Fixtures This Week

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Weather permitting, Carlisle travel to Ilkley seeking league points after being held to a draw at home in the opening game of the season.

Ilkley are going to leave an inspection until the last possible moment so as to try and give the game a chance.  An inspection will be held at 9.00 am on the Saturday morning; although an added complication is the appointed referee  –  from London! (Fetch your own igloo!)

On the basis that the game is going ahead, Carlisle keep faith with the selection made for the postponed Aspatria game at Warwick Road on 20th December. Competition for places is healthy with 52 turning up for training on Tuesday evening of this week.

The centre partnership forged for the last match with Durham City on 13th December – Chris Harris and Ross Olney is maintained.  Harris has been consistent all season and Olney sent out signs that he wants to keep his place and is rewarded accordingly.

Wing berths are taken by Barry Earl and Dan Holmes.  Holmes has been putting in promising displays for the Crusaders recently, and came off the bench against Durham for his 1st XV debut.  He did enough to persuade coach, Richard Metcalf, to reward him with a full debut.

Wing threequater Dan Holmes - hoping for his full debut!

Wing threequater Dan Holmes - hoping for his full debut!


George Graham is at scrum half from Ben Blain and partners leading points scorer, Glen Weightman, who continues as the other half back.

Mark Allan was named for the Aspatria game in place of Martin McGimpsey at prop.  McGimpsey is given more time to get over the trauma of being a dad – again!


Mark Barron comes in on the flank for Bobby Sherlock with Matt Charters the other wing forward to support Lee Brumpton at eight.

Matt Charters - flanker in a class of his own!

Matt Charters - flanker in a class of his own!



The bench is made up of Martin Burnett (forwards) and Matt Rogers (backs) with recent signing, Nigel Arismandez, named also.  Arismandez prefers playing at lock but is also comfortable in the centre.




Nigel Arismandez on the bench.

Nigel Arismandez on the bench.








Any supporters need to be at the Warwick Road ground for 10.30 am if travelling by coach.


The Crusaders will travel to Penrith for a “Candy” League fixture with a 2.15 pm kick off.

The Hornets entertain St Benedicts in the Cumbria Shield League (2.15 pm).