The Shropshire Revolution were beaten 57-7 by the undefeated (4-0) Leicester Falcons on Sunday at Hinckley Football Stadium
Shropshire got off to a positive start stalling Leicester’s opening drive and forcing them to punt. The away side couldn’t make any positive yards themselves and Leicester regained possession.
Just as they’d done in their previous encounter earlier in the year the Falcons went to the air and scored with a passing touchdown.
From then on the floodgates opened and a deflated Revolution struggled to get into the game. Having scored freely in their last two games Shropshire found points hard to come by this time around.
It was a bad day at the office for quaterback Rich Mantle who threw four interceptions including two that were returned for touchdowns.
With a few players missing it did give Shropshire’s rookies a chance to move up the depth chart, and wide receivers Nick Snape and Ben Langford duly accepted with 2 catches for 17 yards and 3 for 16 yards respectively.
It was also a positive day for running back Matt Dudley who staked his claim for a starting spot with a solid performance, rushing 4 times for 14 yards and also making an impact on special teams.
The second half was a much better from the Revolution and they put together a couple of decent drives, one of which resulted in Mantle crossing the line for his second rushing touchdown of the season.
It was always going to be a tough match for the Revolution, especially in the warm weather. The Falcons who are on course to win the division will meet the Revolution one more time on July 3rd.
Next up for the Revolution is their home game against Staffordshire Surge on June 19th at Oakengates Leisure Centre. The match is billed as a charity game, which has been organised by the Revolution in support of Meningitis Now.
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