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  18 June 2017 - Falcons make it 2 : 1 against Sandwell  
  11 June 2017 - Falcons shut out Bulls  
  4 June 2017 - Falcons control Jets  
  21 May 2017 - Falcons take revenge  
  7 May 2017 - Steelers win by a short head  
  30 April 2017 - Falcons go to Coventry...  
  27 April 2017 - The season begins  
  30 January 2017 - Falcons get into training  
  23 January 2017 - Q&A with Noel Cassar  
  19 January 2017 - Local Rivalries for Falcons in 2017  
  18 January 2017 - Falcons Announce New Coaching Lineup For 2017  
  3 April 2016 - Leicester Riders  
18 Jun 2017

Falcons make it 2 : 1 against Sandwell

Leicester Falcons 42 - Sandwell Steelers 0

Leicester Falcons produced a fantastic all around performance to overcome their close rivals Sandwell Steelers 42-0 on Sunday at Leicester Road. The victory, their fourth in a row, keeps the pressure on division leaders Nottingham Caesars as the business end of the season approaches.

Sandwell missed their starting quarterback Callum Davidson, who was injured for this match, and replacement Joseph Reynolds threw an interception with his first pass attempt of the game to Falcons linebacker Parm Sidhu. Leicester were unable to capitalise on this however, and the two teams exchanged punts throughout the first quarter. The Falcons had the better of possession but their best drive ended in a turnover following a fumbled snap. Sandwell leant on the power running of James Jones-Cross but were unable to get into the Falcons' red zone.

As the second quarter began Falcons running back Nat Eaves ripped off a long touchdown run that was called back for a penalty. Following a deep pass to Joe Brammer, Eaves scored the touchdown on that drive anyway, going over from three yards. The conversion attempt was blocked to give the Falcons a 6-0 lead. Sandwell were unable to move the ball as Leicester deployed an extra linebacker to halt the running game, daring Reynolds to go deep, to little success. As the half wound down Leicester scored again, Troy Lee Jackson throwing to fullback Adam Gumbs from 7 yards, to go into halftime with a 12-0 lead.

In the second half the Falcons started to run away with it. Jackson added two more touchdown passes, to Jack Verling from 29 yards and Ashton Clarke-Jackman, who took a short pass and sprinted through acres of space for a 30 yard score. The Steelers responded with their longest drive of the game, but it ended when Leicester linebacker Rob Rees sacked the quarterback and forced a fumble which was recovered by the Falcons. On the subsequent drive running back Tolu Ogundana broke away for a 38 yard rushing touchdown and a 34-0 lead. Towards the end the Falcons began to use some of their depth players but still managed to add another score, Sebastian Sansom making the interception and returning it for the team's first defensive touchdown of the year.

The win keeps the Falcons in second place in their division, creating a two-game gap between themselves and Sandwell in third. Next up for the Falcons is an away trip to Birmingham Bulls in two weeks, before welcoming leaders Nottingham Caesars to Leicester Road on Saturday 8th July (kick off 6pm). The two upcoming games against the Caesars will be crucial to decide who wins the division and gets the best playoff seeding.

 
11 Jun 2017

Falcons shut out the Bulls

Leicester Falcons 30 - Birmingham Bulls 0

Leicester Falcons recorded their third win in a row against an out of sorts Birmingham Bulls side on Sunday at Leicester Road. The win leapfrogs the Falcons into second place in the BAFA NFC1 South.

Birmingham received the opening kick off and drove down the field behind the power running of running back Marc Bonazebi. After being held in the red zone, Birmingham attempted the field goal but the kick was blocked by the Falcons' defensive line. Leicester's offence took a little while to get going, perhaps missing leading touchdown scorer Taylor Brown who sat out injured, and struggled to move the ball in the first quarter, Falcons QB Troy Lee Jackson giving away a fumble at the end of their longest drive of the quarter. The Falcons defence stayed strong however and the Bulls struggled to move the ball, Joel Gregoire among the defenders who made tackles for a loss.

In the second quarter Jackson threw an interception but then finally found the breakthrough, throwing to a wide-open Dan Burton from 32 yards for the first touchdown of the day, with Tolu Ogundana adding the two-point conversion. Birmingham had one last shot at points to end the half but put a long field goal wide left and the Falcons went into halftime 8-0 up.

