‘A fantastic match played in fantastic spirit’

Egremont U16’s played host to Carlisle on their first outing of the season. Under a grey autumnal sky Egremont went down fighting, 47-22, against a bigger, and on the whole, older outfit. Straight from the […]

Egremont U16’s played host to Carlisle on their first outing of the season. Under a grey autumnal sky Egremont went down fighting, 47-22, against a bigger, and on the whole, older outfit.

Straight from the kick off Carlisle pushed Egremont back into their own 22 and a penalty was conceded. Carlisle opted to kick to the corner and from the ensuing line-out battered over the line to open the scoring. The restart saw Carlisle continue to dominate but stout tackling by Kieran Tomlinson helped keep them at bay. However at a defensive line-out the home side attempted to clear their lines, only to have the kick charged down, and the visitors pounced to score a second try.

Things looked ominous for the young tyros from the ’Mont but these lads never take things lying down. Despite being out-scrummaged, Sam Agnew was tackling ferociously, and Matthew LeJeune was scavenging the ball at break-down after break-down. Now Egremont were pinning the juggernauts back and lightning hands from Dan Starkie and Joseph Brennan saw the ball worked into space for George Gerry to open the home side’s account.

Egremont had their tails up and Ryan Cruden and Joe Moore were tearing into their opponents with relish. Phase after phase of recycled ball was crowned with a glorious try for Liam Quail in the corner. Carlisle now knew they had a game on their hands. Their pack tried to use their size advantage to batter down the defensive wall but Aaron Turnbull would have none of it, putting in huge bone jarring tackles. Instead the visitors spread the ball wide and eventually something had to give, Carlisle scoring to go ahead by 3 tries to 2 at the break.

After the interval the frenetic pace and fury of the game showed no signs of subsiding. Carlisle had realised their strong runners out wide held the key to success and were flinging the ball wide at every opportunity. This paid dividends and two more tries followed. Again Egremont had their backs to the wall and again they responded. Mason Lewthwaite was now bursting and weaving through tackles in trade mark style. Cameron Wood and Kieran Fox carried on the move, Kieran giving a lovely off-load to Jack Gascoyne, popping up right on cue to touch down in the corner.

Captain Johnny Crichton had been at the fulcrum of anything good for the home side. Billy Thompson worked the ball blind from a scrum and Johnny beat several men on a screaming run down the touch line. Just before the defence could close in on him he punted the ball infield and over the try line. It was the mercurial Billy Thompson who deservedly got a hand to the ball to score.

The heroic efforts of the Egremont side were now beginning to tell and they started to look weary. Carlisle took every advantage of this tiring and put a gloss on their score with two more tries to end the game.

A fantastic match, played in a fantastic spirit, with no quarter asked, or given.