April Sports Round up

Report  and photos Robert Haile.


Rangers on the attack


Rangers on the attack: Egremont Rangers looking to breakthrough Wath Brow Hornets’ defence.


Wath Brow Hornets power to victory over Egremont Rangers

THE first match of the new National Conference League Premier Division provided plenty to ponder as the first of the six Cumbrian derbies took place on Saturday March 12.

Wath Brow Hornets welcomed Egremont Rangers and took no time in showing their intent to send them away with no points.

Within the first five minutes the Hornets were over the try line twice only to be denied by the referee for a forward pass and Rangers holding the ball up over the line.

It was third times a charm as Ryan Amor crashed over the line after some slick passing and powerful running punished Rangers.

Get ready: Egremont's Matty Henson starts off another Rangers' attack in the first half.

Get ready: Egremont’s Matty Henson starts off another Rangers’ attack in the first half.

As Fran King burst through the Rangers’ defence to set up Dean Rooney for the Hornets’ second try, the match looked like it was racing away from Rangers as the Hornets looked in the mood for a big score.

Then the Rangers fight back began as some quick passing after a high kick put Mike Ellwood over for the first of his two tries.

As half time approached the Hornets were applying pressure on the Rangers’ defence and Hornets’ Luke Davison crossed to regain the lead.

The second half had none of the first’s free flowing attacking rugby and descended into a classic derby.

Taking the sting out of a Hornet attack: Egremont's stubborn defence halts a Brow's attack.

Taking the sting out of a Hornet attack: Egremont’s stubborn defence halts a Brow’s attack.

As tackles started flying in, to the crowds cheers, a couple of Rangers’ players were on the receiving end of a couple of high tackles that resulted in the Hornets’ Richard Huby being sin binned.

Even down to 14 men the Hornets extended their lead as Mark Watson scored the only try of the second half.

As frustration took hold Rangers’ Matty Henson was sin binned.

The final points of the match were added by Hornets’ Cole Walker Taylor.

The 24 – 12 win for the Hornets gives them bragging rights until the two meet on Saturday June 25.


Egremont and Cleator Cricket Preview

AS WINTER has moved into spring and the rugby league and speedway seasons have started, it is cricket’s turn to have pads and bats dusted off.

As Cleator announce their professional for the season, Sri Lankan Chaturanga De Silva, they will be hoping he can help fire the club back into the national consciousness like when they won the Davidstow Village Cup at Lord’s in 2013.

The first team start their league campaign with an away trip to Workington on Saturday April 30 before home games against Furness on Saturday May 7 and local derby against Whitehaven on Saturday May 14.

Sunday May 15 sees an away trip to Millom for the Higson Cup.

The second team face Vickerstown at home on Saturday April 30 before away trips to Furness seconds on Saturday

May 7 and they too have a local derby with Egremont on Saturday May 14.

Sunday May 22 sees the previous days home match against Hawcoat Park in the Marsden Cup.

Egremont open their season with a home game against Dalton seconds on Saturday April 30 before visiting Vickerstown on Saturday May 7.

The home derby with Cleator follows the week after.

In the Marsden Cup Egremont are at home to Lindal Moor seconds on Sunday May 22.

Egremont Second team start their league campaign with an away trip to Whitehaven seconds on Saturday May 14 before welcoming Haverigg seconds on Saturday May 21.

In the Vigodny Cup they visit Vickerstown seconds on Saturday June 11.


Egremont Rugby Union March round-up

MARCH saw Egremont Rugby Union club travelling around the county, with away trips to Workington and Millom before hosting Windermere.

First up was a top of the table clash as first place Workington welcomed second placed Egremont looking to climb above their rivals.

Sadly Saturday February 20 was not that day as the home team ran out 24 – 7 winners.

Travelling to Millom on Saturday February 27 Egremont were looking to get back to winning ways.

They did this in style as they turned Millom over 38 – 8. Returning back to Bleach Green the Egremont side welcomed Windermere.

The second to last home game proved to be difficult despite the 39 – 20 score line.

With four games left Egremont still occupy second place with a visit to third place Keswick on Saturday April 2 and then their final home game against Millom on Saturday April 9.