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With the last two matches cancelled, the under 16’s had a chance to blow away the cobwebs and put into practice some training ground moves against Workington.
This they duly did with an impressive display against a Workington side who seemed asleep in the first half but woke up for the second. Carlisle had all the pressure in the first ten minutes and following a Workington line out on the home 22m, Carlisle charged down a kick to touch and No 8 Stewart Cannon drove through for the first score.
Almost immediately from the Workington restart the ball was gathered in by the forwards and some deft handling worked the ball through for Wilson Noctor to release wing Scott Hogarth to race away to score under the posts. With Workington trying hard to marshall their defences, some good rucking by the forwards especially Cannon,Shepherd and Kirsopp, won the ball for Carlisle no 10 Eric Shaddock to release the Carlisle centre pair of Glendinning and Noctor, with Andy Glendinning touching down under the posts this time.
With Carlisle dominating the game, pressure down the right and good forraging by Ben Atkinson allowed Wilson Noctor to dart through a crowd of players to score on the right. This time Dean Kirsopp was just wide of the posts with the conversion.
There was just enough time left in the first half for wing Joel Collins-Butterworth to step on the gas down the right, and though just held up 5m short of the line, the resulting ruck ball was worked left for Wilson Noctor to score his second try and the last of the first half.
A few positional changes and what must have been an inspirational half time talk, resulted in a more determined Workington side in the second half. Some good interplay between their centre pairing and strong running from their No 8 started to test the Carlisle defence. However some decent tackling managed to hold off the home side and Carlisle began to get back into the game. Having spurned a 3 on 1 advantage on the right, the ball was eventually worked across to the left.
Some deft footwork from wing Tom Kelly allowed him to stay in touch and blitz past the Workington defence to score on the left touchline, Glendinning converting with his own version of the crossbar challenge. Workington however were not ready to give up and some strong running from the forwards and a break down the left was just held up on the Carlisle try line.
From the resulting Workington scrum, their forwards worked the ball right for their No 8 to drive through the Carlisle defence for what was to be the last score of the day. This was a decent performance from the Carlisle squad who showed what could be done keeping the ball in hand.
Result: 5 v 40
Half time score: 0 v 33
Report sent in by: Bill Glendinning