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Arctic conditions had ensured that this was only the third outing of 2010 for Carlisle.
The first ten minutes were evenly matched, with neither team dominating.
However, in minutes 17 and 18, Carlisle crossed the Keswick line twice without touching down………….and the pessimists among the Carlisle spectators predicted a Keswick breakaway try…………..and they duly obliged under the posts. The conversion made it 0-7 at half time.
Jim Clark’s half time talk worked wonders……………within minutes; captain Jack Stephenson had forced his way over beneath the posts, allowing an easy conversion for Tom McMann.
Keswick replied with the try of the match, a great solo effort from their centre, who ran from 45 metres diagonally across the pitch avoiding several tackles………to score.
Carlisle then camped in Keswick’s half for 10 minutes until good handling by the backs allowed Jordie Clement to even the scores with a try in the corner.
Sustained Carlisle pressure then followed, finally being awarded when Jordan Ribiero crossed for a try near the right touchline.
Mike Fearon made a great conversion off his “wrong foot”.
The lead was soon consolidated when Mike Fearon slotted home a penalty to make the score 22-12.
Keswick never gave up though, and they fought to the end, their centre scoring his second try with seconds left on the clock.
Carlisle 22-17 Keswick.
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Man of the Match – Jim Clarke (for tactical brilliance)