Game 1: STORM WIN 46 – 6

9th April 2017

Morecambe Bay Storm at Northumberland Lightning, Ashington Rugby Club

Final Score: STORM 46 – 6 LIGHTNING


The Morecambe Bay Storm travelled to the North East to play the Northumberland Lightning at Ashington Rugby Club. Despite a three hour journey and it being the hottest day of the year at 20°C it was the visiting side who came away with the win 46 to 6. This was the rookie outfits first ever league fixture and proved to be a memorable match.

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“Football is about momentum” said Coach Fairhurst “you create your own momentum. From the kick-off we out-hit, out-tackled, out-ran and out-hustled the opposition on Offense, Defense and Special teams… that set the tone for the first half of the game built on the momentum we generated in the initial opening plays of the game.”

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Offensively Quarterback Mayne completed 16 passes with 4 each being snagged by Wide Receivers Adam Horrobin and John Littlejohn. Mayne finished the game with 5 Touchdowns… 4 from completions and 1 from a rush. Dion Feather taking 3 Touchdown catches, John Littlejohn and Mark Baldwin with one each and Rick Schuttenbeld adding a defensive fumble return. 6 of the Storm’s receivers enjoyed the open air attack as Mayne spread the ball around stretching the Lightning horizontally and vertically. The success in passing the football was only due to tremendous blocking by the Storm’s Offensive Lineman who kept the Lightning defense at bay all afternoon.

It was an impressive performance by the Defense. Stand-out players were Defensive Backs Chris Aldred, Michael Stone and Matthew Berrington each with a pick, while Jim Mawson contributed to the total with three picks of his own. The Defensive Line harried the Lightning’s Quarterback with Sacks from Rian Eaton, Tom Smith and Greg Callejon. Middle Linebacker Rob Bainbridge put some hard hits on the opponents receivers when they crossed centre field.

On Special Teams Kicker Tom Smith pinned the Lightning deep within their own territory with some deep kick-offs and Dion Feather also contributed with a 60 yard kick return.

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Most Valuable Player awards went to Dion Feather [Game] Chris Mayne [Offense], Chris Aldred [Defense] and Tom Smith [Special Teams].

“We’ve come a long way in a short space of time and this is a fantastic achievement by everyone involved with the club…it is a moment to savour and enjoy as it’s something very special and well desreved.” reflected Coach Fairhurst.
Looking forward to the Storm’s next fixture against local rivals the Walney Terriers on 23rd April in the Battle of the Bay, Coach Fairhurst is pragmatic “We have to review the game film, assess who is carrying an injury or can’t make the next game, and refocus. Walney are a tough team who also won their first game of the season. We need to put together a game plan to beat their dominating defensive front seven and hard-nosed rushing ground attack. We may have a few players injured from last Sunday but we also have some returning who could not play against the Lightning”

The Storm have moved to Trimpell Sports and Social Club for training as well as hosting home games. Practices are Thursday evening 7pm to 9-30pm and Sunday afternoons… The Storm are still recruiting so come down and give it a try.