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The first weekend of the spring heralded an army from York intent on plundering the spoils in a friendly during their tour of Cumbria. In what was to be a tale of two halves, Carlisle started well and our forwards, supported by some call ups from the Cobras, were soon in the thick of things, and dominating posession. With Carlisle pressing forward, the ball was worked left and Erik Shaddock ghosted past the visitors defence to score his first try of the season in the left corner.
The forwards continued to battle away with the Fuller twins, and Harry Manton battering away at the visitors defence. Eventually the visitors infringed at the ruck on their 22m and fly half Andy Glendinning opted to kick the penalty to secure another 3 points. In the later part of the first half York did start to show some attacking potential and a break down the right was thwarted by a try saving tackle from fullback Jack Walker. Although Carlisle cleared their lines, York pressed forward again, and a tap and go penalty for a Carlisle infringement was almost converted into points but for some stout defending, and the half was to end without the visitors scoring.
The visitors clearly had an inspired half time talk, because they upped the pressure on the home side from the start of the second half, and there was little evidence of the handling errors they displayed in the first half. York were beginning to throw the ball around, and after some sustained pressure scored their first try in the right corner. This seemed to boost their confidence and it wasn’t long before they scored their second and third tries with some impressive running lines. Carlisle were tiring, and injuries forced a number of positional changes but they were determined to try and even things up. Despite finishing the second half on the attack, they were unable to break through the visitors defence, leaving the visitors worthy winners in an even hard fought contest. The considerable crowd were treated to an entertaining match although the visiting spectators choice of headgear was puzzling to say the least.