Old Crossleyans 25 pts v Carlisle 9 pts

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North 2 East League

Saturday, 25th October 2008

On only their second ever visit to Broomfield, Carlisle were looking for a repeat of last season when they eclipsed their hosts by one point.  Given the very windy conditions, but with no rain, and a good firm pitch, the Warwick Road side will be very disappointed to come away from Halifax with nothing to show for their efforts!

From the outset, Carlisle took the match to their hosts and gave then a torrid time, keeping them in defence for 80% of the opening period.  The worrying thing for Carlisle must be their failure to turn their regular forward dominance into points.

 

Bobby Sherlock jumps up in the line. Aiden Day & Steve Stamper looking on

Bobby Sherlock jumps up in the line. Aiden Day & Steve Stamper looking on

Such was the frustration of the home defence at being menaced in their own backyard, they found themselves nine points in arrears from three well taken penalties by stand off, Glen Weightman in the first fifteen minutes.

Weightman had the chance to add another but the wind helped the ball wide of the posts.  This was followed by a flourish from the “Crocs” before their fly half, Chris Jones was binned for a dangerous tackle just over the half hour mark.

Glen Weightman lines up a penalty with James Clark & Tom Graham ready to follow up

Glen Weightman lines up a penalty with James Clark & Tom Graham ready to follow up

 

 

With a minute to go for the break, Crossleyans reduced the arrears with a try wide out on the right despite protests that the ball had very clearly been knocked on.  No conversion, and Carlisle were looking good value for their lead at that stage.

 

Tactics at half time

Tactics at half time

 

In the second half Carlisle continued to play reasonably well for little return, and despite ample possession soon found themselves in arrears largely through some poor handling that was giving advantage away.   Within three minutes of the restart they conceded a converted try at the posts with a penalty added on fifty minutes.

 

Despite their relative inexperience it was youngsters in the side who caught the eye;  hooker Tom Graham is fast earning himself a reputation as a capable replacement for big brother Joe, now with Tynedale.  Chris Harris, still at Trinity School, is improving with every game and with the right support on and off the field, is a great prospect.  Both tried hard to generate a return for their side.

 

Chris Harris

Chris Harris

 

 

 

Tom Graham

Tom Graham

 

 

 

 

Carlisle were still in with a chance but the game finally slipped away just after the seventy minute mark when the “crocs” were awarded a penalty – the ball struck the offside post, bounced back in field, and the follow up allowed Crossleyans another converted try.  In the closing embers of the match another penalty gave the result a rather false picture of what was, overall, an entertaining fixture.

 

The men from Warwick Road will need to add a little more finesse to their game if the season has not to turn sour on them.  It’s OK playing quite good rugby, but in the final analysis, the points on the board decide success or otherwise!