Driffield 20 v Carlisle 20

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Saturday, 20th January 2009

For Carlisle this was a point dropped rather than a point gained.  This previously twice postponed match was one Carlisle should, and could have won, albeit that in the early stages it was the home side that took the game to the city outfit and kept them in their own 22 area for a spell.  Driffield, having had at least the benefit of some rugby in recent weeks, looked more mobile from the off, whereas Carlisle, having their first outing for five weeks, looked a little unsteady during the intitial exchanges.

Carlisle started the game with changes to the original selection after training mishaps on Thursday evening.

Action from the Driffield v Carlisle match

Action from the Driffield v Carlisle match

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carlisle gradually got their game together but not before their hosts edged in front with a try on eight minutes, increasing the advantage to eight points with a penalty on twenty two minutes. This was the catalyst that spurred Carlisle into a more positive mood, although the pack was disrupted when lock Aidan Day had to leave the field to be replaced by Martin Grealish. The home side were kept on the back foot with consistent pressure from Carlisle and after some good work by second row, Nigel Arismandez, he got the ball to fly half Glen Weightman who flat footed a couple of defenders to touch down wide on the right, before adding a difficult conversion.  A couple of minutes on, he added a penalty to edge his side ahead.

Young Weightman was having a good game with some intelligent distribution and touch kicking, but his overall game was inexplicably marred by his failure to land three relatively easy penalty kicks whilst succeeding with more difficult efforts.

Glen Weightman - spectators man of the match.

Glen Weightman - spectators man of the match.

 

Heading for the break, Carlisle looked good value for their lead, only to be thwarted four minutes into the injury period when Driffield reclaimed the initiative with a try.

Three minutes into the second half Carlisle regained command when, after some excellent handling among the backs, down the left, centre Liam Nicholls, broke through to score to the left of the sticks with Weightman improving with the extras. 

Weightman attempts a nenalty watched by centre Liam Nicholls.

Weightman attempts a nenalty watched by centre Liam Nicholls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carlisle were the dominant side in the second half and on sixty four minutes Weightman popped over another penalty to enhance the lead to 20 pts to 13 pts.

Midway through the half Mark Allan was sent on to replace “Biff” McGimpsey, and within a minute Driffield were level with a converted try.  But, Carlisle continued to probe at the defence but were unable capitalise on their superiority and let their chance slip when Weightman fluffed another penalty.

Centres Liam Nicholls and Chris Harris anticipate possession!

Centres Liam Nicholls and Chris Harris anticipate possession!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Saturday Carlisle entertain Morpeth at Warwick Road and will be looking to build on their efforts at Driffield to help maintain some mid table respectability.

Carlisle XV v Driffield:

15)        Stephane Helies
14)        Matt Charters
13)        Chris Harris
12)        Liam Nicholls
11)        Dan Holmes
10)        Glen Weightman
9)          George Graham
1)          Steve Stamper
2)          Tom Graham
3)          Martin McGimpsey (Mark Allan)
4)          Aidan Day (Martin Grealish)
5)          Nigel Arismandez
6)          Bobby Sherlock
7)          Mark Barron
8)          Lee Brumpton

 Replacement (not used): Martin Plummer.