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Saturday 13 March 2010
Near perfect conditions applied to their game, with just the hint of breeze blowing over the pitch, a day for releasing backs and fast flowing rugby . . . well it could have been; instead we witnessed a head on collision of a match with very little quarter given from either side. The match started promisingly for the home side, with Steve Benson opting to take the points early on, but unfortunately there was enough breeze to prevent the ball crossing the sticks. Five minutes later another opportunity arose and this time Benson hit the target putting three points on the board for Carlisle. The game continued in the shape and style that would prevail for much of the match, both sets of forwards niggling and digging each other. Against play Consett found themselves in the Carlisle twenty two, bur this was short lived and soon they were to be chasing Carl Robertson, who intercepting a pass broke away, and running the length of the pitch scored a try for Carlisle. Steve Benson converted and the scoreboard moved on 10 v 0. Carlisle attacking again crossed the line, but the ball was held up by a strong Consett defence.
Carlisle were forced to make a number of changes; James Rocke coming off injured and forwards swapping positions, all of which impacted upon the shape of the team. Hopwever, and this is the strength within this squad of players, it did not prevent Carlisle scoring two more excellent tries in the second half. Firstly, Carl Robertson crossed the line from a huge rolling maul, and secondly, Elliot McDermott ran in to score a try. Neither were converted but Steve Benson did add another three points to the tally taking the final score to 23 v 0. This is the third game in which the Carlisle defence as held out and maintained a clean sheet. The fixture was not the prettiest to watch, although the tries were all taken well, and the Colts showed that they could match the physicality when necessary. Not much as been said of Consett in the report, but they never gave up during the match and players and spectators alike never felt that Carlisle were evermore than three points in front. Thanks to the groundsman, the condition of the third team pitch was excellent, catering and bar staff in the clubhouse, Consett for travelling and particularly Bill Laidlaw who refereed the game at short notice.