Revolution still in playoff hunt


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The Shropshire Revolution is still on course to make the playoffs after securing a 26-6 road win against the 0-8 Lincolnshire Bombers.

It was do or die for the Revolution, as losing would have certainly ended any postseason hopes. Coming off the back of a resounding victory against Staffordshire Surge the previous week (42-0) the Revolution were in a buoyant mood.

It was a slow start for the away side and on the opening drive a Kris Doody fumble with the end zone in sight gave the ball straight back to Lincolnshire.

Minutes later the Bombers defence intercepted quarterback Rich Mantle’s pass. A score looked certain but a speedy Doody made up for his earlier error with a touchdown saving tackle.

The Bombers could do little with the great field position and after the Revolution defence held firm Lincolnshire tried to get on the board with a field goal, which was blocked.

Shropshire finally made the breakthrough towards the end of the first quarter when Mantle found inform wide receiver Mark Phillips for his ninth touchdown of the season. The extra point was missed and the Rev was up 6-0. The defence then stepped in and forced a fumble for a two-point safety edging them further in front.

Another turnover by the Revolution gave the ball to Lincolnshire, but again they were unable to capitalise on the opportunity. Early in the second quarter the Revolution added another score. Defensive back Lee Burnside intercepted the ball and used his quick feet to beat off opposing defenders and find the end zone.

It wasn’t pretty by the Revolution, but they were getting the job done, which at this point in the season is all that matters. Shropshire running back Andy Charman was having a brilliant game making yards with each carry. He finished the game with 15 carries for 106 yards.

Veteran receiver Sean Austin made it 20-0 with a great catch and run and it looked like Shropshire would finally put the game to bed.

Phillips who is favourite for this season’s offensive MVP, scored his second touchdown and tenth for the season. Phillips now has 25 receptions for a staggering 457 yards, averaging 18 yards per reception.

Lincolnshire did manage a glimmer of hope when they jumped on a loose ball to make it 26-6 but that was as close as they got and Shropshire ran out winners.

The Bombers, to their credit, made Shropshire work hard for their win and in fairness should have got more from the game. However, Shropshire are starting to gel as a unit, and hitting their stride at the right time.

Shropshire’s final league game is away to Humber Warhawks in two weeks and a win would give them three wins on the bounce and post season football for the first time since 2014.

It’s unclear whom they’ll be playing at this stage, but when the fixtures are announced it will more than likely be another trip up North.

Check back here soon for images from the game courtesy of Rev photographer Mike Dean.

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