Leicester Falcons took their unbeaten record to 5 this week following a convincing victory over the Leeds Bobcats; 36 – 13. With 2 more games left in the regular season, the Falcons have taken another step closer to the National Playoffs.
The Green Machine started off slowly and went behind to a young, athletic Leeds team. They moved with ease down the field, thanks to a number of missed tackles, before they finally smashed in from 5 yards out. This seemed to be the wake-up call for the Falcons Offence that had spluttered to this point. Leeds came out with an aggressive front on Defence and rushed everyone. This was a gamble that was paying off until the Running Back pair of Eaves and Patterson started to make headway and Quarter Back James Horn hit Alex McCormick to keep the chains moving. Finally Eaves, who is now back to full fitness, went in untouched from 5 yards, with Jackman adding the extra point to take a slender lead.
As with most of the games this year the Defence made adjustments and shut the one dimensional Leeds attack down. With some talented runners they had to play hard and there was some tough play from rookie Defensive Linemen, Tom Ball and Ryan Taylor. First game back from injury saw a stand out performance from Defensive Back, Ashwin Rana, who made a number of key solo tackles.
The Falcons started the second half with a slender one point lead, 7-6. Stuart Franklin came into the game at half time and went to the air a little more and connected with receivers Muanza and Jackman before Glenn Herring lept to score in the corner of the end zone and make the lead more comfortable. From this point on the Falcons were in control of the game and the Leeds team, full of talent but low in depth, started to tire. Eaves and Tino Charmaba were making sizeable runs and, not to be outdone by his younger teammates, Steve O’Hare smashed the ball in from a yard out to increase the margin. Even Veteran Quarterback Franklin darted in for a score.
Going into the 4th quarter the Falcons were using the opportunity to blood new players. But, if the Falcons thought they could take the foot off the gas, they were mistaken and Leeds broke off with a 60 yard run to close the deficit. This was soon negated when Eaves scored his second of the game breaking tackles and hurdling players to make the game safe.
This win takes the Falcons just one game away from securing a playoff spot but, should they win their last 2 games, we could see play off football for the first time in Hinckley. However, the next game will be the sternest test yet for the resurgent Falcons – away to table topping Sandwell Steelers who will be planning a coronation night as they will be crowned division champions if they win at home on Saturday night. The Green Machine will be planning to spoil that party.
The next home game will be the must win game against local rivals Lincolnshire Bombers, this could be your last chance to see the Falcons in action at the Leicester Road Stadium in 2015.