Under 16’s v Wigton

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8th November 2009

With four players unavailable through holiday or injury, and key man Alex Clark a doubtful starter due to an ankle injury sustained in yesterdays Colts match, an uphill struggle was expected, especially when we saw the size of Wigton’s pack!
But Carlisle were well motivated, and got off to the best possible start when Mike Fearon broke away allowing Tom McMann to score under the post after only three minutes. Mike Fearon converted.
Nine minutes later, Fearon was again instrumental in releasing Jamie Harrison on the left wing (his speed and strength being too much for the Wigton defence) to score in the corner. Only the post prevented a difficult conversion.
Wigton came back strongly and pinned Carlisle back near their own line. The pressure was relieved however, when a great Jordie Clement run made eighty yards up the right wing. Jack Stevenson ran onto the recycled ball at full pace and was able to score beneath the posts. Mike Fearon converted.
Carlisle now had their tails up, and sustained pressure allowed Clement himself a well deserved try in the left corner.

Half time ….. Carlisle 24 – 0 Wigton

The second half continued as the first finished, and after nine minutes Liam Murray was able to make a rare appearance away from the “engine room” to score in the left corner. Mike Fearon converted.
Two minutes later Tom McMann ran fully sixty yards to score under the posts, again Mike Fearon converted.
By now the flood gates had opened, and both Jamie Harrison and Jordie Clement each scoring their respective second tries, Tom Mc Mann converting the latter.
Wigton’s determination to score a consolation try was only matched by Carlisle’s resolve not to concede one.
The Carlisle defence had to work hard in the last five minutes to preserve the clean sheet.
This was one of the best all-round team performances by this Carlisle squad, with all seventeen players involved giving 100%.

Final score ………Carlisle 50 – 0 Wigton

Man of the Match – Ben Fisher