Under 14’s v Morpeth

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The Carlisle Cobras welcomed back several of the squad missing from last Sundays home defeat to Keswick for an early start for their trip over to Morpeth.

The Cobras got off to a flying  start with a try from Thomas Fuller in the  3rd  minute of the game with a typical mazey run which Morpeth had no answer to. The conversion was missed by Jason Israel when he hit the ground on his kick.

Play continued in a very mixed fashion, with both teams displaying strong attacking and defensive strategies until,  Morpeth broke back to level the scores some 3 minutes later with  a well taken unconverted try by Joe Shaw.

Half way through the first half, a 5 metre scrum resulted in Mark Forster scoring Carlisle’s second try match in the 15 minute, which was  converted by Brett Connon to give the Cobras a 12 – 5 lead.

Play became very scrappy for a while with Morpeth asking questions of the Carlisle defence with repeated high balls over the top forcing uncharacterisic errors at the back.  Morpeth pushed their way through Carlisle’s defence for Joe Shaw to score  his second try of the game on 17 minutes. Not converted.

Carlisle’s determination to gain possession of the ball, and good handling,  resulted in Guy Wilkinson making one of his surging runs down the right flank to take the ball over the Morpeth try line in the final minutes of the first half.  Brett Connon converted to take the Cobras into a 19 – 12 lead at the break.

The second half saw Carlisle begin strongly with a 60 metre run by Thomas Fuller but he was unfortunately brought down just short of the try line.  Both teams showed grit and determination in some probing periods of play without much penetration for either side. The Cobras did finally gain some meaningful possession in Morpeth territory, but an unfortunate accident between Carlisle’s Matt Hawley and  Morpeth’s Kieran Brown, resulted in play being stopped for approximately 15 minutes while both players received treatment from an ambulance crew.  Neither played any further part in the game with Kieran sustaining the more severe of the injuries.

Carlisle fought on to overcome a very strong Morpeth defence, which was eventually breached resulting in Daniel Smales scoring Carlisle’s third try taking the Cobras into a 24 – 12 lead.

Strong pressure from the Carlisle pack in the final minutes of the game saw the ball end up in the hands of  Thomas Fuller to make a charge for the line, crossing for his second try of the match. The converted by Brett Connon  finished off a very determined display against stiff opposition who were no pushover.

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