Under 14’s v Ponteland

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The newly named Carlisle Cobras (U14s) welcomed Ponteland U14s to Warwick Road for their second home game of the season.

The Cobras started the game strongly pressing the Ponteland line straight from the off, culminating with an early drop goal from fly half Brett Connon within the first 2 minutes of the half. This was closely followed by the Cobras first try of the game. Some good interlinking play between both the forwards and backs brought Carlisle inside the Ponteland 22, James Robson finally emerged with the ball to power his way over the line near the corner flag.

Brett Connon unfortunately hit the post with the conversion. This heralded a period of the game where both sides then took their fair share of play, strong defensive displays saw posession pass back and forth until Carlisle then took control in the Ponteland half.

Some good running and handling from the backs, led to Tom Coulthard scoring the second try of the game ten minutes later. Ponteland to their credit, carried on with determination in both attack and defence and continued to try to take the game to Carlisle without any reward. The Cobras again taking control of the game when they picked up the ball from the breakdown just inside the Ponteland half and some slick passing through the backs saw Lewis Read run through their defence to score a third try in the 25th minute.

A final try and conversion by the very inventive Brett Connon just before the halftime, saw the Cobras go in with a  25-0 lead at the break.

The second half kicked off with Ponteland pressing hard and gaining in strength, but were unable to stop Mark Forster picking up a loose ball and scoring a try inside the first 10 minutes of the second half.  Both sides were  equally matched with Ponteland gaining in confidence all the time without any reward
A second try from Brett Connon, Carlisles sixth of the match, did not see the visitors heads go down. Ponteland fought back determinedly and 10 minutes later, scored a very good try of their own through the very impressive Miles Worthington.

A number of substitiutes were made by both teams in the last period of the second half, which saw a number of players in playing unfamilliar roles, but this did not stop Carlisles domination.  Lewis Fuller scored the seventh try when he was fed the ball from another passage of quick handling in the Ponteland 22. Jason Israel converted under the posts.

After a strong run from Sam Bell into the Ponteland 22, Carlisle gained control from the breakdown, and the final try of the game was scored by Daniel Gomersall, which was again converted  by Jason Israel.

The final score of 49-5 did not reflect the strength, determination and passion the Ponteland players showed, and are to be commended for the way continually fought back.

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