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On Saturday 3rd September, Carlisle returned west after exile in the east for five years, travelling to Rochdale who had been relegated after a couple of years at Level 5 in National 3 North.
Carlisle fielded a side with several debutants, including a number who have recently stepped up from junior rugby – and to a degree it told.
The visitors were under early pressure from the home pack, and although they competed well, their effort was interupted early in the game when prop, Martin McGimpsey had to leave the field with rib damage to be replace by Martin Kalinowski.
Rochdale drew frist blood with an unconverted try on 18 minutes, with full back Jack Dawson landing a couple of penalties 27 and 37 minutes to give the city men a slender lead at the break.
Following the resumption, both sides plugged away looking for advantage but it was the home side who stretched away with a couple of tries (one converted) before Carlisle had a few bursts of inspiration with Dawson landing a try in the right hand corner to reduce the arrears at 17 pts to 11 pts and a glimmer of hope that redemption was a possibility.
Rochdale killed thge game off though with a couple of well taken converted tries – result 31 pts to 11 pts.
Scorers for Carlisle:
Tries Jack Dawson 1
Pens Jack Dawson 2
15 Jack Dawson
14 Martin Brodie
13 Luke Bell
12 Barry Earl
11 Elliot McDermott
10 Paul Minett
9 James Rocke
1 Callum Hermeston
2 Tom Graham
3 Martin McGimpsey (Martin Kalinowski)
4 Paul Halliday
5 Callum Rowlandson
6 Callum Grey (Dan Smithson)
7 Carl Robertson
8 Mark Barron (Capt)
16 Martin Kalinowski
17 Dan Smithson
18 Matthew Little
Saturday, 3rd September 2012
RFU North 1 West League
Rochdale 31 pts Carlisle 11 pts
Carlisle Crusaders 55 pts Preston Grasshoppers 7 pts
Division 1 Univeristy of Salford NW Leagues
The Crusaders fared better than their senior colleagues, with a demolition of the ‘Hoppers at Warwick Road. In an entertaining match Carlisle were rampant, showing little respect of their guests.
They were ahead 24 pts to 7 pts at the break with four touch downs a couple of conversions.
In the second period they added five more tries, three converted.
Scorers for Crusaders:
Tries: Paddy McDonnel 2
Franny Dixon 1
Matt Cullen 1
Rob Little 1
Joe Anderson 1
Tom Clark 2
Simon Little 1
Cons: Lewis Cawley 4
Paddy McDonnel 1