAFA LEAGUE TEAM!
We're proud to announce that as of 11am this morning we'll be playing in the BAFA league starting in the 2014 season. This is what we've been working towards for nearly 2 years, and the fruits of that labour have paid off. Now the real work starts, to maintain our trajectory and become a competitive and feared team.
Our most heartfelt thanks go out to all those who have helped us get this far, including Barrow Sports Council, Barrow Borough Council, Hawcoat Park Sports Club, DC Presidents, Gateshead Senators, West Coast Trojans, Manchester Titans, Northumberland Lightning, Carlisle Border Reivers, the North West Evening Mail, our gameday and backroom staff, coaches and our players, BAFA and BAFRA as well all those who have contributed their time, effort, skills and experience in guiding us along the path to entering the league (special thanks to the ladies and their excellent cakes, and Mad Dog for his stall, PA and tirelessness!).
We must also give our sincerest thanks to our supporters who've turned out to all of our home games, and to those that were so committed to travelling with us to our away games.
There are probably names we've forgotten, so I reserve the right to edit this post when I get told off!
Here's to 2014!!! BRING IT ON!
NEXT GAME - AWAY
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Terriers training takes place every Sunday at Hawcoat Park Sports Club, Hawcoat Lane, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 4HF. We start at 13:00 and train until 16:10. We recruit all year round.
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