The second half was all Leicester, however. To open the half Leicester put together a long drive which was finished off by running back Nat Eaves who ploughed over from one yard out, then Jackson threw to leading receiver Jack Verling from 20 yards, who capped a 100 yard day with his touchdown. Adam Edwards added the conversion to make the score 24-0. Birmingham quarterback Richard Wilde was completely shut down by the Falcons pass rush with Bill Hefford recording a sack and a half. Relief quarterback AJ Mepstead entered the game and added a touchdown pass of his own, throwing from 20 yards to young receiver Ross Wilson who scored his first Falcons touchdown and making the final score 30-0. The Falcons defence have now recorded back to back shut outs, with the offence scoring 30 or more in every game this season.

Next week is a crucial match for the Falcons as they take on closest rivals Sandwell Steelers. The Falcons have won one and lost one against their opponents already this season and this final clash is sure to be a close-run thing, both sides needing a win to keep the pressure on division leaders Nottingham Caesars. Kick off on Sunday 18th June is at 3pm at Leicester Road Stadium.

 
4 Jun 2017

Falcons control the Jets

Leicester Falcons 32 : Coventry Jets 0

Leicester Falcons recorded a convincing win against local rivals Coventry Jets at Leicester Road Stadium, Hinckley. The win keeps the Falcons in touch with their playoff rivals in the BAFA NFC1 South.

The Falcons began the game well, keeping up their record of scoring on their opening drive in every game so far this season. Leading touchdown scorer Taylor Brown wasted no time in taking a jet sweep run 45 yards to the house, and Nat Eaves added the two-point conversion to take a quick 8-0 lead. The Falcons defensive line was dominant, led by Oleg Stroi and Luke Geary who consistently made tackles in the backfield, and Coventry were unable to get anything going on offence. As the second quarter began Falcons QB Troy Lee Jackson engineered a long drive down the field, mixing short passes with runs from Nat Eaves, and completed a 30 yard touchdown pass to Dan Burton for the Falcons' second score. Due to heavy rain the Falcons elected to forego their kicking game, instead electing for two-point conversion attempts each time, and managed to be successful every time. On the subsequent possession a poor Jets punt gave the Falcons a short field, and Brown ran over from a yard out for his second of the game and a 24 point lead.

In the second half replacement QB AJ Mepsted stepped in to lead the offence after Jackson opted to play it safe following a knock at the end of the first half. On his first drive of the game fullback Adam Gumbs ripped off a huge 30 yard run, then Mepsted passed to Jack Verling who came down with the ball inches from the goal line. Brown ran over for his hattrick and the conversion from Eaves made the score 32-0. Coventry tried to respond, but were held every time by a spirited Falcons defence. As the fourth quarter began they engineered a drive into the red-zone but cornerback Dan Smith came up big with an interception of Jets QB James Southall, and successive punts by both teams ended the game.

The Falcons' next game is on Sunday 11th June, as Birmingham Bulls visit Leicester Road. Kick off is 3pm.

 
21 May 2017

Falcons take revenge

Leicester Falcons obtained revenge for their previous defeat as they overcame Sandwell Steelers 31-13 at Wolverhampton Rugby Club. The hugely important win keeps the Falcons in the playoff chase with a run of home games to come.

Sandwell drew first blood, engineering a long drive down the field behind running back James Jones-Cross, but were stopped in the red zone and took a short field goal for 3 points. Leicester equalised on their subsequent possession, a big pass from Falcons quarterback Troy Lee to Taylor Brown making up the majority of the yards, but also came up short and Dan Burton, who had a 100% kick success ratio on the day, kicked the tying points. The Steelers kept the pressure up and immediately threw a long touchdown pass from Callum Davidson to Josh Lawrence to end the first quarter leading 10-3.

In the second quarter the Steelers were knocking on the door of the Falcons goal line again, but recent acquisition Dom Olney came up with an important interception on the goal line to end the Steelers momentum. On the very next play Troy Lee linked up with his fellow University of Derby alumni Kyren Watts, throwing a quick bubble screen pass which Watts took 65 yards for the touchdown. Sandwell got the ball back, but not for long, as two plays later Davidson threw his second interception, this time to Falcons cornerback Dan Smith. Running back Nat Eaves wasted no time in bulldozing through the Steelers defence for a 22 yard score and, just like that, the Falcons found themselves in front 17-10. Sandwell tried to end the half with another score but were stopped by linebacker Parm Sidhu, who marked his return from injury with a juggling interception.

