Carlisle 9 v Morpeth 7

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Saturday, 24th January 2009

Two more points on the climb up the North 2 East table was a just outcome for Carlisle from a tense and powerful battle at Warwick Road.  About the only thing in common between the two clubs, was the fact that they had both sufferred destruction and devastation on a massive scale in recent years, at the hands of severe flooding.

Carlisle were forced into making some changes to their starting line up.  Lock Aidan Day was still feeling a shoulder injury that forced him off at Driffield; Martin Grealish deputised.  Lee Brumpton had pulled out after a training  mishap and Mark Barron moved to eight with Matt Charters moving from the wing to flanker.  Ross Olney, back from injury, slotted in on the wing.

Morpeth arrived in the city obviously bouyed by their win in the game in the north east earlier in the season, when they comfortably dealt with a feeble Carlisle challenge.  How different is was this time though!  Although Morpeth had the benefit of the early exchanges, they were unable to breach the Carlisle defence.

Within 10 minutes, the city side really got into their stride and kept Morpeth busy in defence as they tried hard to breach the line with some powerful upfield surges.  Although not playing particularly well, the pack did enough to suggest that tries would be the eventual outcome.  Lengthy periods in the Morpeth 22 area were frustrated by an equally determined defence that  managed to keep the home XV at bay.

Carlisle should have done more to press home an advantage, with the cause being helped when the visitors were down to at least fourteen men, and on occasions thirteen players,  because Morpeth seemed to enjoy populating the sin bin throughout the game – with four visits in all!

Carlisle had to rely on the boot of fly half, Glen Weightman who slotted a penalty on twenty minutes, although he missed two others, one either side!

Winger Ross Olney waits for an opportunity.

Winger Ross Olney waits for an opportunity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The game  slipped into the first half injury period and it looked as though the Warwick Road men would have to settle for a slim advantage at that point.  But, as happened in Yorkshire last week, lapses in concentration allowed Morpeth up field for the first time since the opening minutes;  and aided by some sloppy tackling, Stewart Hills, their left winger touched down and fly half Matthew Jinks added the conversion bonus.

Half time – game really on at 3 pts to 7 pts!

In the second half Carlisle turned up the tempo and continued to take the game to Morpeth but were unable to turn their clear superiority into points, a problem that they have encountered in many games this season.

On forty six minutes they relied on Weightman to close the gap with another penalty before losing scrum half George Graham with a head injury.  He was replaced by Max Connon, a youngster tasting senior rugby for the first time. Connon produced an encouraging display for his first outing, and his probing and sleight of movement clearly confused his opponents on occasions and in support of the cause.

Max Connon (18) waiting for an opportunity!

Max Connon (18) waiting for an opportunity!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Max Connon after his promising debut.

Max Connon after his promising debut.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weightman had the opportunity to add to his points tally with another penalty on the seventy minute mark but put attempt fell well short.  Carlisle applied huge pressure on the Morpeth line in the closing stages of the match to try and give the scoreline a reflection of their effort, but the best they could muster was another penalty from Weightman.

Perhaps not a pretty game, but Carlisle deserved their victory, albeit a narrow one.

 

Line out seriority - Nigel Arismandez takes the ball.

Line out seriority - Nigel Arismandez takes the ball.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More action from the Morpeth game.

More action from the Morpeth game.