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There was no time for ice creams at sunny Silloth in what was a pulsating and nailbiting, Under 15 County Cup final.
Carlisle started the more fluent and quickly had Aspatria pinned into their own half. With Aspatria repeatedly infringing at the breakdown, a tap and go penalty inside the Aspatria 22 was spun out wide, and winger Scott Hogarth managed to side step the Aspatria defence and barge over past the Aspatria fullback for the first Carlisle try.
Andy Glendinning ignored the attentions of the Aspatria support to convert the try. Carlisle continued to probe the Aspatria defence, with some nice fluent handling across the backs, but Aspatria were able to get man behind ball and held firm. With a rare break into the Carlisle half, Aspatria were rewarded with a couple of penalties and they quickly stretched the Carlisle defence to score in the right hand corner. Carlisle were quick to break back and were rewarded with a penalty for another infringement at the ruck on the left. Andy Glendinning struck the right hand upright and an opportunistic Ollie Armstrong followed up and was just prevented from touching down by some desperate Aspatria defence. It wasn’t long before a similar infringement in almost the same place gave Andy Glendinning the chance to make amends. With an incredible sense of déjà vu, he struck the same upright, Ollie Armstrong followed up and caught the rebound, but this time Carlisle had support in numbers, and the ball was spun out right for winger Erik Shaddock to touch down for our second try just on the stroke of halftime.
Opposition support were very voluble all through the game. I thought the referee did well to ignore the many offers of advice that came his way from the opposite touchline, as did our lads.
It was good to see Martin, Ben and Richard there plus many parents to give their support. Thanks to Phil for his involvement this year,and for the support from Ben and other first team players, which has clearly paid dividends for the team……