Dreadnoughts break duck with success at Hastings

Portsmouth Dreadnoughts enjoyed victory. Picture: Jason Brown/jasonbrownphotography.co.uk
Portsmouth Dreadnoughts enjoyed victory. Picture: Jason Brown/jasonbrownphotography.co.uk
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Delighted Portsmouth Dreadnoughts are celebrating after securing their first success in the British American Football Association National League.

The comprehensive 48-15 win at Hastings has given the team a huge boost, showing their training and hard work is paying off.

After jostling for position in the early stages, it was the home side who edged ahead.

They managed to capitalise on a short field and a blown coverage with a touchdown pass to make the score 8-0.

In need of a swing in momentum, Dreadnoughts running back George Slade took the ensuing kick-off back 80 yards to cut the deficit to 8-6.

Slade scored from running back but the PAT was no good – bringing the score to 12-8 to Portsmouth.

Rookie linebacker Richard Saxby added the third Dreadnoughts touchdown, with Will Purkiss following up by rushing for the two-point conversion to give them a 20-8 lead.

On the next Dreadnoughts drive, the running game again powered them towards the endzone, with team MVP Callum Murdoch leading the charge and scoring a touchdown in the corner.

The Dreadnoughts turned to Purkiss once more for the two-point conversion, giving them a half-time lead of 28-8.

After the interval, the next score was added by Stuart Rees but the conversion was missed.

Defensive back Joe Clulow left the field in an ambulance after taking a big hit.

Fortunately he was released from hospital that evening with no serious injury.

The Dreadnoughts pressed on despite the injury blow and Purkiss added another eight points, with a touchdown run and successful two-point conversion.

Offensive MVP Stuart Rees then scored his second touchdown.

Although Hastings had the final say, the Portsmouth side were comfortable winners.

The Dreadnoughts travel to Kent on June 14, with their next home game against Kent on July 5.