Last Saturday the Bulls youth team travel to Telford to take part in their second tournament of the 2016 season. With Sandwell unable to participate, the tournament was reduced to three teams and three games.
All images courtesy of Garry Griffiths, ThreeFiveThree Photography.
The first game saw the hosts Shropshire Revolution go down 27-13 to Tamworth Phoenix. It was then time for the Bulls to take the field against Tamworth, in a game that was a bit of a classic.
Tamworth started with the ball and on the 3rd play Joe Coleman took the ball 20 yards to open the scoring, 6-0 to Phoenix. The Bulls then marched downfield and capped off a fine drive with a touchdown of their own, on a 5 yard pass from Matt Cotter to Ben Wildman. On the next drive Tamworth moved the ball well, but the Bulls took over following a fine interception by Michael Wathen which was returned to the Phoenix 4 yard line. The very next play Matt Cotter and Ben Wildman connected again for the TD, and the Bulls lead 12-6.
Both teams then exchanged possession before Phoenix QB Luke Fearn hit Tom Hart on a short pass, the running back then took it 30 yards to tie the game up at 12-12. The half ended without any further scoring.
The Bulls started the second half in fine style, 2 good runs and they were knocking on the door again, and on the 3rd play Matt Cotter hit Adam Dyche for an 18-12 Bulls lead. However it was short lived as Phoenix drew level on a 12 yard run by Joe Coleman. The Bulls offence retook the field and 4 plays later were back in the lead, 24-18, thanks to a 15 yard TD run by Josh Ekwulugo. 5 plays later and it’s 24-24, Joe Coleman going over for his 3rd TD run of the day.
Time was now running out, and the Bulls ended an 8 play drive with a 3 yard pass from Matt Cotter to Ben Wildman, 30-24 to the Bulls with less than 2 minutes to play. Phoenix still had time though so nobody was taking anything for granted. But up stepped Michael Wathen with the big play on defence, intercepting a pass on his own 1 yard line. On the very next play, the ball is handed to Josh Eklulugo, who evades the tackles and finds daylight, and scampers 39 yards for the TD. Matt Cotter then hits Nick Crean for the extra point (the only successful XP in 10 attempts in the game). Bulls lead 37-24!The ‘Nix were not done yet, as long as there was time on the clock they were not giving up, and they quickly moved the ball to midfield, but on the final play Michael Wathen came up with his 3rd interception of the game, and returned it 35 yards for his first ever pick 6. Final score 43-24. Wow!
Now it was time to take on Shropshire Revolution, and the Bulls took all the momentum from the previous victory into this game, Josh Ekwulugo scampering 35 yards for a TD on the first play of the game, extra point is good (Matt Cotter pass to Ben Wildman). Rev then took over and made steady progress during an 8 play drive, but the Bulls D held firm and the ball was turned over on downs. Adam Dyche then took a turn in the backfield and on the 2nd play of the drive took it 25 yards to the endzone, and again the extra point is good (Matt Cotter pass to Adam Dyche), and the score is 14-0.
Following a 4 and out by Revolution the Bulls move the ball well, and score again on a pass from Matt Cotter to Adam Dyche – the same pair combine for the extra point and it’s 21-0. That’s how the half ended.
Revolution begin the half controlling the ball well, but fail to score following a 7 play drive, and shortly afterwards Adam Dyche sprints 6 yards for his 3rd TD of the game, the XP is no good and the score is 27-0. Both teams then go 4 and out before Revolution take over again, but Jim Brown of the Bulls picks off a pass and returns it to the 7 yard line. 2 plays later Raval Bath hits Nick Crean for the score, and then successfully hooks up with Ben Wildman for the extra point. 34-0 to the Bulls and that is how it ended.
So 2 very physical and competitive games played, and 2 hard fought victories earned, moving the Bulls to 5-1 for the season. A big thank you to our supporters who made the trip to cheer on the lads, it really does make a difference, and is hugely appreciated by everyone
Next up we travel to Tamworth on 18 June 2016 along with the Birmingham Lions. More details to be posted nearer the date.