Monthly Sport Round Up: December

Rugby Union By Robert Haile

Jump for it: Egremont, sporting their new kit, still found the going difficult against a determined-to-win Keswick  -photo by Robert Haile

Jump for it: Egremont, sporting their new kit, still found the going difficult against a determined-to-win Keswick -photo by Robert Haile

IT was a difficult November for Egremont with two away trips and a tough encounter with Keswick at home.

First up for Egremont on the road was St. Benedicts Ravens on Saturday October 22.

After the home defeat to Cockermouth Egremont ran out 12 – 19 winners to try and kick start their season.

Next up was a trip down the coast to face a Furness team struggling at the foot of the table on Saturday October 29 – Unfortunately for Egremont they couldn’t take advantage of this and lost 27 – 5.

Returning to Bleach Green on Saturday November 5 Egremont hosted Keswick.

Before the match the new first team sponsors James Fisher Nuclear presented the team with a new kit before an explosive match.

In a match that had everything with discipline often becoming a victim it was Keswick that ran out 10 – 39 victors.

Egremont are on the road again with a trip to Millom the site of their League Cup win on November 19 and Windermere on December 10.

Bleach Green will host the Thomas Froggat Memorial match on December 28.

 

RUGBY UNION U16s by Kevin Agnew

Pose for victory: Egremont RUFC U16s posing at the score-board, celebrating their 17-5 in over Stockton  -photo by Kevin Agnew

Pose for victory: Egremont RUFC U16s posing at the score-board, celebrating their 17-5 in over Stockton
-photo by Kevin Agnew

EGREMONT RUFC U16s were invited to Stockton to play a tough, uncompromising game of rugby.

In wet, blustery conditions Egremont were deserved 17-5 winners.

Egremont had the early pressure and forays by Ben Brock and Matthew Lejeune pinned Stockton back into their half.

Stockton killed the ball at a breakdown to give the away side a penalty.

A beautifully worked move saw captain Mason Lewthwaite drag defenders across the pitch then give a lovely inside ball to Jack Gascoyne; he sliced through the remaining dumbfounded defence and touched down under the sticks.

Joseph Brennan converted.

Stockton marched the Cumbrians back up the pitch. Despite courageous tackling from Cameron Wood and co the home side kept rolling round the side of the break downs and making ground toward the Egremont line.

Inevitably the defensive line at last broke and Stockton scored. The conversion was missed.

Egremont now knew they were in for a contest where they would have to fight for every yard gained.

Joe Moore and Aaron Turnbull proceeded to do just that, battering their way back to within sight of the Geordies try line.

This and relentless pressure by Dan Starkie and Ryan Cruden provided the visitors with another penalty. Joseph Brennan kicked it to make the score at 10-5 at half time.

The second half started with an arm wrestle of a contest as both sides looked to take control of the game. Egremont pounded through the middle dragging desperate would be tacklers with them.

Sam Agnew and Joseph Brennan were fearless in the Egremont defence, refusing to give Stockton a way back into the contest.

Time for Man of the Match Billy Thompson to step up and wrest the game decisively in favour of the away team.

With a series of precise chips and deft passes he found space behind the defence and put dangerous runners such as Kieran Fox and Jamie Brown into space. Stockton were growing increasingly desperate in keeping the marauding Rogan Moss at bay from Billy’s probing kicks.

Eventually the ball broke loose to Rogan and he burst through a couple of last ditch tackles to score. The ever reliable boot of Joseph Brennan added the conversion.

Stockton knew it was now or never if they were to get back into the game, however they could find no way through. Taking a leaf out of Egremont’s book they started to vary their attacks with punts downfield. One such kick caught Egremont napping and they were thankful to the increasingly impressive Declan Walmsley who popped up from nowhere to save the day.

Mason Lewthwaite decided his team had soaked up enough pressure. Picking up from a scrum on half way he carved through the middle of the defence and headed for the line. But on this occasion it wasn’t to be and frantic tackling just managed to keep him and his support at bay.

The action was to be the last and the final whistle blew to end an intriguing and bruising encounter.


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