Saints on Tour!
This SATURDAY the Oxford Saints are playing the Cornish Sharks on the road in the last game of our regular season, following a a 43-24 victory over the Newquay team earlier in the year.
The Saints and the Sharks have played each other many times before but competed in separate divisions in 2014.
In 2013 the Sharks dealt a heavy blow to an Oxford side which travelled down south with a small squad, resulting in a 52-0 loss.
This year we have a completely different team and are pleased to report that at least 40 players have made arrangements for the road trip, with many staying down for the weekend to enjoy the location.
Oxford VS Cornwall – 17 May 2015
Following wins over Torbay and Bristol, the Saints suffered a big loss in game 3 against the Swindon Storm, on 3rd May.
Looking to bounce back and sporting their new alternative blue kit, Oxford hosted the Cornish Sharks two weeks later and secured the 3rd win of the season. The game remained competitive for the first half with a dominant display from the Saints defense and two spectatular TD catches by veteran wide receiver Sam Armstrong.
With the score 17-15 to Cornwall at half time, Oxford came out in the 3rd quarter and utilised their powerful run game. Strong performances from James Walter, Kev Brooks, Mike Oluwole and Ryan Kingshott allowed the Saints offense to move the ball on the ground with ease.
Apart from a kick return for a score by the Sharks, the 2nd half was mostly all-saints, as the home team claimed a 43-24 victory.
The Saints earned 434 yards in total whereas the Sharks notched up only 170.
James Walter had 15 carries for 147 yards and 2 touchdowns whilst Sam Armstrong led the receivers with 3 receptions for 72 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Quarterback Ben Denton attempted 11 passes and completed 7 for 130 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
You can read the full game report here.
(photo by Gareth Brown)
Oxford’s Previous Game – 42-13 Victory over Swindon
The Saints last saw action on 5th July with a home re-match against local rivals, the Swindon Storm. Oxford were keen to finish their set of home games with a win over Swindon and there was a score to settle after Oxford’s defeat by the Storm earlier in the season.
The Saints controlled the game and the defense put in another dominant display, landing four sacks on Swindon quarterback Greg Roscow and repeatedly shut down their offense.
Oxford’s own offense continued to run riot, with unstoppable running from James Walter and Grant Tebb.
You can read the full game report here and view the video highlights below.
Cornwall’s Previous Game – 24-20 Defeat to Bristol
On the day that Oxford was earning some revenge over Swindon, the Sharks were just an hour up the road doing battle with conference leaders, the Bristol Apache.
Reports show that the game was extremely close and was nearly an upset win for the Sharks, with Bristol pulling back victory in the closing moments of the contest.
The Sharks suffered heavy defeats from Oxford and Bristol earlier in the season but it appears they have reorganised their offense and are ready to challenge anyone they play.
SFCW – Division II
Pos Team W L PF PA Streak 1 Bristol Apache 8 1 340 159 W8 2 Oxford Saints 6 3 280 211 L1 3 Cornish Sharks 4 4 168 131 W1 4 Swindon Storm 3 5 245 252 L3 5 Jurassic Coast Raptors 0 2 0 113 L2
SFCW – Division II
|5||Jurassic Coast Raptors||0||2||0||113||L2|
When Oxford last faced Cornwall, they appeared to have travelled with a fairly small squad but it is well known that the Sharks are often stronger when playing at home.
The Saints will need to execute well and deliver a strong performance on both sides of the ball to claim a win over the Sharks in their own waters.
Throughout the week the Saints coaching staff and players will continue to evaluate scout film of the Sharks, in preparation for the rematch.
Quarterback Ben Denton, playing his first year at the position, has several more games under his belt since the last contest against Cornwall and continues to build his great relationship with his offensive line and Oxford’s stable of dangerous runningbacks.
The James Walter/Grant Tebb duo continues to be successful, with both players possessing great abilities to break tackles and make huge plays.
With rookies also earning considerable game time on both offense and defense, this final game of the regular season will be an important outing as the Saints prepare for the playoffs and plan the depth chart for post-season football.
A win over the Sharks will leave Oxford with a 6-2 record. Having already qualified for the playoffs, the Saints are now hunting for a more advantageous ‘playoff seeding’ and a victory on Saturday is needed.
(photo by Chris Janes)
We’re on the road to Newquay but if you are travelling down with the team to see us in action, please use the address below.
If you can’t make it, be sure to follow us on twitter @oxfordsaints for live score updates!
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