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Your News Aspatria Colts once again saved by Silloth RFC

Once again the Blackreds Colts are endebted to Silloth Rugby club for allowing us to use there pitch, following Saturday nights frost. The pitch at Bower Park being frozen and unplayable, Jimmy Lettice kindly allowed us the use of their facilities for our game against Blackburn, which following the match at Blackburn promised to be a tight game, but due to injuries and work commitments Aspatria could only field a scratch side, and consequently suffered as a result.

The young Blackreds quickly threw down the gauntlet and pressured Blackburn into giving away an early penalty, which was smartly put away by Adam Birkett, but this only seemed to spur the Lancastrians into life as they drove at the heart of Aspatrias unfamiliar defensive lineup, and when the ball went wide the Blackreds were unable to cope with the Blackburn wingers pace and he touched down for the opening try which they failed to convert, this was to be quickly followed by the lads second of the game and the conversion made the score 3-12 to the visitors.

Changes were needed and the home side was shuffled around to strengthen the midfield, and this seemed to work, with the Aspatria pack now strengthened by Dale Williams they started to look steadier in the scrums but were still being pushed off the ball in the loose and it was only a matter of time before Blackburn stretched the lead even further using their pace out wide to good advantage and scoring under the posts, the extras were added to give them a 16 point lead, which they extended to 23 points before half time and Aspatria looked like they had no answer to the onslaught. 3-26 to the visitors.

More changes were made by the home team and Jamie Hine was brought into the second row for his first home game for 2 years, with Max Scales pushed out to the wing to strengthen the defence. Hine added strength to the pack and thereafter the scrum held solid, and with Scales solid tackling on the wing Blackburns strike player had nowhere to go and took little part in the rest of the game.

Man-of-the-match Carlisle King was like a terrior in the second half and was all over the field pressurising Blackburn into mistakes, robbing ball and making yards along with Tarren Vailionis Jon Sandwith, Joe Barrow and Richard Ridley with Kristian Borthwick marshalling his backs they probed at the Blackburn line through Scales who was brought down a yard short but quickly recycled the ball for Birkett running hard on a good line to cross unchallenged for the Blackreds only other score of the game. Blackburn scored another converted try before the final whistle. Although deservedly beaten, the Blackreds coaches were justifiably proud of a tremendous second half performance from this much under strength team.

One more match to go in the league, at home to Waterloo, and if this frost persists we may well be back at the seaside club to play if they will allow us, this team get better each week and are well worth coming to watch, with most of them still eligible to play junior colts next year, and a good crop of young players coming up behind them the future looks bright for Aspatrias Junior colts.

Aspatria 8 Blackburn 33

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