This Weekend at Warwick Road

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After a traumatic last few days at the Club, Carlisle look forward to welcoming Aspatria to Warwick Road in a match re-arranged by the league.  The original fixture on 20th December was postponed because of the weather, so everyone will be hoping that this Saturday does not suffer the same fate!

A minutes silence will be called before the kick off to remember prop forward, Raymond Higgins, who died in his sleep after playing for the Hornets last Saturday.  Raymond featured regularly for the Crusaders and the Hornets and was well respected throughout the Club.  One commentator said, “Following his death, this is the first time I have seen men openly weeping since the passing of Mike Bewley in 2001”.

Ray enjoyed nothing more than passing on his experience to younger players, in the hope that they would go on and enjoy as many years in the game as did he.   His influence will be a miss.

Raymond Higgins who died suddenly this week.

Raymond Higgins who died suddenly this week.













Young Max Connon keeps his place as full back after a confident full debut at Gateshead last week.  He got his chance when regular full back, Stephane Helies pulled out with a back injury.  Helies has a place on the bench this time out.

Barry Earl comes in on the right wing and keeps the slot after coming on as a replacement at Gateshead when Ross Olney went off with a calf injury.

Chris Harris and Liam Nicholls are at outside and inside centre respectively, with Ben Blain on the left wing.  Blain has been unable to reclaim his usual scrum half berth, after ceding it to George Graham during a period of job and personal committments.

Glen Weightman, the leading points scorer for Carlisle, as expected continues at fly half.

Steve Stamper (skipper) comes back in at loose head prop with unlucky Mark Allan, reverting to the bench.

Steve Stamper - back to skipper the side.

Steve Stamper - back to skipper the side.









Mark Allan - reverts to the bench.

Mark Allan - reverts to the bench.










The second row is the same as started last week in the north east – Martin Grealish and Nigel Arismandez.

Flankers, Bobby Sherlock and Matt Charters (outstanding Man of the Match last week) keep their places in a powerful back row, completed at eight by Mark Barron who has shown fine form after taking over from Lee Brumpton who is injured,

Lee Brumpton - has ceded his No 8 place through injury.

Lee Brumpton - has ceded his No 8 place through injury.









Aidan Day takes the remaining place in the dug out.  Aidan is very unfortunate to lose his ever present place in the second row.  He went off with an injury at Driffield, and has not been able to grab it back so far.

The fight for places in the pack is a great “problem” for the coaches to have, and present tenants are kept on their mettle in the knowledge that there are very capable substitutes waiting on the sidelines.


The Crusaders were let down again last Saturday.  They should have entertained Durham City  –  they pulled out late in the morning.  This Saturday is a free league weekend, and they are hoping to arrange an away friendly against Creighton 1st XV who have a free week too.


Unless the Hornets have been able to fix up a friendly, then they could be without a game as there is nothing for them in the Cumbria Shield League unless they can re-schedule a previously postponed game.