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Saturday, 19th September 2009


After the disappointment of the opening two league fixtures of the campaign, Carlisle eventually got off the mark on the third attempt when they welcomed Old Brodleians to Warwick Road for the their first ever visit to the city.

It was a must win game, and it had to be by a handsome margin to try and reduce the points difference that had been accrued by the two previous defeats.  The home side achieved both on the day, although the victory ought to have been by a much greater margin.  Satisfying though it was to get a win under their belts, Carlisle ought to have racked up at least another twenty points.  Still, beggars can’t be choosers, and taking into account the relative inexperience of their youthful back division, they will be happy to have got off the mark!

The team wasn’t finalised until shortly before kick off, with the back division being shuffled after the original selection due to injuries and unavailability.  Max Connon came in at full back releasing George Graham to operate at inside centre to partner Chris Harris; and Graham proved yet again what a good utility player he is, causing the opposition difficulty in pinning him down.

As was expected, the pack performed with purpose and their dominance was never in question but on rare occasions, and number eight, Mark Barron, particularly caught the eye with his powerfuk driving.  He is getting back to full fitness after recovering from a serious knee injury, and Lee Brumpton (watching from the touchline) must be wondering if he will be able to reclaim his place!

MARK BARRON  - great display as the pivot earned him the star man of the match

MARK BARRON - great display as the pivot earned him the star man of the match

Fly half Glen Weightman opened the scoring with a penalty in the third minute and could have doubled it four minutes later before the visiting number eight (Oliver Ackroyd) put his side briefly ahead with a try, which he converted, on the quarter hour mark.

Despite this set back Carlisle plugged away at the defence but had to wait until the twenty sixth minute for scrum half Ben Blain to touch down giving Weightman an easy conversion and from that point on their line was never really in danger, although Brods did manage one or two brief forays.

BOBBY SHERLOCK dominated line outs.

BOBBY SHERLOCK dominated line outs.

In the closing minutes of the half the visitors were down to thirteen men with two in the sin bin.  Their fly half was first to take the walk and Carlisle were awarded a penalty try for Weightman to improve.

Despite the benfit of the extra men, Carlisle failed to capitalise and had to be content with a ten point advantage at the break.

From the restart Ackroyd landed another penalty that were to be the last points for the visitors.

Further tries came from Weightman (2) and Barron with the fly half converting them all.

Carlisle can take heart from this performance but there is still work to do to reach the standard they set towards the end of last season.

Action on the visiting line.

Action on the visiting line.

Star man for Carlisle:  Mark Barron

Starting team:

15    Max Connon
14    Barry Earl
13    Chris Harris
12    George Graham
11    Dan Holmes (Kieron Little)
10    Glen Weightman
9      Ben Blain
1      Steve Stamper (Captain)
2      Tom Graham (John Bowman)
3      Martin McGimpsey
4      Aidan Day (Matt Davis)
5      Martin Grealish
6      Gareth Wylie
7      Bobby Sherlock
8      Mark Barron
16    Kieron Little
17    John Bowman
18    Matt Davis

Nest week, another home match versus Darlington – 3.00pm