LJMU Fury couldn’t right their wrongs from game week eight as they faced another heavy defeat to the UCLAN Rams.
After last week’s massacre, the Fury were really looking to get their own back at JMO Sports Park. However, the triumphant Rams were able to do a number on their opponents once again to go 3-2 for the season leaving LJMU on 2-3 and their hopes of the play-offs in tatters.
The game got underway with the Rams receiving the ball. Restricted by strong winds, the away side utilised the run game, just as they did last week, and were able to get a touchdown on their first drive and get the kick after making it 7-0 after seven snaps.
Much like the week before Liverpool’s offence couldn’t get going early on and the Rams got the ball back. The QB went to the air this time and found the slot receiver who was able to run free into the endzone for back to back scores for the Rams. The away side went for the two-point conversion but failed to make a play leaving the score at 13-0.
The defence made a stand and let Harry Sackman and his offence get straight back onto the field. After gaining the momentum from the previous drive they were able to finish the drive with a passing touchdown to Pedro Botelho for his first of the game, the kick was converted, and the gap closed to 13-7.
The celebrations were cut short after an immediate reply from UCLAN with a touchdown pass from the QB that found a receiver in space making the game 19-7 after Fury blocked the kick the score stayed the same.
The Rams ended the first half in great form with another passing touchdown and two-point conversion making it 27-7. The following drive from Fury’s offence resulted in an interception and UCLAN kneeled the balled to end the half.
The second half was more of the same from both sides, Fury’s offence did start to make more plays but couldn’t find that killer finish that they needed. The Rams were able to continue adding to their already mounting lead, a touchdown early in the third quarter and a kick made it 34-7. A bad snap meant that there was heavy pressure on the Fury QB that resulted in a sack and an extra two points for Lancashire.
With the score at 36-7 the Rams bombardment continued after a fumble recovery in the endzone resulted in a touchdown to take the score to 42-7 the kick after was blocked.
Pedro Botelho did add to Fury’s point tally after spinning off the corner and running into the endzone for his second of the day and the game finished 42-13 to the visitors.
Now at 2-3 Fury will travel to Sheffield next week to take on the Hallam Warriors in hope to relight the form they had at the start of the season and come away with the victory.
By Jack Fisher