The third quarter was scoreless and one for the defences, Falcons receiver Jack Verling coming closest to scoring but couldn't quite control a deep pass in the end zone. At the beginning of the fourth quarter Sandwell added another field goal to keep the pressure on the Falcons, but Leicester responded with a big play, Lee throwing to Watts in what would have been a carbon-copy of his earlier touchdown but for accidentally stepping on the sideline ten yards out. The Falcons scored on this drive anyway, quarterback Troy Lee keeping the ball himself on an option run to make the score 24-13. The Falcons linebackers came up big on the subsequent drive, effectively removing the Steelers running game, and forced the Steelers into punting. Taylor Brown added a late rushing touchdown to make the game safe.

Next up for the Falcons are three games at home, beginning on 4th June when they take on Coventry Jets in the “M69 bowl”. The Falcons play at Leicester Road Stadium, Hinckley, and ticket information is available on www.leicesterfalcons.co.uk.

 
7 May 2017

Steelers win by a short head

Leicester Falcons were stunned by a second half comeback from division favourites Sandwell Steelers on Sunday, after storming into an early lead. In a spectacular game that was a great advert for British Gridiron Leicester came up just short in a high-scoring encounter at Tipton Sports Academy.

The match began in the best possible circumstances for the Falcons, with gadget player Taylor Brown immediately running for a big gain, and RB Nat Eaves pounding over from ten yards for his first score of the season. The defence stepped up to prevent a Sandwell score, with Dan Smith breaking up a pass in the end zone on fourth down, and Leicester immediately scored again. Troy Lee threw a deep pass to Jack Verling for 85 yards on the first play of the drive, and at this point the Falcons were up 14-0 having played four offensive plays. Taylor Brown added a touchdown of his own before the end of the quarter to give the Falcons a 21-0 lead. Sandwell cut the score to 21-7 at the start of the second quarter via a long touchdown pass from QB Callum Davidson, but the Falcons defence held firm after that to give Leicester the halftime lead.

As the second half began, a special teams error allowed Steelers to pull a score back, but the Falcons immediately hit back with a score of their own, Taylor Brown running a jet sweep and running 60 yards for the touchdown. Both defences were looking tired at this point in the 20 degree heat and before the quarter ended both teams had scored again via rushing plays, James Jones-Cross for the Steelers and Brown completing his hat-trick for the Falcons. At the end of the third quarter the score was 35-20 to the Falcons.

Sandwell deserved credit for keeping the pressure up on offence despite their deficit and scored again at the start of the third quarter, Davidson passing to rookie wide receiver Luke Thompson to cut the gap to one score. Leicester’s offence failed to get anything going and were forced into punting, and Sandwell used their next drive to score their fifth touchdown, missing the extra point to give Leicester a single point lead. Troy Lee led a long drive down field thanks to an outstanding if fortunate catch from Jack Verling, controlling the ball after it had ricocheted off his feet, but gambled with the fourth down attempt inside the red zone and came up just short. Sandwell elected to take a deliberate safety, giving them better field position at the expense of two points, and Leicester had to defend a 37-34 lead with four minutes left on the clock. Davidson and Jones-Cross engineered a long drive down the field to force the ball over the goalline with just seconds remaining to take the exciting but agonising match 42-37.

The defeat, the first since August 2015, leaves the Falcons in third place in their division, albeit having played fewer games than their rivals. Leicester will get a chance for revenge in two weeks as their next match is also away to Sandwell before a run of home games in June.

 
30 Apr 2017

Falcons go to Coventry...

...and win 48:12. Leicester Falcons opened their 2017 season with a win over their local rivals Coventry Jets on Sunday, at Bedworth Rugby Club. The game was close until the final quarter where the Falcons stepped up a gear and scored 35 unanswered points to take home the victory.

Leicester began well, scoring on their opening drive. The Falcons ran the ball well using running back Nat Eaves (No 32 left) before quarterback Troy Lee threw his first touchdown pass of the year to receiver Jack Verling (No 18 left) for a 32 yard score. Coventry hit straight back however, with Jets QB Dom Olney immediately throwing a long touchdown pass. The Falcons countered this with another score of their own on their subsequent possession, Lee this time throwing a short screen pass to Taylor Brown (right) who took advantage of some poor tackling to run 67 yards for the touchdown.

From this point the defences stepped up, and the Falcons’ offence began to stumble. Coventry scored through another Dom Olney pass to make the score 13-12, and nearly took the lead after a long drive before halftime but were stopped after Falcons cornerback Matt Thomas made a spectacular interception in the end zone, taking the ball right out of his marker’s hands. The Falcons went in at half time leading by a single point.

