Banshees wail as Thrashers soar
Without adverse weather conditions the Hampshire offence and defence both got to showcase their talents with a dominating 41-12 victory.
Hampshire started with a 22 yard rush by rookie Joe Kennard. Dom Williams added the PAT to open the scoring at 7-0. The Banshees had no reply and were hounded all day by a Thrasher’s defence that forced 6 Gloucester turnovers.
The Banshees seemed unable to contain Hampshire receiver Kyle Latore. The second year receiver continually finding himself open underneath the Gloucester coverage and converting the short passes in to comfortable gains. The Thrashers scored 3 more passing touchdowns in the half, Nick Watson connecting twice with Latore and once to Chris Taylor who had newly converted to receiver from cornerback. Williams connected on 2 of the PAT kicks to end the half at 27-0.
Running back Rich Bloomer opened Hampshire’s account in the third quarter. Another turnover gave the offence the ball in favourable position and Rich Bloomer converted this in to a 4 yard rushing touchdown. The PAT was successful to leave a 33-0 score line.
The Banshees finally got on the scoreboard late in the 3rd quarter and doubled this early in the 4th. Neither conversion was successful but they had reduced the margin to 33-12.
Controlling the clock the Thrasher’s running game provided another score as Joe Kennard raced for his second touchdown. Nick Watson completed the scoring with a short run around the left tackle to add the 2 point conversion and close the game at 41-12.