Dominant Egremont thrash Windermere

ON an extraordinary afternoon at Bleach Green, Egremont finally produced the type of rugby of which they were felt to be capable and, in doing so, made a nonsense of their lowly standing in the Cumbria League.

Egremont Rugby Union team photograp – photograph by Jeffrey Dixon

Windermere simply had no answer to the powerful carrying of the home side’s forwards, who laid on a steady stream of possession for the exceptionally pacy Egremont backs  who, in turn, revelled in the firm and dry conditions.

Egremont tore into the Lakeland visitors from the first whistle and were rewarded with swift tries from the excellent Jack Thompson at scrum half and elusive centre Chris Wharton.

Brad Jackson continued his excellent form with the boot by converting both scores and Egremont were up and running at 14-0 ahead within ten minutes.

Much respect goes to Windermere for composing themselves and responding with a score of their own and, to be fair, the visitors thoroughly deserved the try bonus point which they went on to claim as the game unfolded.

However, Egremont remained in irrepressible form throughout the match, and it was a fair reflection of the action on offer that the home team’s electrifying back division shared all nine tries between them, prompted by the astute game management of wise head Warren Stainton at fly half.

Centre Chris Wharton added a second to his tally, and fellow centre Callum Huck capped a strong personal display by crossing for a try of his own.

Brad Jackson kept the scoreboard ticking over not only by kicking conversions aplenty, but also by sprinting over for two fine long range tries himself.

Pride of place on the day, however, went to wing Callum Aitken who capped a superb performance by claiming a hat trick of pacy and skillful tries in an almost unstoppable display of sprinting strength.

However, as those who know the game are well aware, a team cannot play without the ball and forwards Adam Blackburn, who was outstanding throughout, Jimmy Temple and Dave Hargreaves each led by example in all areas of the field from start to finish.

The 59 – 24 result showed what Egremont can do but does not tell the whole story for the determined Windermere side made the home team work for the result.

Finally, a special mention and thanks must go to referee Martin Denvir, who not only controlled this game extremely well, but had also refereed the Egremont 18s National Cup match versus Carlisle immediately beforehand.

With the Cumbria League fixtures being a little patchy for a few weeks, Egremont next travel to Cockermouth on Saturday the 27th January, kick off at 2.15.

This will be the first game in charge for new coach Andrew Mullinder, who was the first to thank previous coach Graham Kidd for all his hard work at the club.

All at Egremont Rugby Union wish Graham well following an operation which necessitated him standing down as he undergoes a lengthy period of recovery.