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Your News Aspatria Colts in no mood to be beaten

Ripon colts arrived at Bower Park on Sunday feeling very confident, following their victory over the young Blackreds 2 weeks ago; however this was to be their undoing.

Having been stung by the defeat the Blackreds were really fired up for this one, and were not in a mood to allow anyone to get anywhere near the whitewash other than themselves, Hien Van Der Westhuizen, making a welcome return to Bower Park opened the scoring within 5 minutes of the kick-off, and Adam Birkett slotted over the extras from the 5 metre mark with ease.

From the restart Aspatria went right back on the offensive but unfortunately the ball was knocked on in the ruck and a scrum was awarded to the visitors, the clearance kick found touch, but the ever alert Olly Gray, took the throw quickly and Kris Borthwick quickly moved the ball wide, we were then treat to some lovely handling and support play and Jack Robinson finished off the move slightly closer to the posts this time and Birkett added the extras again.

Ripon had plenty of pace in their squad and tried to run round the Blackred backline, but this was never on and Paddy Foster, Borthwick, Robinson, Chris Scott, Ross Atherton and full back Gray were on hand the entire match with some ferocious tackling and great support which inevitably ended up with the ball back in Cumbrian hands and this time it was Scott who crossed the whitewash for a deserved try. More of the same followed and Chris Simons got in on the act for the forwards, this time the extras were missed. 26 0 at half time and the home side looked comfortable. Adam Birkett also scored in the first half and converted his own try, and showed everyone why Newcastle have such a high opinion of him.

In the second stanza we were treat to some wonderful counter rucking from the Blackreds and it was now time for the props to get in on the scoring act when James Ravell having scored his first senior try on Saturday for the Eagles against the old enemy Wigton, forced his way through a mass of bodies to ground the ball for Aspatrias 6th try of the game which Chris Scott improved.

Ripon made the mistake of kicking the restart short and Ravell took the ball beautifully and set off on a charge up the field, stepping the first tackler, and handing off the second with all the grace of a charging rhino, 2 more to beat, hes bound to get stopped, but again those dancing feet saw him round the tackler with only a brave full back left who made a gallant attempt at stopping the big prop but it was in vain as he brushed aside his brave efforts and flopped over behind the posts for his third try of the weekend, which was again improved on by Birkett.

Johnny Sandwith, the other prop, also making a welcome return was next to get in on the act and was driven over by the rest of the pack to register his score for the day, which sadly went unconverted. Both props were exceptional throughout the match.

The next wave of attack by the now rampant home team was finished off by Birkett with a sweetly taken drop goal from about 30 metres out. Ripon threw everything they had at Aspatria for the next couple of minute and managed to reach the 22 metre line for only the second time all day, but some more crunching tackling from the backs saw the ball dislodged and it was quickly swept up by Atherton who showed his pace and raced around a very tired and battered Ripon defence to score under the posts and once again Birkett added the extras.

One player who deserves a mention is scrum half Sam Carter who having made a wonderful break was brought down 5 metres short and failed to score and he is not going to be allowed to forget it for quite a while LOL.

The referee had seen enough by now and put Ripon out of their misery 7 minutes early. Final score 62 - 0

What a lovely way to end what had been a very gloomy weekend for Aspatria rugby , there is a light at the end of the tunnel guys but it is a few years of being a roaring flame yet, a wonderful performance from everybody, and remember some of these lads played a full game for the Eagles on Saturday.

A trip to Ryton awaits them this Sunday, come along and support if you can, and Fleetwood are visiting us on tour on the 19th of April, both these games are 1:00pm kick off

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