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Pretty much the same team as was victorious at Hartlepool Rovers last Saturday will take the field to challenge Morpeth on 23rd October at Warwick Road. Usually, the phrase “to entertain” is used as part of the descriptive for visiting teams. Make no mistake about it, the city side are in no mood to entertain anyone, other than the home crowd! Carlisle will be looking to resume where they left off last time out.
It is a rarity, certainly so far this term, to be able to field a relatively settled side given the injuries they have incurred.
The pack remains unchanged and that means only a seat on the bench for flanker Dan Smithson. His slot is retained by Mark Allan who had an impressive outing on the east coast, and back in contention after a long injury lay off himself.
Ben Blain must be feeling more than a little unlucky. He missed the home victory over Driffield and his place went to young Joe Blaylock.
He grabbed the chance with a competent display on his debut and has retained the scrum half berth since.
Last week Blain put in a sterling performance at full back and perhaps is a little unfortunate to find himself on the bench; being a good team man he will take it in his stride and the team on the field will know that there is reliability waiting on the bench!
Lewis Boyd returns at full back after recovering from rib injuries and he is the only change to last weeks starting XV.
THE CARLISLE TEAM:
15 Lewis Boyd
14 Martin Brodie
13 Chris Harris
12 Barry Earl
11 Dan Holmes
10 Grant Connon
9 Joe Blaylock
1 Steve Stamper
2 Tom Graham
3 Martin McGimpsey
4 Mark Barron (Captain)
5 Paul Halliday
6 Mark Allan
7 Bobby Sherlock
8 Lee Brumpton
16 Martin Kalinowski
17 Dan Smithson
18 Ben Blain
The Crusaders (2nd XV) travel to Kendal. Having missed out last week when Blackburn failed to travel to Carlisle, they were left feeling a little wounded, so a trip to Mint Bridge gives them a chance to heal – hopefully!
The Hornets (3rd XV) are travelling to Bleach Green to play Egremont 2 in the Cumbria Shield League. They will be in good heart after an away victory last week when they eclisped Langholm 2’s.
Carlisle Colts are at home and play Morpeth. The youngsters will be hoping to take ip where they left off last Saturday after beating Wigton on their own middin’. Both Carlisle and Wigton were without league rugby last week, so this week the lads return league action.
As a club, Carlisle are trying to help address the acute shortage of referee’s. The Carlisle director of rugby took charge of the Upper Eden v Whitehaven fixture last week, whilst on the Sunday, 15 year old Andy Glendinning had his first “official” appointment when he handled the under 13 contest between Carlisle and Morpeth.