The third quarter was error-strewn on both sides, with neither offence making much ground. Coventry had the better of possession and, after a turnover gave the Jets good field position, they managed to move the ball right to Leicester’s goal line. They gambled and elected to go for the touchdown instead of making a field goal kick, and were stopped on fourth down by defensive tackle Thompson Oludairo. This seemed to give the Falcons a confidence kick, and on the subsequent possession they marched the full length of the field before Troy Lee connected with Taylor Brown (No 3 right) for the second time, making the score 20-12.

In the fourth quarter Brown proved he could play defence as well as offence, making a stunning one-handed interception while filling in at linebacker and returning the ball to the Jets’ one-yard line. On the next play running back Tolu Ogundana punched the ball home for the Falcons’ fourth touchdown of the day, and once Jack Verling produced an athletic catch in the end zone on the next drive the game started to look safe for Leicester. In the closing minutes quarterback AJ Mepsted took the reins of the offence and added two more TD passes, to Joe Brammer and Verling for his hat-trick.

MVP for the Falcons was Taylor Brown, who scored two touchdowns for over 100 yards receiving as well as his interception. Defensive MVP was awarded to defensive lineman Oleg Stroi who consistently disrupted the Jets’ backfield.

Leicester Falcons’ next game is on Sunday and likely to prove a much tougher affair as they travel to Tipton to take on the early division leaders Sandwell Steelers. A win here will undoubtedly make the Falcons favourites for the division.

Left - Taylor Brown (3) running in for his touchdown. Right - Running back Tolu Ogundana (41) breaking through a tackle

 
27 Apr 2017

The season begins

Leicester Falcons begin their 2017 season on Sunday, and hopes are high that the club can obtain a second consecutive promotion following their unbeaten 2016. After dominating the British American Football League division 2 (North) last year, the club have further improved their squad and have a place in the BAFA Premier League in their sights.

This season the Falcons will play in BAFA Division 1 NFC South, which is effectively a ‘midlands’ conference as the team will go up against Birmingham Bulls, Coventry Jets, Nottingham Caesars and Sandwell Steelers. The local rivalries in these games is sure to create some exciting match ups. Leicester’s campaign begins away to Coventry, then travel to Tipton for two games against the Steelers before hosting their first home game on June 4th, against Coventry at Leicester Road Stadium. The club will play in Hinckley for a third season and plan on providing once again one of the best gameday experiences in British American Football, with cheerleaders and a live DJ.

“I am very excited and confident ahead of this season” shared General Manager Guy Kersey. “We want to provide and entertainment and exciting match day experience and want the people of Hinckley and Leicester to get behind us for another great season.”

Taking over Head Coach duties this season is Noel Cassar, who joined the team from the successful university side Derby Braves.
“All the teams in our Division are strong teams which should create some great competitive games” said coach Cassar. “We can compete and beat any team on our day if we prepare correctly and everyone is ready to play.”

Stars on the offensive side of the ball include American quarterback Troy Lee, who joined the team this year after meeting Coach Cassar at the University of Derby. Last season’s leading touchdown scorer, running back Nat Eaves, is back with the team and hoping to add to his touchdown record. Wide receiver Jack Verling, who led the team in yards in 2016, is also returning.

The defence is led by player-coach Wayne Gumbs, who plays safety, the last line of defence. The defensive side of the ball is making history this season as, for the first time, two women have made the final squad. Ofure Ugiabe and Emma Taylor both come from a rugby background and will be playing at linebacker, the tough physical position in the centre of the defence.

Leicester’s first game will be against local rivals Coventry Jets at Bedworth Rugby Club, Coventry on Sunday 30th April. Kick off is 1pm.

General Manager - Guy Kersey – 07976 762983 guy@esatech.eu
Press officer – Joel Pearson – 07774 325942 coachjoelpearson@live.co.uk

Jack Verling scores in the Falcons' preseason match against Oxford Saints.

 
30 Jan 2017

Falcons get into training

Leicester Falcons held their first session of the new year on Saturday 28th January, open to both returning players and rookies. Over 50 aspiring players turned up to be put through their paces by Head Coach, Noel Cassar, and GM, Guy Kersey. "I was impressed with not just the turnout but the quality on display" said Kersey. "We have had these camps every year and I think this is the best intake, with some great prospects to push the returning players".

