The Bombers bounced back from the disappointment of an opening day defeat to the Shropshire Revolution to pick up their first win of the 2017 season with a confidence-inspiring victory over the Crewe Railroaders.
After the previous week's slow start (trailing 28-0 at the half) the Bombers this time were the ones firing out of the blocks. After the Railroaders received the kick, a high snap over the visiting quarterback's head was recovered in the end zone by the Crewe signal caller, but he was mobbed moments later by the charging Bombers defence who picked up a safety on the opening drive of the game.
Then, following the kick, the offence too immediately put points on the board in their first drive. A short pass to receiver Russell Moore was taken to the house with blockers out in front to marshal him to the end zone as the Bombers extended their lead to 9-0.
Another successful three-and-out from the defence was again capitalised on by the offence - a long drive resulting in a field goal to put the Bombers 12-0 up in the first quarter. When running back Jack Paddison broke through the Railroaders defence once more to build the lead to 19-0 it seemed as though the Bombers might be on their way to putting up 50 points, however, the Bombers took their foot off the gas and allowed the visitors to slow the rate of scoring. A dogged Railroaders drive, punctuated by some tough running – including direct from an oversized replacement 'quarterback' was eventually bundled into the endzone to reduce the deficit at half-time to 19-7.
The match developed into a steady pattern with the home defence keeping the visitors at bay and the offence driving well, only to shoot itself in the foot with avoidable penalties.
A kick return touchdown by Jack Paddison (which would've given the youngster a receiving touchdown, rushing touchdown and return touchdown within the first two weeks of the season) was called back, while another receiving touchdown for Russell Moore was chalked off through a hold. Neither of these drives ultimately ending with points on the board.
Eventually the Bombers dominance did tell and it was 'resurrected' quarterback Mike Sison, back from an ankle injury on Easter weekend, who ran it himself into the endzone from close quarters to take the score to 25-7.
With the offence settling to run the clock down, riding the man of the match performance from halfback Ross Wheatley, it was the defence and special teams who recorded the final honours. A fumbled punt by the Railroaders was recovered by Bomber hands on special teams before linebacker Adam Simeoni took an interception home to complete the scoring at 31-7. Plenty of positives for the Bombers to take from their first victory since 2015, but also plenty more to work on before the next match; a visit to the Staffordshire Surge in mid May. In particular, cleaning up the 100+ yards of penalties accrued during the game.