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Carlisle under 15s travelled to Preston for what promised to be a tough fixture.
The game started briskly and Carlisle set about establishing early control with strong rucking and determined tackling. Preston seemed taken aback by this start and after five minutes Elliott Baines was able to complete a determined run through several tackles and into the corner for a try in his first game since early November.
James Spencer slotted the conversion. For the next twenty minutes a very even contest continued with Preston determined to stay in the game.
Their pressure paid off as desperate Carlisle defending gave away two penalties from which an equalising try came. Carlisle immediately came back and worked their way back up to the five metre line for Christian White to dive over the line as a prop should and finish the half at 12 – 5.
The second half saw changes on both sides and one or two of the Preston subs made a difference to the determination levels and the angles of running.The first 15 minutes saw Preston get a try from a period of sustained attacking pressure, another from a break out in their own 22 and, as Carlisle’s lack of recent match action told as some players tired, a third unanswered try finished the scoreline at 22 – 12 to Preston.
Despite the scoreline a splendid travelling performance and an encouraging debut for Owen Mitchell which promises good things for the future.
Kick off time: 11.00am
Match: Preston Grasshoppers v Carlisle
Won / drawn / lost: Lost
Result: 22 v 12
Half time score: 5 v 12
Report sent in by: Peter Fulton