Patriots bitten by Mosquitos as Welwyn Hatfield side win on first outing at new home

PUBLISHED: 09:19 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:19 25 May 2017

Welwyn Hatfield Mosquitos beat Kings Lynn Patriots in their opening game at the SFO sport centre.

Welwyn Hatfield Mosquitos beat Kings Lynn Patriots in their opening game at the SFO sport centre.

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Welwyn Hatfield Mosquitos produced a stunning comeback against Kings Lynn Patriots to mark their first home game at their new home with a 34-32 victory.

The club have moved to Sir Frederick Osborn’s Sport Centre for the new season and defeat looked a certainty when they trailed 25-6 in the third quarter.

But the Mosquitos were not to be denied and after narrowing the gap, a last-gasp touchdown on a fourth down secured the spoils.

Quarterback Finley Harris took the plaudits, throwing five touchdown passes in total.

The Patriots had beaten the Mosquitos a year ago and quickly raced into a two-score lead with the Mosquitos unable to get going on offence and only the defence keeping them in the game.

Their first score came through Matt Stickland as they finished 13-6 down at half-time.

A flying start to the third quarter by the Patriots’ offense saw them add another two scores and give them a 19-point lead.

At this point the Mosquitos’ running backs started to move the ball consistently down the field, setting up Harris to find Jason Neuman and Aaron Marshall with touchdown passes.

A two-point conversion by Stickland made the score 25-20 heading into the final quarter.

Again the Patriots offence struck early and made it a two-score game once more.

But a strong return by Steve Whitmarsh and a great running and passing drive got them quickly back in contention with another touchdown for Stickland.

Still a score down it was the defence’s time to shine as cornerback Rob Love snagged an interception and set up great field position for the Mosquitos.

Game MVP Harris then authored a passing drive to set up the game winning, fourth down TD from tight-end Neuman.

And the defence held firm for the final few plays to seal an epic comeback victory for the Mosquitos.

Chairman Chris Eastwood said: “It’s taken two years to get here but it’s a proud moment for everyone at the club.

“We’re delighted to get that first win under our belt and we’ll be fired up for our next home game against the Somerset Wyverns on June 10.

“The club is still growing and if you’d like to get involved in playing, coaching or the administration side of the club; we’d love to hear from you.”

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