Leicester Falcons got their season back on track away to the Leeds Bobcats, but they left it late.
The Falcons again started slowly and had to rely on the defence to keep them in the game when defensive end Austin Pantling leaped high to intercept the pass from the Bobcats Quarterback and sprint in for the Touchdown, the kick was unsuccessful leaving the Falcons 6-0 up.
Rookie running back Ashton Patterson was making great gains and moving the ball but then at the key moments they turned the ball over, by the end of the game the Falcons fumbled the ball five times.
For the second game running the Falcons Defence kept them in the game and kept the Bobcats to just over 100 yards of total offence, the only real blip was when a blown assignment allowed the Bobcats running back take the short pass and dash in for a 14 yard Touchdown and with the kick the Bobcats took the lead 7-6 going into half-time.
With the Falcons’ season hanging by a thread the coaches switched things up and went back to their trade mark smashmouth football.
Patterson and Steve O’Hare partnered in the backfield, and started carving inroads into the Bobcats Defence,
Patterson ending the game with stats of 19 carries for 134 yards and one Touchdown.
Ashton Clarke Jackman continued his Touchdown streak with a long touchdown taking the deep pass from Quarterback James Horn who was knocked out on the play.
This gave the Falcons a comfortable 20-7 lead.
The game ended as it began with the defence scoring its second Touchdown with captain Ron Mason intercepting the wayward pass and strolling into the end zone. This made the score respectable if not comfortable at 27-7.
However the Falcons have to improve their consistency for when they face Lincolnshire Bombers away on June 14.
With some potential new signings ahead of that game a win is a must to keep the pressure on with the top two playing each other.