November Sports Round Up

ROBERT HAILE gives us the latest sports round-up with Rugby Union and Cup Football.

FOOTBALL: Windscale lose out to lucky Amateurs

Kept in the dark: The faulty lights at the Egremont Falcon Complex meant a stop-start for the match  -photo by Robert Haile

Kept in the dark: The faulty lights at the Egremont Falcon Complex meant a stop-start for the match -photo by Robert Haile

ON Tuesday October 11 Windscales FC hosted local side Whitehaven Amateurs in the second round of the Cumberland Cup under the floodlights of the Falcon Club pitch.

The start of the eagerly anticipated game did not go the way of the home team as a miscommunication between the Windscale defence and goalkeeper let Whitehaven in to score within the first five minutes.

As the first half progressed Windscale’s grew in confidence and started to look the more likely to score while Whitehaven made plenty of progress down the home teams left but created few chances.

With half time approaching Whitehaven’s keeper was called into dramatic action as a he flung himself to tip a Windscale shot wide and then a finger tip save after a cross evaded all defenders to find a free Windscale player.

The second half fell into the same routine after Whitehaven had started brighter.

Pushing for an equaliser Windscale were caught on the break and Whitehaven sweeping up the pitch scored.

Making the game 0 – 2.

The floodlights then made themselves known as some had flickered all game went out several times.

In between the lights going out Windscales pushed for a goal and again a deep cross found a free player but for the Whitehaven keeper to get something on it and send the ball wide.

The lights went out for a final time to send Whitehaven Amateurs into the next round with a 0 – 2 victory.

RUGBY UNION

We’re going over: Egremont probing the Tarleton line in the final minutes - leading to their 14 - 11 win  -photos by Robert Haile

We’re going over: Egremont probing the Tarleton line in the final minutes – leading to their 14 – 11 win -photos by Robert Haile

ANOTHER early away trip to Carlisle Crusaders on Saturday September 24 supplied more drama as Egremont took to the field with 14 men.

After trailing 22 – 7 at half time Egremont came back to win 27 – 31.

The Cumbria Cup threw Whitehaven and Egremont together on Saturday October 1.

Paying their second visit to Whitehaven Egremont were looking to reverse the result from the opening day however Whitehaven repeated the day with a 36 – 15 win.

The visit of in form Cockermouth to Bleach Green on Saturday October 8 was part of a double header with the Second team facing Wigton.

Up first was the seconds who lost 5 – 24 before the first team lost an entertaining game 29 – 38

The visit of Tarleton in the National Cup on Saturday October 15 provided a change of emphasis with the Lancashire team providing a different challenge.

going-high

Going high: A missed step for Egremont in their match against Tarleton as their line out failed to keep the ball

In a highly entertaining encounter Tarleton seemed to have the upper hand with some strong running and quick passing that had Egremont scrambling in defence.

The home team went in with a 8 – 5 lead before Tarleton fought back to 11 – 11 and missed a drop goal attempt which Egremont with the last kick of the game converted their own drop goal despite Tarleton finger tips to win 14 – 11.

Dukinfield are next in the National Cup with an away trip on December 3 but first up are away trips to St. Benedicts and Furness before

Keswick visit on November 5.

Hopefully there will be fireworks to match the explosive rugby that Egremont are playing.

 


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