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The National Colts Cup saw Cumbria rivals Carlisle and Keswick drawn in the second round on Sunday 16th October.
Keswick started the match much the brighter team and soon had points on the board with a penalty for infringement at the ruck.
Carlisle were still trying to organise themselves when Keswick broke through the home defence to score in the left corner and put themselves 8 points clear. With Carlisle continuously infringing at the breakdown Keswick were unlucky not to put more points on the board.
However Carlisle began to gel together as a team and Louis Cawley soon put the home side on the score sheet with their first try of the day. Carlisle were beginning to bring pressure in the scrum and it wasn’t long before this advantage allowed fullback Alex Clark to cross the tryline to put the Carlisle side into the lead at half time.
Keswick were not giving in though and soon regained the advantage with a try of their own shortly after the start of the second half.
That however was to be Keswick’s final points of the day as the home side began to dominate the loose play and fine individual play in the backs was converted into tries for Alex Clark, wing Jack Walker and outside centre Matty Little, with inside centre Andy Glendinning converting two of them. The Colts now progress into round 3 with an away match into deepest Yorkshire to look forward to.
Kick off time: 1pm
Match: Carlisle v Keswick
Won / drawn / lost: won
Result: 29 v 13
Half time score: 10 v 8
Report sent in by: Bill Glendinning