Narrow loss for Egremont at Aspatria

EGREMONT Seconds and Aspatria Eagles produced a match on Friday, November 11 at Bower Park which was a credit to Cumbria League Two rugby. The only time that there was […]

EGREMONT Seconds and Aspatria Eagles produced a match on Friday, November 11 at Bower Park which was a credit to Cumbria League Two rugby.

The only time that there was no action on the pitch was just before the kick-off, when both teams immaculately observed a Remembrance Day silence.

As soon as the whistle sounded for the start of the match, however, the action came thick and fast with each side contributing fully to a highly entertaining game.

Egremont made by far the better start and, with their pacy backs settling into an excellent rhythm, the Bleach Green side carved out a 13-0 lead through a darting individual try from scrum half Jack Thompson and three kicks from the huge boot of debutante full back Brad Jackson.

Aspatria finally responded with a crucial score on the half time whistle which gave the home team renewed confidence as they trailed 7-13 at the break.

As soon as the game restarted, it quickly became clear that the Aspatria coaching staff had altered tactics as their bigger, well-drilled forwards took control with a series of driving mauls and line-outs which Egremont struggled to contain.

Three tries followed over the next twenty minutes to give the Black/Reds a commanding 22-13 lead that had never seemed likely earlier in the match.

However, to their credit Egremont gained a foothold in the Aspatria half by quickly moving the ball away from the forward battle whenever possible and a period of sustained pressure led to a converted try to bring them right back into this enthralling contest.

With the home side clearly feeling the effects of such a fast-paced game, Egremont could have snatched a result in the latter stages but Aspatria clung on and deservedly took maximum points from this excellent match.