AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Rookies produce in Storm’s away victory

Swiindon Storm head coach Steve Bennett

Swiindon Storm head coach Steve Bennett

First published in Sport Swindon Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor, awarren@swindonadvertiser.co.uk, @AndyWarren_

SWINDON Storm showed their strength in depth as they won 38-6 at Torbay Trojans.

With the club’s second competitive season drawing to a close, head coach Steve Bennett opted to use a number of his rookie players away to the Trojans and was impressed with how they performed.

Storm were 13-6 but won at a canter in the final two quarters, with Bennett optimistic about the future of his rookie players.

“We were winning at half time and then made some adjustments after the break and managed to put the game to bed, which was very pleasing,” he said.

“We had a few problems with ball security and three fumbles, which normally would mean we lose the game, but we did well to put our house in order and come back with a win.

“We went through our full range of players so everyone got on the field, which was good too, and that was in offence, defence and special teams so it was a good day at the office.

“The rookies are coming along, although there is still a bit of a gap between our starters and our second strings, but they are going to go into development for 2015 now.

“We’ve got the off-season to work and we’ll run some special, extended, training sessions which will be good and hopefully they can improve.

“This year’s special teams players will now be competing for starting positions in the squad and then we will hopefully get a good new batch of players who can form special teams,”

Bennett already has an eye on next season as Storm again begin the recruitment process, even though they still have one league fixture remaining away at Cornish Sharks on August 17.

“We’re back into the recruitment process again really and we’re here if anyone wants to give the game a try,” he said.

“We’ll be running some sessions as well as courses for flag leaders and level one and two coaches, so it’s all pretty exciting.

“It’s been a good year for the club and hopefully there’s more to come.”

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