Leigh 28 pts Carlisle 24 pts – A damp sqib

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As a consequence of letting this game slip from their grasp, Carlisle find themselves back in the relegation slots;  something that was undeserved after this performance against a team who, after an initial opening flourish, found themselves under heavy pressure from the Carlisle pack who dominated.
It’s OK dominating, but such superiority up front has to be turned into scores!  Not that the backs didn’t play their part in this game, because they did, more that they were unlucky on many occasions.
The visitor’s were ten points in arrears after the opening ten minutes, with a converted try and a penalty, but thereafter they dragged themselves up and come the break it was Leigh who were looking more nervous with Carlisle having edged in front with a 13 pts to 18 pts advantage at that stage.
Flanker Josh Holmes touched down on thirteen minutes but Glen Weightman missed the extras but atoned on nineteen minutes with a penalty.  Carlisle then had a spell without scrum half Tim Hughes who had been adjudged to be kiilling the ball.  The ensuing penalty added three points to the home tally.    Unbowed, Carlisle kept battling and with the home side found themselves struggling to contain the Carlisle pack.

Picture of Carlisle RFC Player Tim Hughes

Tim Hughes - a yellow card failed to prevent his 'Man of the Match accolade".

Weightman added a penalty six minutes before the break and with the interval about to be signalled, centre Simon Little put the ball down in the left hand corner, and Weightman converted.
Immediately after the restart Leigh drew level with a try and from then on the game was on a knife edge;  Carlisle looked the more superior side but sadly, was not reflected in their points tally!  A couple of Weightman penalties put them back in the driving seat but Leigh closed in with a penalty and just on time, snatched the match with a try,
Feeling good about a relatively competent performance is no substitute for losing, and Carlisle really need to find the try line more regularly.  Platitudes from the opposition along the lines, “you
gave us our toughest outing this season” will never be enough to ensure survival.


SSE North 1 West
Saturday, 5th November, 2011
Scorers for Carlisle:
Tries:        Josh Holmes (1), Simon Little (1).
Cons:        Glen Weightman (1)
Pens:        Glen Weightman (4)
Man of the Match:  Tim Hughes
The Carlisle squad:
15    James Rocke
14    Matt Minett
13    Matt Tinsley
12    Simon Little
11    Martin Brodie
10    Glen Weightman
9      Tim Hughes
1      Joe Anderson (Faulder)
2      Tom Graham
3      Martin McGimpsey
4      Paul Halliday
5      Callum Rowlandson (Grey)
6      Josh Holmes
7      Bobby Sherlock (C)
8      Gareth Wylie
16    Eddie Faulder
17    Callum Grey
18    Luke Bell
Nest Saturday:  Home v Widnes.