Tornados beat Romans to boost their hopes of play-off success

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Burnley Tornados Juniors gave their play-off hopes a boost with victory at Chester.

The Tornados won the toss and chose to kick off.

The Tornados defense held firm and were able to get the ball back, but although Burnley were able to move the ball down field, an interception was was run back for a touchdown, and the successful conversion saw Chester 8-0 up at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was again very much controlled by the defense, with Anthony Tither again sacking the Romans quarterback.

The defensive line fought hard to stop the Romans making any progress, but the Tornado offense could not capitalise until Flynn Griffith got on the scoreboard with a punt return run, taking the Tornados to within two points.

The second quarter was stopped with just over four minutes left, due to an injury to a Romans player which required an ambulance.

The referees called for half-time in order for both teams to regroup and for the injured player to be treated.

After nearly an hour’s break, the team applauded the injured player as he left for hospital, regrouped and were back on the field to finish off the remaining minutes.

Chester moved the ball down to the one yard line, but thhe defensive players stepped up and stopped them scoring.

This would be the turning point of the game.

The third quarter saw the Tornados drive down field and second half quarterback Will Robertshaw was able to hand off the ball to Griffith to get good field advantage for the Tornados.

The running plays enabled Robertshaw to perform a quarterback sneak and run in for a touchdown as Tornados led 12-8.

The fourth quarter saw the only points being scored by the Tornados, as once again Griffith ran back a punt and scored his second touchdown of the game.

Matt Bates then caught the conversion in the endzone, taking the score to 20-8.

The Tornados held firm as a team and Ben Dyer was able to recover a fumbled ball on the 10 yard line.

Xavier Sutcliffe then caught an interception, but as the clock ticked down no-one was able to score.

The MVPs were Griffith, Sutcliffe and George Flesher.

The win means that if the Tornados can secure a win this week, away at Chorley Buccaneers, then the Tornados have a very good chance of making it to the play-off semi finals.

Anyone wanting to join can attend training tomorrow at Holt House, Colne or check out the website www.tornadosafc.com for more details.