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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Cockermouth and Glasson reach Cumberland Cup semi-finals

Cockermouth and Glasson have made progress in the SJR Cumberland Cup, both reaching the semi-finals.

But there was disappointment that the other two quarter-finals had to be called-off as two of the clubs involved couldn’t raise sufficient players.

Broughton Red Rose were due to go to Maryport on Friday night but pulled out while Aspatria were unable to get a side to travel to Kells on Saturday.

In addition the Plate competition developed into a farce as both semi-finals were unplayed. Ellenborough couldn’t find a team to go to Distington and Frizington conceded their tie at Seaton.

League officials might be tempted to ask whether the switch to summer rugby – and the recent spell of hot weather – has had anything to do with the postponements following a change from winter.

It’s probably not the right time, however, to make an assessment and will be discussed at some length after the end of the first summer season. A number of players and officials have said how much they enjoy the switch to summer.

But the high number of games being called-off or conceded is a big worry to the League.

Cockermouth saw-off Hensingham 34-10 after taking a 16-4 advantage into the break.

Jack Clarke (2), Mark Watson (2), Mark McMillin, Mark Haycock and Nathan Lawman scored the Cockermouth tries. Clarke added two successful kicks and Matty Henson also put one over.

For Hensingham there were tries for Chris Dodd and Darren Nicholson while Dean Laverick put over a kick.

It was a similar scenario in the tie involving Glasson and Wath Brow as the home side built on an 18-6 interval lead to win 38-12.

The Glasson tries were scored by Paul Upex (2), Greg Rowley (2), Matt Johnson, Chris Tomlinson and Nathan Lucock The goals were kicked by John Fidler (3) and Lee Taylor (2).

Wath Brow’s response came from two tries by Liam Martin and Neil Gregg with Jamie Sharp notching two goals.

There was one Dale Campbell-Savours Cup game in which Flimby thrashed Lowca 74-4 on the Copeland side’s pitch.

David Colley scored Lowca’s sole try but Flimby ran away with the game as Gary McGraffin and Ricky Holt led the way with a hat-trick of tries each. Grant Underwood, Dave Torley, Andrew Pearce, John Todd, Luke Grima, Connor Wilson, Lewis Crellin, Nathan Kirkbride and Ryan Williams also contributed to Flimby’s 15-try haul. Andrew Pearce and Holt did the kicking during the 15-try haul.

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