Percy Park 24 v Carlisle 12

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North 1 East League

Saturday, 28th November 2009

Carlisle contrived to lose a game that they should have won comfortably!  But then the whole day got off to a bad start; the bus failed to arrive, and cars had to be hurriedly assembled to get over to the north east in time for kick off.  Not that it is in any way an excuse, but it does not help!

Hooker Tom Graham, who was the pick of the pack, got the opening try.

Hooker Tom Graham, who was the pick of the pack, got the opening try.

PP, bouyed by their victory over Billingham on their previous outing, opened by putting their guests on the back foot in the open minutes, but from then on in the opening half, Carlisle were in total control, and the amazing thing is, they failed to turn their domination into more points.

Where's the ball gone?

Where's the ball gone?

Hooker, Tom Graham was industrious throughout the game and menaced the PP defence constantly.   He got an early try in the fifth minute but Glen Weightman was unable to improve.

Although Carlisle seemed to have control of proceedings, they persisted in giving away too many penalties, and within three minutes of the try the home side slotted their first penalty and on the quarter hour park, took the lead with their second.

A couple of minutes later, Weightman had the chance to reclaim the lead with a penalty but it was not to be!

Shortly before the break, Carlisle, who had been pressing purposefully, were awarded a 5 yard scrum and Weightman grabbed a try and converted to give his team a slender 9 pts to 12 pts lead at the interval.

Match action

Match action

There was a feeling around the ground that it was only a matter of time before Carlisle increased their hold on the game but, inexplicably, they allowed PP to come back at them in the second half, and apart from an occasional flurry, never looked like retaining the initiative they had established.

PP added a converted try on 44 minutes and within a short time had added a penalty.

Carlisle were unlucky when scrum half George Graham scrambled over between the posts and touched down, but the referee claimed he had dropped the ball!

Seven points at this stage could have been the impetus needed, with points even, and the home defence looking fragile under pressure  –  but sadly in the second period, Carlisle seemed reluctant to ensure that was the case.

Under pressure

Under pressure

Two thirds of the way through the half the north east newcomers nailed the game down with a converted try and Carlisle were left wondering where they had gone wrong  –  self inflicted wounds!

Pick of the pack:
Tom Graham.

Best of the backs:
Chris Harris.

Scorers for Carlisle:


Tom Graham (1); Glen Weightman (1)


Glen Weightman (1)

Starting XV:

15    Max Connon
14    Dan Holmes
13    Chris Harris
12    Ross Olney (Lee Askew)
11    Jack Oddie
10    Glen Weightman
9      George GRaham
1      Steve Stamper (Captain)
2      Tom Graham
3      Martin McGimpsey (Gary Graham)
4      Martin Grealish
5      Dan Smithson
6      Lee Brumpton (Adam Morrison)
7      Bobby Sherlock
8      Mark Barron (Lee Brumpton)
16    Adam Morrison
17    Gary GRaham
18    Lee Askew

Next match:    5th December away at Pontefract.