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Hi my name is Sam Tyler
After an accident had rendered me unconscious I woke up in 2010, a time of such technology that people need never meet face to face again, go out together or go down to your local hostelry for a pint of mead, you just go on a contraption called a com phew tar & have a chat, you could even predict the outcome of sporting events before they happen. !!!!!!!!!
“My god” what next, phones you carry in your pocket that take pictures & send messages all round the world.
Yes I lie not, you can book your face or face your book & have a right good twitter at each other, even say dam or blast & not get told off by your mam!!
Well onto what you can actually affect – playing the game.
A cold damp summer morning at Warwick Road brought old rivals Carlisle & Penrith together for the first of,1,2, or even 3 meetings this season.
Having talked each other up for the previous 10 days, most on show were in general looking forward to the encounter, letting play & not fingers do the talking.
Non more than Carlisle captain for the day Brendan Ferguson, playing against his old club, producing a 60 minute display which must have gained an honest respect from his old team mates.
A game of thrills & spills but mainly lacking the thrills, knock on’s off side & in general several infringements from both side slowed the game, with plenty showers helping along the way, giving many handling errors. At one point referee Mr. Plummer taking time out to cool his whistle.
Penrith produced some good open play to run in the games first try & added conversion, but this had taken 15 minute for either side to really threaten with Penrith being much the better during that time.
Back came Carlisle, & after a series of rucks just inside the Penrith half, Carlisle moved the ball wide stretching Penrith defence, allowing Lewis Reed to sprint in at the corner for Carlisle 1st try (5-7)
Penrith hit back with a penalty before Carlisle tagged another try as the forwards produced more good ball & the platform to release the backs again as James Robson ran clear (10-10)
Several changes had been made to the Carlisle starting 15, compared to the previous weeks win at Horden and several more were made at half time, comfort zones tampered with & positions moved, but the half time reality talk did the trick & Carlisle came out more confident.
Penrith were now on the back foot but defended stoutly, repelling Carlisle time after time, but that defensive line was eventually breech by Brendan Ferguson to the great delight of his new club.
More good defensive held several Carlisle attacks with the touchline aiding on 2 or 3 occasions.
But Carlisle were now moving the ball right & left, eventually allowing Guy Wilkinson to score in the corner taking 3 Penrith defenders with him in the process.
This score turned out be the games final points @ 20-10 to the home side, with Carlisle closing out the last 5 or so minutes.
Both side showed each other the respect they deserved @ the end with a collective group huddle & a pleasing end to the proceedings.
To both side a word to the wise, sometimes
Good honest hard graft, beats technology!