Much changed Egremont record home win

Egremont fielded a much-changed team on Saturday September 17 at Bleach Green after their defeat last week at Whitehaven.

The 2016 - 2017 Egremont Rugby Union first team - photos by Jeffrey Dixon

The 2016 – 2017 Egremont Rugby Union first team – photos by Jeffrey Dixon

 

The home side looked altogether sharper and more determined from the outset, despite losing in-form wing Albert McKay to a hamstring pull in the warm-up.

This late change brought the guile and match-management skills of coach Marc Long back into action at fly half, and he quickly introduced a formidable pattern and shape to the Egremont performance.

Windermere had travelled with a young side and despite conceding three first half tries, they remained gritty and competitive until the fifty minute mark.

Egremont led 17-0 at half time, boosted by strong performances from power-prop Paul Drysdale, lock Aidan Coulthard, Flanker Alan Case and centre Chris Wharton.

Shortly after the break number 8 Liam Martin, who was a handful throughout the game, crossed for his second try and the bonus point and this was the signal for the home team to cut loose.

Egremont thrived on a plentiful supply of ball and attacked at every opportunity and from any position on the pitch.

Lively scrum half Jack Thompson varied his style impressively, using the backs and forwards to great effect, and seized the opportunity to score an excellent try.

Not to be outdone, prop Matthew Chadwick darted thirty five metres for a further Egremont score and the powerful running centre Cameron Moore gained himself two excellent long range tries.

Lock Chris Butler and wing Bobby Hail completed the eight try scoring spree, with Chris Wharton adding five conversions for a final result of 50-5 to Egremont.

Coach Marc Long was delighted with the efforts of his team, reserving particular praise for the returning prop John Musgrave after a lengthy period of illness.

He was also keen to thank injured players Lee Stamper and Ben Jacques for offering their services and stepping in as coaches for the day.