American football: Allen puts Monarchs back on target

The London Monarchs bounced back from last week's debacle against Barcelona to keep their World League season alive with a 16-8 victory over the Scottish Claymores at Stamford Bridge yesterday.

Even debacle hardly covers last week's remarkable match, in which they had led 30-7 at the interval only to lose 37-32. ''We needed to show some character this week, and the team responded,'' the Monarchs' head coach, Lionel Taylor, said. ''Now if we are able to keep that going for the rest of the season, we could be in good shape.''

London's offense, the source of many of the team's problems, had a more balanced and confident look. Despite suffering an early interception, their quarterback, Stan White, played with poise, engineering a 66-yard drive which culminated in Clive Allen's 30-yard field goal.

White was forced out of the game with a shoulder injury, and his replacement, Preston Jones, made the most dramatic of entrances. On his first play the former Philadelphia Eagle threw a 29-yard scoring pass to Larry Stallworth to extend the lead.

Meanwhile, Allen has began to find his feet on the gridiron. The former round ball specialist made a slow start to his American football career, but he seems to have established his rhythm. Two more field goals, from 20 and 27 yards, plus an extra point, meant the man who was more used to playing soccer on this ground, was successful on all four of his attempts.

''The pressure situations don't bother me because I've been there before,'' he said. ''The guys have helped me a lot, I've worked hard in training, and now have confidence in what I'm doing, which showed today.''

No Monarchs game is complete without some late drama, and yesterday was true to form. With the London 16-0 ahead and with time running out, the Claymores quarterback, Spence Fischer, finally executed an impressive drive which ended with Siran Stacey's one-yard score.

When London failed to move the ball, the Claymores took possession at their own 45-yard line with two minutes remaining. An outstanding catch by Scott Couper took them within six yards of the end zone, but a final defensive stand and a costly Claymores penalty saw the relieved Monarchs to safety.

It was nail-biting stuff, but the Monarchs deserved a victory which means they are still in contention for a place in next month's championship game.

News
Disruption at Waterloo after a person was hit by a train
newsCancellations and disrupted service after person hit by train
Arts and Entertainment
music
Arts and Entertainment
The almost deserted Liverpool Echo Arena on Monday
tvCan X Factor last in the face of plummeting numbers auditioning
News
Kirsty Bertarelli is launching a singing career with an album of songs detailing her observations of “real life”
news
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Photographer / Floorplanner / Domestic Energy Assessor

£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Photographer/ Floor planner /...

Ashdown Group: Front-End Developer - Surrey - £40,000

£30000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Front-End Developer - Guildford/Craw...

Recruitment Genius: Customer Service Assistant

£13500 - £15000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Customer Service Assistant is...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Executive - OTE £35,000

£16000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An ambitious and motivated Sale...

Day In a Page

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence