Carlisle 33 v Aspatria 25

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Cumbria Cup Quarter Final

Saturday 11th April 2009

Not a game for the faint hearted!  This was an eagerly awaited re match of two sides who had already met twice in the league, with honours even, each having won their home encounter.  So, there was more at stake than just a place in the cup semi final.

Aspatria and Carlisle both fielded strong teams, with the Warwick Road outfit confident enough to introduce two more seventeen year olds from their production line!  Kieron Little made his debut on the left wing and crowned his outing with a well taken try.  Jamie McIntosh, another back was on the bench and got a brief spell in the second period when Carlisle had to reshuffle, scrum half George Graham leaving with a foot injury.

Action at Warwick Road.

Action at Warwick Road.


 Both sides started cautiously, probing away and looking for an early break through.  Carlisle had the first opportunity after ten minutes when they were awarded a penalty but fly half Glen Weightman could only watch the attempt sail; wide.


Within a couple of minutes, the home side were awarded another penalty just outside their own twenty two area;  someone made a remark to referee Alistair Jones, who immediately reversed the penalty, giving fly half Mike Scott the easiest of chances in front of the uprights.  Brief advantage the Black Reds who went ahead for the only time in the game.

The city side dominated the set pieces despite Aspatria having the bigger pack.

Within minutes the visitors were reduced to fourteen men when they lost prop Graham Andrews who was binned for an indiscretion.  Carlisle took advantage and put their guests line under a deal of sustained pressure that resulted in a penalty try, awarded when Aspatria were adjudged to have deliberately collapsed the scrum. Weightman had an easy conversion.

Tensions were rising and at the midway point in the opening period a fracas broke out in midfield when a Carlisle forward was repeatedly punched by an opponent and it quickly turned into an unseemly incident.  Order restored, but Aspatria fly half Mike Scott saw red along with Carlisle lock, Mark Barron.    As is often the case, the instigator escaped detection!

Carlisle resumed where they left off, probing at a fragile defence, and after some good approach work, full back Chris Harris touched down for his tenth of the season and Weightman improved.

Chris Harris  -  try ten of his outstanding season.

Chris Harris - try ten of his outstanding season.


Aspatria grabbed an unconverted try after some slack defending by the Warwick Road outfit but Carlisle ensured they retained the initiative going into the break.  From the restart, they moved upfield and wqere working down the left side;  the ball was shuttled infield to Weightman who put over a great dropped goal.



At the interval, Carlisle 17 pts  –  Aspatria 8 pts.

Lock Aidan Day secures line out ball close to their own line.

Lock Aidan Day secures line out ball close to their own line.










Within minutes of the restart Aspatria added three points when full back Dan Rayson put over a penalty.

Carlisle still fired up broke away down the left allowing debutant Kieron Little to bag a try wide out on the left and further increased their grasp on the game when Weightman slotted over a penalty awarded for a high tackle in front of the posts.

At 28 pts to 11 pts, the lead looked secure and Carlisle effected some changes, but that gave Aspatria some hope.  The home side were not as dominant as they had been and Aspatria put the home defence under a period of sustained pressure and pulled  game back to within three points with a couple of converted tries  –  by which time only five minutes remained.

Shocked by this sudden reversal of fortunes, Carlisle galvanised themselves and managed to get the Bower Park outfit and after giving the visiting goal line a pounding, pivot Lee Brumpton went over for a try in the final seconds to secure his mates a place in the semi final against Wigton at Lowmoor Road in a couple of weeks time.

Result:  Carlisle 33 pts, Aspatria 25 pts.

The starting Carlisle XV:

15        Chris Harris
14        Ben Blain (Jamie McIntosh)
13        Dan Holmes
12        Ross Olney (Liam Nicholls)
11        Kieron Little
10        Glen Weightman
9          George Graham (Ben Blain)
1          Steve Stamper – captain (John Warwick)
2          Tom Graham
3          Matt Shields
4          Aidan Day (Martin McGimpsey)
5          Mark Barron (red card)
6          Bobby Sherlock
7          Matt Charters
8          Lee Brumpton
16        John Warwick
17        John Bowman
18        Martin McGimpsey
19        Gareth Wylie
20        Nigel Arismandez
21        Liam Nicholls
22        Jamie McIntosh        

Seventeen year old Jamie McIntosh made 1st team debut as a backs replacement in the second half.

Seventeen year old Jamie McIntosh made 1st team debut as a backs replacement in the second half.












A hard call to make when so many gave so much.  Jointly, four nominess this week.