THE scoreline was as one-sided as the game suggests as Pathfinders cruised past a lacklustre Bedford side to book their place in the British American Football League play-offs.
Their 54-0 win over the Blue Raiders, plus a defeat for the Dundee Hurricanes, booked a tough clash against top seeds West Coast Trojans for a place in the National Finals in September.
Going into the game the Pathfinders were aware that only a win would keep their play off dreams alive and that they have never previously recorded a win against the Beds team.
But after a nervous first quarter that ended 0-0, MK opened up the scoring via running back Ben Marshall Williams with a scorching 50 yard touchdown. From there the floodgates opened and Pathfinders asserted their dominance over the Blue Raiders in their own back yard.
Further touchdowns would follow in the first half from De’Angelo Laland and defensive players Chris Parr and Matt Woollard – the hulking figure of Woollard running home was declared by one fan as MK’s own alternative to William ‘The Fridge’ Perry of the Chicago Bears fame.
This gave the Pathfinders a 28-0 lead at half time and put them in pole position to achieve their play-off target.
In the second half there was time for Pathfinders’ rookies to make their mark on the game. Dave Anthony and Nathan Jackson did just that – both receiving quality passes from quarterback Mike Keogh as Pathfinders extended their lead with two quick touchdowns, all but guaranteeing their clash with Glasgow.
As Bedford tired later in the game, MK racked up the score further as Neil Arthur latched on to a Andy Plant pass and Rick Price powered his way in for their eighth touchdown. And the scoreline could have been even greater, but for five touchdowns being disallowed for various infringements.
The game ended 54-0 to Pathfinders but they were still made to wait on other results before celebrating. And later that afternoon the perfect news came in to cap a very good day for the team as the West Coast Trojans comfortably beat the Dundee Hurricanes – a result which put Dundee out of the play-off contention and confirmed Pathfinders’ in the final spot.
Pathfinders ended the regular season in Division Two East in third place, with a good record of seven wins, two defeats and one draw – trailing only the Essex Spartans and Kent Exiles.
The squad will now travel up to Scotland later this month to play top seeds West Coast Trojans in Glasgow on August 28 where a win will see them compete in the National Finals in September.