Under 14’s v Northern 12th Oct. 2008

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The second game of the season again away in the North East and another fine win. This was the classic ‘game of two halves’! Northern dominated the early phases of the game in all areas with strog driving runs from their excellent back row who worked well alongside and in support of a slick back line. The result was a first half lead of 19-0 to the home side with tries from Otis Marston, Chris Ure and George Renwick 2 of these tries were converted by Tommy Williams. 

After the break Carlisle appeared to have woken up and started to compete more agressively at the contact area with good work by Chris Marsh, Harry Manton and excellent Jordan Morrison. This brought immediate reward with a well worked try for Jack Mitchell after a powerful forward surge by Joe Goddard, Dean Kirsopp added the conversion. 

Northern responded with a break down the right only culminating in a kick ahead, Oliver Armstrong picked up the kick and spun it out wide to the right where Jack Walker burst onto the ball and delivered a short ball to Scott Hogarth on the outside, with a lot to do he ran round the full back for a fine team try, Dean Kirsopp added the conversion. 

Carlisle really had the bit between their teeth now and surged forward from the restart, Thomas Carlyle making good ground before putting Dean Kirsopp in at the corner. Dean then stepped up for a difficult conversion to maintain is 100% kicking record on the day and for the season, the kick went sailing over and Carlisle were ahead 19-21. 

With 6 minutes to go the game was far from over and Northern once again responded, but now Carlisle were not to be denied the victory, a Northren attack down the left broke down, Carlsile forward were there in numbers hunting for the ball, Andrew Glendinning  kicked through to put the full back under pressure, the onrushing Stuart Cannon and Thomas Carlyle applied more pressure and the ball squirted out over the Northern line, Daniel Fairclough dived forward and touched down for the match winning try in the corner. Dean Kirsopp once again stroked a sublime kick between the upright to make it the perfect finish.

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