Harris brushes Morpeth aside!

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CARLISLE 24 pts MORPETH 19 pts
North 1 East League
Saturday, 7th November 2009

A sterling effort at Warwick Road that lifted Carlisle another rung up the league ladder and away from the basement.  But, given the tightness of the league it would be quite easy to slip back into the amber zone. Given the unpredictability of the results, no one in their righgt mind would have a wager on any match in the league at the moment.

On the back of two successive victories, Carlisle welcomed Morpeth to town in the hope that they could make it three in a row.  Well they did; but it took them a while to get into their stride, and they were fourteen points in arrears on the quarter hour mark. Morpeth opened more brightly and Carlisle were kept on the defensive in the early stages.  Giving away penalties was not the best plan in the book, with the Morpeth fly half, Matthew Jinks, grateful for two chances in the opening minutes before their left wing, Anthony Watson, touched down wide on the left.  A try, but many thought not, the ball was beyond the dead ball line before being grounded!


That was the wake up call Carlisle needed; from that point on, they clawed their way into the game and overall were better value than the north east side.  To a man they got stuck in with some grit a determination, something that has not necessarily been Carlisle’s best feature this season.

The pack looked strong and at times Morpeth found their power too much to cope with.  Mark Allan, adjusting to life in the front row, caught the eye with a steady contribution and Dan Smithson was a strong influence in the second row with Martin McGimpsey.


Determination eventually paid off on twenty seven minutes when stand off Glen Weightman touched down to the right of the posts giving himself an easy conversion.  It was no more than he deserved as he and his half back partner, George Graham, were generating some useful territorial advantage with the ball the pack were getting them.

Fly half Weightman  -  got 14 of the 24 points for Carlisle.

Fly half Weightman - got 14 of the 24 points for Carlisle.

Bouyed by this success Carlisle were soon back on the attack and Chris Harris, at full back (not his favoured role) linked well moving up field with his backs, finishing off with a try under the posts.  Weightman couldn’t fail with the extras.

Carlisle retained the initiative but proceedings were brought to an abrupt halt with four minutes of the half remaining, a Morpeth player sustained a serious leg injury and could not be moved until the arrival of an ambulance.  The teams went to the changing rooms and by agreement, the second half was extended by four minutes.

After the restart Carlisle continued to dominate and in the fifty third minute were awared a penalty for an offside offence and Weightman added the points to his personal tally.  The game was by no means in the bag and a few minutes later Morpeth signalled the contest was by no means over when flanker Andrew Duggan touched down an uncoverted try, and within another four minutes they had reclaimed the lead when Jinks landed a penalty.

It was now all hands to the deck and Carlisle mounted some sustained pressure on the visiting twenty two, and full back Harris, up in support, got poissession and barged through a melee to touch down to the delight of his mates, whilst Weightman closed the game down at 24 pts to 19 pts with the conversion.

Full back Harris, pick of the backs with a brace of tries.

Full back Harris, pick of the backs with a brace of tries.

Lock, Dan Smithson.

Chris Harris.


Glen Weightman:

One try, three conversions and a penalty.

Chris Harris:

Two tries.

The starting XV:

15    Chris Harris
14    Dan Holmes
13    Jack Oddie
12    Ross Olney
11    Ben Blain
10    Glen Weightman
9      George Graham
1      Steve Stamper (captain)
2      Tom Graham
3      Mark Allan
4      Martin McGimpsey
5      Dan Smithson
6      Martin Grealish
7      Bobby Sherlock
8      Lee Brumpton
16    Stuart Graham
17    Gary Graham
18    Jack Tranter