GAME 2: V LEICESTER FALCONS

Vs. LEICESTER FALCONS
Oakengates Athletics Stadium April 24th

The Shropshire Revolution lost their second straight game of the season at home on Sunday going down 42-0 to the Leicester Falcons.

After finishing strongly against the Staffordshire Surge last week the Revolution game plan was to make a quick start and put an early score on the board.

However, the Revolution’s opening drive resulted in a punt and Leicester needed only two plays to register their first touchdown of 2016.

It was a body blow for the Revolution who looked visibly stunned and any chance of getting back on track was derailed by a very physical Falcons defence.

The Revolution was missing a few key players on offence and defence and it showed as the Falcons powered on adding another two touchdowns.

The second half was again where it started to click for the Revolution and a number of well-worked plays resulted in positive yards.

But just when it looked like they might score Leicester kept shutting the door and forcing the Revolution back.

A couple of injuries meant that rookie players had to step up. They did, and to their credit held their own against a team who wouldn’t look out of place in Division 1 or higher.

The Revolution defence made some key plays and forced Leicester into a couple of turnovers. But the offence weren’t able to turn them into scores.

Despite the obvious disappointment felt right the way through the Revolution camp it’s not all doom and gloom. The team is going through a rebuilding phase and with the calibre of players the club has the future looks bright.

With a new play book to learn, new coaches and another influx of rookies the team is looking ahead long term rather than short term for the time being.

The Revolution’s last league win was back in August 2014 when they beat Peterborough Saxons 28-0 at home. They have the chance to snap the losing streak against Humber Warhawks at home in two weeks and get their 2016 campaign back on track.

Offensive coordinator Neil Holtschke has been proud of the attitude the players have shown and expects the losing streak to be broken very soon.

Holtschke said: “Tough day at the office. We were well beaten Sunday but we were against a highly experienced team. The guys have seen today the level we are working towards ourselves, but we are only just starting out on our journey.”