Match Report: Leeds Beckett Carneige 31–0 UCLan Rams

By Jake Hartley-Moore - Reporter

UCLan Rams were subjected to their biggest defeat of the season after a classy Leeds side completed the double over the Preston side with a 31-0 win.

Despite gaining a play-off spot last week, the Rams knew that a victory could gain them a more favourable draw for the play-offs.

However, their four-game winning streak ended abruptly as the Rams crumbled under the pressure.

Craig McGinley got the Rams off to a flying start as on the kick return he managed to drive down the right hand side for a huge 65-yard gain.

McGinley and Yu-Joe Lewis Lai were providing a solid defence for the Rams as McGinley continued to stop the Leeds QB, as he tried running the outside of the Rams defence.

However, though Leeds persistence would soon break the Rams as through several running plays, they were able to break through the middle of the Rams defensive line and get six points on the board.

Leeds then failed to convert their two-point conversion.

McGinlay was then involved in a howler which immediately put the Rams into danger. As the kick return came to the cornerback, the ball hit his foot and allowed for Leeds to latch onto the ball and get inside the Rams Red Zone.

Leeds then had their second touchdown in as many minutes as they battled their way through the Rams scrimmage to take a 12–0 lead. Leeds then followed up with a two-point conversion to go into half time with a 14–0 lead

As the second half got underway the Rams offence were still not making any real advancements, with both Chris Littler and Adam “Fresh” Bamber both being shut out by the Leeds defence.

It soon went from bad to worse as Leeds shortly into the second half got their third touchdown. Once again they battled their way through the Rams defence to bundle over the line for them to go 20–0.

Leeds failed with their PAT firing it under the bar.

As the Rams started to find momentum with QB Josh Mills sailing a beautiful 22 yard for captain Bamber catching sensationally, Leeds would then soon strike the final nail in the coffin.

A well-set up Leeds offence meant that the Leeds inside backer fooled the Rams defence, allowing him to cruise home Leeds fourth touchdown round the outside of a lacklustre Rams defence.

Leeds then converted their two-point conversion to make it 28–0.

Rams’ misery was then complete as Carneige converted a 26-yard field goal to go 31–0, as the Rams failed to score for the first time this season.

UClAN Rams will travel to Sheffield Hallam on Sunday, for their first play-off game as they face Hallam for the third time. Both sides have won their respective away fixture of this game.

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