Colts v Consett

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Saturday 10 October 2009
Consett Colts 10, Carlisle Colts 7

A difficult, frustrating game for Carlisle Colts, who went down in the first five minutes to a Consett try, which was followed a further ten minutes later with Consett crossing the line again; both conversions in good positions were missed by the Consett kicker. In between the two tries Carlisle lost their captain Ross Allen to an ankle injury, (he did try to come back on late in the second half, but only to be changed again). During the first twenty minutes Carlise found it difficult to compete with Consett particularly in the line out, which Consett dominated for much of the game, the scrum too, was a contest  with the Consett pack being very physical however, Carlisle did fair better with the scrum. Approaching half time Carlisle began to get good possession and found themselves with a five metre scrum, with the momentum and this close to the Consett line the ball had to go across, Ryan Howe who had moved into the number eight position picked up at the back of the scrum and scored an excellent try, Steve Benson kicked the points. At this point it looked like game on.

Consett came out in the second half still playing the crash ball still making things difficult in the set plays, but Carlisle should have taken the advantage at this point, they were pushing Consett, but to no avail, maybe the wrong decisions were being taken, definitely the bench was light so there was little could be done to change players or the shape of the team, Carlisle pressed getting close on a number of occassions but were stopped, Consett missed two penalty kicks too, so no doubt they feel they should have had more points on the board.

From a Carlisle perspective we struggled at the rucks and the already mentioned line out, but the defence was again good, many of the players were out of position due to missing players; the return match will be a different affair in March. The two players from the U16s performed excellent, Adam Robinson and Alex Clarke both taking the game to Consett.

Many thanks to the Consett team and staff for their hospitality and comments after the game, the Colt’s play again on 31 October away to Alnwick.
Report sent in by S. Harkins