Red Tape Sees Mariners Crush The Titans

Sebastian Liggenstorfer reports on the UEL Titans defeat at home to league leaders, Greenwich Mariners.

Greenwich Mariners continued to steamroller their way through the London 2A division as the Titans failed to score a single point in a crushing 30-0 defeat.

However, there was a degree of controversy surrounding the game as it was supposed to be a home game for UEL, but the game had to move to Greenwich as the University of East London failed to notify the British Universities and Colleges Sport organisation (BUCS) about a change of date for the fixture.

UEL proposed to hold the game on Saturday the 13th of February, booked the field and the referees, but never told BUCS that the match had been changed from Sunday to a Saturday. As a consequence, the Mariners refused to play on Saturday because most of their first team players were unable to play that day.

The Mariners protested to BUCS about the fixture change¬ —which they won— and the game had to be held on Sunday at Greenwich as UEL couldn’t book a field for Sunday.

With the game now taking place on Sunday, the Titans lost out on the team’s star Quarterback, Tom Costello who was unable to attend the match.

The coaching staff and the players decided to play the game rather than forfeit in an attempt to spoil the Mariners undefeated season.

However, that failed to be the case as they lost 30-0. The Titans defence performed well throughout the game despite giving away 30 points, but the offense struggled to move the ball forward under reserve Quarterback Tommy Middleton.

The Titans are now 3-4 on the season and will have a chance to level their win-loss record with a victory against the City Sentinels on the final day of their season next Sunday.