Carlisle Colts 31v Percy Park Ac 5

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A comprehensive and deserving win over a side often in the hunt for honours at seasons end. They key to this victory was Carlisle’s dominance at the breakdown and Carlisle’s ability to turn over the visitors seemingly at will. The scoreline perhaps did not reflect Park’s  efforts throughout the game, but neither did it flatter Carlisle.

It was Park who had the early pressure, profiting from a Carlisle error receiving the kick off. park should have scored after creating space wide right, but Carlisle full back Ellis Little made a try saving tackle, a feat he was to repeat twice further during the game. Indeed throughout the match home defence was outstanding, and they were a constant danger breaking out from tunover ball. Ross Allen scored the first try on eight minutes from Carlisle’s first incursion into the Park 22, the forwards retaining possesion well before the ball was moved right for the centr to crash through. Three mintes later it was is centre partner Steven Benson who scored the second, profiting from a breakout involving Ritchie, Little, and Billett as Park were turned over again; John Walker added the conversion. A period of Park pressure was repelled with impressive defensive organisation before a third try was scored on 24 minutes by Adam Robertson, again following an impressive attack after turnover ball won. Carlisle could have added a fourth try before half time, but Kyle Fisher just edged the touchline evazding a defender.

With lineouts and scrums even the visitors were always in the game. But the second half followed the pattern of the first with Carlisle dominating the breakdown area and retaining control of the match. Carl Robertson added a fouth try on 37 minutes; a trademark catch and drive superbly contolled from just inside the Park 22; Kyle Fisher adding a super conversion from wide right. Park dominated possession in the final 15 minutes as Carlisle began to tire, but determined defence prevented a score. In contrast the hosts were clinical when the opportunity arose and wing Ian Billet capped an impressive all round display with a try on 65 minutes converted by Walker. Percy Park never gave up and were rewarded with a consolation score from Arron Cottingham in the final minute.

Many thanks to Park for their generous comments after the game; there efforts were not reflected in the result. Next week the Colts travel to Wigton for what will be a tough match against the team that beat us in last seasons County Cup final.

Saturday 26 September 2009

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