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Once again the local derby between Aspatria and Wigton was on, this time at u16s level and it was a tough dogged affair as usual. Aspatria had their strong scrummaging pack neutralised by the fact that Wigton apparently had no props, so uncontested scrums had to be played, which suited the Lowmoor road team much more than the boys from Bower Park, but it wasnt long before the Blackreds took the lead through the dependable boot of Adam Birkett.

Wigton tackled absolutely superbly throughout the whole game and with pace in the backline looked very dangerous on the break, and it was one of these breaks when some shoddy tackling from Aspatria allowed the wigton winger to score in the corner and give the home side the advantage at 5-3.

Birkett was soon to put the Blackreds back in front with another well taken penalty but the home side finished the half with another try and looking the more likely winners. 10-6 to Wigton

Sir Alex Fergusons hair dryer has absolutely nothing on coach Karl Birketts Space heater impersonation, and at the start of the second half Im sure I could see smoke rising from singed eyebrows, something certainly fired the Blackreds up, as they looked like a different side, with captain Richard Ridley leading the charge, aided by Tarran Vailionis, James Ravell and Adam Birkett with Carlisle King making a nuisance of himself around the loose. It was the rampaging runs of the aforementioned that lead to Aspatrias try, with Ravell touching down on the line, unfortunately referee Richard Mattinson was unsighted, and had no alternative other than to award a 5 metre scrum to Aspatria. Adam Birkett picked up from the base of the scrum and drove over the line, but had the ball kicked out of his hands in the act of grounding the ball and was judged to have knocked on, thereby giving the put in to Wigton who tried to clear their lines through the boot of Jordan Crosby, but the ever alert Sam Carter charged down the kick and dived on the ball to give Aspatria a 1 point lead with a very difficult conversion attempt into the wind to come. From the 5 metre line, Birkett struck the ball beautifully but the wind caught it and it looked as if it was going to be short, however the ball bounced on the crossbar and went over to the delight of the Aspatria support.

There were 3 u15s in the Aspatria side, Oliver Gray making his debut for his dads old club, David Eilbeck making his comeback appearance and Patrick Foster starting his first game of the season, these lads must be applauded for the way they slotted into the team, and will certainly be an asset to the team in the coming games.

The rest of the game saw both sides good tackling cancel out any scoring chances, and it was certainly the green shirts of Wigton who had the territorial advantage towards the end, but Aspatria proved just too strong and perhaps more streetwise and prevented any further score.

Wigton 10 Aspatria 13 the Blackreds now face Kendal in the semi final at Bower Park to be arranged.

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