News for Saturday 31st Jan

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Carlisle travel to the north east on Saturday to take on Gateshead in North 2 East.  A tough encounter is in prospect, with Gateshead a hard nut to crack, particularly on their own middin’.  Although, in the equivalent game last season, Carlisle were down by 30 plus pts to a few with only ten minutes remaining.  The hosts were stunned by a revival that left even the faithful lost for words!  An unlikely victory, after a game that Gateshead had controlled to a large degree.

Gateshead got their revenge though,  with a narrow victory in the return fixture at Warwick Road.

This term Carlisle have the early advantage with the first of the two contests going Carlisle’s way at Warwick Road; so, expect an onslaught at Low Fell!

The Carlisle back division remains unchanged from the side that eclipsed Morpeth at Warwick Road last week.  George Graham continues at scrum half after recovering from a head injury that caused him to be replaced by Max Connon in the second half.  Connon did enough in his debut to keep a place in the squad and is on the bench as the back replacement.

Skipper, Steve Stamper is out and his place as a prop goes to utility forward, Mark Allan.  Allan is a strong player and well capable of doing what is expected of him.

Mark Allan - comes into the front row at Gateshead.

Mark Allan - comes into the front row at Gateshead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Injured number eight, Lee Brumpton misses out again and Mark Barron continues as his deputy with Bobby Sherlock and Matt Charters on the flanks of the pack.

Stylish lock forward, Aidan Day, has to be content again with a place on the bench after coming off a couple of weeks ago at Driffield.  Martin Grealish who replaced him at Driffield has turned in some impressive performances and continues in that role and is partnered by Nigel Arismandez.

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Loyal servant, Martin Burnett, travels to complete the bench.  Seen as dependable and a safe pair of hands, he can always be relied on when the going gets tough.

 

CRUSADERS

The Crusaders will be glad of a game this week when they entertain Durham City in the Candy League.  They had an enforced rest last week as the pitch was waterlogged in a sea of mud.  Looking to get back on track after a reverse at Darlington MP a couple of weeks ago, they will; be trying to maintain their presence in the top echelons of their section of the league.

 

HORNETS

The Hornets too, were without a game last week.  They should have travelled to Egremont on the Saturday but the hosts pulled the plug.  A game with Silloth in the Cumbria Shield League was hastily brought forward as a substitute on the Sunday, but that too was cancelled because of the unfit pitches at Warwick Road.  This week is listed as a free week with no game available for them in the Shield League.  And, at that level, friendlies are becoming increasingly difficult to find!

 

COLTS

The Colts are travelling to Alnwick in the Northern Colts League, where they will be looking for points to improve their disappointing season so far.  All is not as bad as it appears though.  With a new crop of lads at colt’s level this season, it is taking time to weld them together as a unit and the omens for the future are good.