The King’s Lynn Patriots travelled to Reading for their first official game against the Berkshire Renegades on Sunday.
Despite a spirited performance, the Patriots lost 41–6 to the experienced Renegades. Offence had a nervous start which Berkshire capitalised on with an early touchdown. The Renegades’ defence dominated Lynn, holding them to a single touchdown.
Patriots’ Joe Barfoot made a 70-yard touchdown in the third quarter and received Offence’s Most Valuable Player award.
Lynn were plagued with injuries, while an inspired defence led by captain Jonny George kept the pressure on the Renegades’ offence. Richard Atherton was awarded Most Valued Player for his performance on the defence.
Coaches Jon Steward, Billy Martin and Roy Scales were pleased with the performance.
Steward said they gave a good account of themselves and showed a lot heart: “We are very proud of this team. There are a few things we will be working on to improve going forward towards the 2016 BAFA season.”
The Patriots are still looking for more players (18-plus). Website: www.kingslynnpatriots.com