AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Storm end season with defeat
6:00am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Sport
SWINDON Storm suffered last-minute heartbreak in their final game of their first competitive season as they went down 14-13 away at Bournemouth Bobcats.
In a game where both teams initially struggled for offensive yards due to wet weather, Storm led 13-6 going into the final minutes thanks to two second-half touchdowns.
But as time ticked down the home side were able to work their way into the end zone, before converting a two point try to win the game. Storm had a minute to try to respond, but were unable to get anything going as they ended their first season 3-7.
Head coach Nick White is proud of his side’s seventh place finish in National South, but admitted the game against the Bobcats was one his side believe they should have won.
“I suppose many people thought we were favourites for this game, but Bournemouth were just really up for it after an awful season which has been ruined by a lack of numbers,” he said.
“They were desperate for a win and it was very physical, and it was very even all the way through until the last few seconds.
“Neither team got things going on the offence but we were able to get into the end zone twice to make it 13-6, and that was a lead we were hoping to hold onto but it wasn’t to be.
“We tried to manage the clock and get it run down, but Bournemouth came up with a really good fourth down play and the two point conversion left us only a minute and we couldn’t come back.
“It was tough to take and it felt like a really long game with so many penalties, and there were plenty of frustrations in there too because we found it hard to move the ball, so to lose it on a two point try was really hard.”
Despite ending their campaign with a defeat, White insisted the season was full of positives as they past all expectations.
“I know we finished with a loss but we’ve finished on a high too because we have past all the expectations for a new team in the league,” he said.
“We’ve finished above a few established teams who have been playing a while, and the lads have done us all proud.
“Finishing seventh is great for us and we would have taken that before the start of the season with both ends because we weren’t expected to win a thing.
“We finished above Oxford too, and that’s never a bad thing.”