The Falcons will host one more rookie session this Saturday, Feb 4th, starting 11:30 at Saffron Lane Athletics Stadium.

 
23 Jan 2017

Q&A with Noel Cassar

We sat down with new Head Coach Noel Cassar to get his views on football, the upcoming season and the NFL.

Why did you want to come to Leicester?
'
Its my next step for me after 4 years as head coach at Derby Braves (University of Derby). I wanted to get involved with a local Senior team, and after speaking to Guy the Falcons were the perfect fit for me.'

What's your offensive philosophy?
'To score more than we concede! To play every down like it’s your last and give 100. To play fast attacking football (pass on first down…. Run on 3rd and long) '

And for defence?
'3 Downs and out... Speed kills.'

What does a typical training session look like?
'Warm up, Fitness, Indy’s, O Install, D install, O v D, 7x7, Special teams, Warm Down, Home. Midweek Classroom sessions and a Saturday Walkthrough before games.'

How do you rate the team's chances this year? What do you think of our opponents this year?
'All the teams in our Division are strong teams which should create some great competitive games, we can compete and beat any team on our day if we prepare correctly and everyone is ready to play.'

What was your position as a player?
'I started football life as a linebacker before moving to offensive line.'

Who's your NFL team?
'49ers ……we will leave that there!'

Who's going to win the Superbowl this year?
'Heart says Atlanta……Head is saying New England.'

What’s the best football movie?
'The Waterboy'

 
19 Jan 2017

Local Rivalries for Falcons in 2017

Leicester Falcons' opponents for the 2017 season have been announced as Nottingham Caesars, Sandwell Steelers, Birmingham Bulls and Coventry Jets.

The Falcons have met Nottingham and Birmingham a number of times over the years, most recently in 2012, always creating entertaining games. The Falcons were in fact formed from a nucleus of Caesars players back in 2006.

Sandwell Steelers have played the Falcons most recently, being division opponents in 2015. The two met for three thrilling close games, with the Steelers eventually eliminating the Falcons from the playoffs 21-6.

Coventry, despite being the Falcons' nearest team geographically, have never been in the same division as Leicester. National Champions back in 2008, the Jets and Falcons have a number of players in common, notably defensive coordinator Wayne Gumbs.

image courtesy Covenry Jets

 
18 Jan 2017

Falcons Announce New Coaching Lineup For 2017

The Leicester Falcons are proud to announce their new coaching line up for 2017. In the off season, following his second championship season, Head Coach Lester Hopewell has decided to step down from his position, so he can spend more time with his family. All of us at the Falcons would like to thank him and wish him all the very best in the future. Replacing Coach Hopewell will be Noel Cassar (right), who was special teams coach in 2016, but has head coach experience at BUCS Premier University of Derby Braves.

Coach Cassar introduced his tough style of coaching to the team at this years awards presentation. Following an impressive rookie season as Defensive Coordinator Coach Wayne Gumbs remains in place and is looking to build on an impressive 2016 where his unit only conceded 50 points in 13 games including 9 shut outs.

Returning with Coach Wayne will be Andy Davis returning as Linebackers coach. Re-joining this formidable unit will be Defensive Line Coach Bernie Hackshaw, A legend of Britball who has a better Salsa move than Victor Cruz. Bernie played alongside Coach Cassar at the Nottingham Hoods and Coach Gumbs at Coventry Jets, as well as several seasons as a Falcon.

On the Offensive side of the ball, there is a new OC in position to replace Stuart Franklin, but we cannot announce who this is at this stage, but they have a wealth of international experience, and will have the challenge of managing this high power offence who scored 50 points on a number of occasions last season.

Incoming Offensive Line coach will be Richard Barratt who Coach Cassar has brought in from Derby. Richard played with GM Guy Kersey at their East Midlands rivals Nottingham Caesars. Ady Edwards will be returning as running backs coach alongside Guy Kersey as a double act to help guide this talented group. Also on offence is wide receivers coach Andy Plant, a longtime Falcons receiver who will be passing on his wealth of experience to this group.

See Noel's views on the game and the season

 

 
3 Apr 2016

Leicester Riders

Sunday saw the first event of the Leicester Falcons partnership with the Leicester Riders basketball team. Twenty of the Falcons were introduced to the 2000 crowd at the game where the Riders convincingly beat Plymouth. General Manager, Guy Kersey, was interviewed on the court and the players walked the crowd handing out flyers to an eager audience.