Morpeth 23 v Carlsle 13

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North 1 East League
Saturday, 6th March 2010

RECOVERY MODE STALLS!

After three successive victories, all claimed in fine style, Carlisle travelled to the north east hoping to leap up the table and ease any threat of relegation. Complacent they were not, but they certainly looked less than convincing in what was was pretty mediocre stuff served up by two sides who both had survival at stake!  Apart from calling the shots in the opening ten minutes of the match, Carlisle rarely looked likely to trouble the opposing defence.

In fairness, their preparations were disrupted by injuries and unavailabilty of some players, but nevertheless there seemed to a  lack of imagination, particularly going forward.  It was not that the side lacked a supply of ball. but more the failure to be creative when the opportunities arose.

Fly half Glen Weightman had the chance to put Carlisle ahead as early as the second minute but failed to land a penalty.

Lee Tinnion, making his club debut on the right wing, had what seemed to be a perfectly good try denied by the referee.

Lee Tinnion

Morpeth edged in front with a converted try mid way through the first half before visiting scrum half, George Graham, had to retire after aggravating an ankle injury.  Tim Hughes, back of a year of adventure in the Antipodes replaced him.

Morpeth added a penalty four minutes before the break and Weightman replied just on the whistle.  Half time at 10 pts to 3 pts.

Chris Harris

Apart from brief spells, Morpeth ran the show in the second half and added a converted try and two penalties to take the game, but not before full Lewis Boyd linked well with Chris Harris who touched down with Weightman adding the extras.

SCORERS FOR CARLISLE:

TRY: Chris Harris.

CONVERSION: Glen Weightman.

PENALTIES: Glen Weightman (2)

THE STARTING XV:

15    Lewis Boyd
14    Dan Holmes
13    Chris Harris
12    Lee Askew
11    Lee Tinnion
10    Glen Weightman
9      George Graham (Tim Hughes)
1      Martin McGimpsey
2      Tom Graham (John Bowman)
3      Martin Kalinowski (Tom Graham)
4      Paul Halliday
5      Gary Graham
6      Dan Smithson (Olly Barker)
7      Bobby Sherlock (Captain)
8      Mark Barron
16    John Bowman
17    Olly Barker
18    Tim Hughes

PICTURES FROM THE MATCH:

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