Old Crossleyans 36 v Carlisle 27

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North 1 East League
Saturday, 14th November 2009


The city side were unable to maintain the winning momentum of recent weeks, and to a large extent they have only themselves to blame!  Like against Morpeth last week, and after a stuttering start, they quickly found themselves in arrears, and needing to pull out all the stops to have any hope.

Some uneasy defence in the opening period let the hosts in for an opening converted try after a couple of minutes although fly half Glen Weightman reduced the arrears two minutes later with a penalty.

Weightman watches his penalty slide over.

Weightman watches his penalty slide over.

The Old Crocs kept the visitors line under pressure and were awarded an easy penalty to take a 10 – 3 lead.  On the quarter hour mark Carlisle found themselves down to fourteen men when flanker Lee Brumpton was sin binned for advising the referee about his failings when full back Max Connon sufferred a bout of ill treatment on his own line!

Not deterred though, this seemed to the signal for Carlisle to up their game, and with the pack dominating, they stretched the Broomfields side to the limit, scrum half George Graham being the first to touch down and three minutes later (twenty six minutes) pivot, Mark Barron added to the cause with Weightman converting both.  Game on!

Pivot Mark Barron - a try.

Pivot Mark Barron - a try.

Opening Carlisle try for scrum half George Graham.

Opening Carlisle try for scrum half George Graham.

Carlisle were looking more comfortable now and Weightman added a penalty, and with half time beckoning at 20 pts to 10 in their favour, hopes were high of consolidation in the second period.  But, just on the break, slack defense allowed Crossleyans in for a converted try to close the gap to three points.

The second half opened with Carlisle soon under pressure when a penalty drew the home team level.  Scenting the afternoon may. after all, be theirs, Old Crossleyans put the Carlisle line under pressure.  Just as the final pass of an attack on the Carlisle line was thrown out, right wing Ben Blain intercepted and throttled away (46 minutes). reahing the other line without challenge and eightman converted.

Ben Blain - great interception try.

Ben Blain - great interception try.

Sadly, though that was to be the lot for Carlisle. Giving away too many penalties was to be their downfall and the Crocs took full advantage, slotting three over as well as a converted try to nail the game out at 36 pts to 27 pts.

Carlisle played out the last twenty minutes down to fourteen men when winger an Holmes was red carded for retaliating after a nasty head butt.  No excuse, but how often does the original aggressor escape as was the case this time!

The fact that, at about the same time, the game went to uncontested scrums when Crossleyans ran out of front row players, was also a negative for Carlisle.

Shots from the game:




Scorers for Carlisle:


George Graham (1)
Mark Barron (1)
Ben Blain (1)


Glen Weightman (3)


Glen Weightman (1)

Pick of the pack:    Lee Brumpton
Best of the backs: George Graham

The starting line up:

15    Max Connon
14    Dan Holmes
13    Chris Harris
12    Ross Olney
11    Ben Blain
10    Glen Weightman
9      George Graham
1      Steve Stamper
2      Tom Graham
3      Mark Allan
4      Dan Smithson
5      Martin McGimpsey
6      Lee Brumpton
7      Bobby Sherlock
8      Mark Barron
16    Adam Morrison
17    Stuart Grahm
18    Jack Oddie