Carlisle Colts 17 v Northern 3

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Another weekend and the Colts are at home entertaining Northern. The opposition have changed but the weather and pitch conditions remain wet, however Carlisle spirits are not dampened and for the first 15 minutes Northern are put under strong pressure from the Carlisle forwards, who eventually find the try line through Lewis Cawley playing scrum half for a second successive weekend. S. Benson converted and the Colts are 7 – 0 ahead. Northern reply with a well kicked penalty, which is immediately followed by another well struck penalty, this time Steve Benson pushing Carlisle further up the scoreboard; the score remains the same until half time 10 – 3.

Perhaps conditions but the second half was quieter from both sides, Carlisle did start quickly; Tom Dixon catching the kick and running the ball straight back at Northern, one of the best passages of attack play followed this and Carlisle should have crossed the line; the hands were excellent and quick defying the conditions, but like many of the following plays there was a missed pass, dropped ball or just a poor decision. The second half also saw Carlisle penalised for indiscipline at the rucks although Northern did not take advantage of this and the score remained the same. Carlisle made changes during the half time with Kieron Little moving into the centre and James Rocke coming on at fly half: at times this did get Carlisle moving forward with more purpose eventually resulting in a try for Kieron Little, and another conversion by Steve Benson, this bringing about the final score of 17 v 3.

Carlisle did deserve the win, but they are missing some opportunities on the pitch, which if they are to finish high in the league this season they need to take and convert into points. That said conditions were poor on the day for both teams and no doubt impacted on the score. Thanks to Northern for travelling over and to Bill and the bar staff who made all welcome in the club following the game.

The Colts next game is next Saturday 21 November when the under 17’s entertain Wigton.

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