Under 16’s v Westoe

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The squad have been starved of competitive rugby since the 8th November.

We were therefore grateful for the opportunity to play a Westoe squad, who came with a strong reputation, having been County Champions twice in the last three years, and having a good “form line” through previous opponents such as Blaydon and Darlington.

The heavy underfoot conditions were never going to produce fast pretty rugby, but the game began at hectic pace.
After five minutes, a defensive error by Westoe allowed Tom McMann to grub-kick forward, the ensuing sprint being won by Jordie “No Boots” Clement, who scored in the corner.
The try went unconverted.

Shortly after, an incident in a ruck saw Alex Clark blood-subbed for attention to a head wound, and the Westoe centre sin-binned.

Within minutes of Alex Clark returning bandaged to the field, he broke through to score near the posts, allowing Mike Fearon to convert.

Westoe didn’t get their strong reputation for nothing however, and minutes later their pressure led to uncertainty in the Carlisle defence, and Westoe duly scored.

The home team sensed a chance to capitalise on this uncertainty, and shortly after scored an identical try.
This led to a positional reshuffle by Coach Clark, putting Ryan Ivers to full-back.

Half-time…….Carlisle12 – 10 Westoe

The second half began with a tough midfield battle, neither team dominating in the mud.
After fourteen minutes, a great drive by Carlisle forwards allowed Mike Fearon to break through the middle, then good hands from Adam Robertson released Tom McMann for the simplest of try-scoring opportunities, which he followed up by converting himself, giving Carlisle a nine point buffer.

Ten minutes later, a penalty in the Westoe 22 led to the same combination of Robertson and McMann providing an extension of the lead by an unconverted try.

Westoe however never gave up, and they continued to compete tenaciously for every ball.
Carlisle sensed victory however, and a good run on the right wing by Tom Ebbatson allowed Jordie Clement to score under the posts, Tom McMann converted.

The referee blew for full time as the ball landed.
Again this was a great team performance by every player.

Final score ………Carlisle 31 – 10 Westoe

Man of the Match – Alex Clark