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Venue confirmed for GB Lions vs Russia

(article originally appeared on BAFA website: https://www.britishamericanfootball.org/news/venue-confirmed-for-gb-lions-vs-russia)

Tilsley Park in Abingdon set to host GB Lions men’s contact vs Russia on 19 October

The GB Lions men’s contact team have two qualifying pool games later this year for the next IFAF European Championships – at home to Russia in October and away to Sweden in early November.

BAFA are delighted to confirm that the venue for the home game against Russia on 19 October will be Tilsley Park in Abingdon, also home of the Oxford Saints.

With ample parking and great facilities for spectators and players, the 4G surface at the stadium reduces the risk of interference from wet British weather.

Operations Director Steve Rains said: “We are very grateful to Chris Warren from the Saints who gave us the lead on this venue a couple of weeks ago. Tilsley Park are very keen to be a destination for high profile American Football events and it’s a perfect location for this game. We hope this is the start of a great future relationship between BAFA and the venue.

The stadium can seat 500 spectators with a further 500 standing so it would be great to see the whole football community get behind the Lions in their quest to reach the top four play-off group for 2020.”




Saints Back to Winning Ways | Game Summary

Date: May 12th, 2019
Location: Bulmershe Court, Reading
Final Score: Oxford 24 – 12 Berkshire

The Oxford Saints secured their first win of the 2019 campaign with a hard fought victory away to the Berkshire Renegades.

Oxford set the tone early with an important interception by DB Michael Bird to stop Berkshire’s first drive and give the Saints good field position. From there James Sharples, returning to the starting QB position after missing the first two games, found WR Chris Daniels in the end zone to put the Saints 7-0 ahead.

Berkshire soon struck back however the Saints special teams unit blocked the extra point attempt which meant that Oxford retained a 7-6 advantage at the half.

Both defences held strong for a few drive in the 3rd quarter until team captain Sam Stancombe intercepted a pass front eh Berkshire QB and ran it in for a TD giving the Saints a 14-6 lead. Berkshire again stuck back with a few long passes which got them within two however once an again the Saints defence held on to stop them converting keeping the score to 14-12 in Saints favour.

From there the Saints defence took control with some great run defence as well as multiple interceptions to keep Berkshire’s offence off the field. Saints offence took advantage of the defence’s efforts with Tony Glover running in for a TD to make the score 21-12. Kicker Charlie Hill capped off a solid day with an impressive 34 yard FG to make the final score Saints 24 Berkshire 12.

Next up for the Saints is a home game against league leaders the Hertfordshire Cheetahs at Tilsley Park, Abingdon on the 26th May.