HUGHES OUT WITH MEDIAL KNEE DAMAGE

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Carlisle make only one change to the team for the crunch derby game at Bower Park on Saturday.

Scrum half Tim Hughes  left the field last week against Billingham with a medial knee ligament injury.  That means that the diminutive Hughes has probably played his last game of the season for the Warwick Road outfit.  He if off to New Zealand in mid October for 12 months!

His place goes to George Graham  who has been creeping up the pecking order having come through the club youth and colts programme.  Glen Weightman who booted 15 points from penalties last week is the half back partner for Graham.

The only other change is on the bench,  Barry Earl gives way to Chad Hawley.

Coach, Richard Metcalf will be hoping for an improvement after the disappointing reverse against league new comers Billingham.  The first half display gave some cause for optimism and more of the same will be acceptable, although in the second half of that game, Carlisle lost their way a little.

The lads have been working hard in training this week and will be anxious to impress.The Crusaders opened their league game with a win against a strong West Hartlepool XV in the Candy League but have a day off this week with no league match, and ‘friendly’ fixtures hard to come by! The Hornets entertain Creighton in the Cumbria Shield League and will be looking to open their account after missing out narrowly last week by 17 pts to 15 pts at Bleach Green against Egremont who apparently fielded a senior XV!