Weightman the hero as Carlisle beat Wilmslow
Last updated at 12:11, Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Glen Weightman was the hero for Carlisle as he scored all his side’s points in a 19-13 North One West win at Wilmslow.
Carlisle had to shuffle the pack prior to setting off for Cheshire but the reshaped eight worked well as a unit and created a platform for eventual victory.
Wilmslow made the initial probes, but it was the Cumbrians who were first on the scoreboard when Weightman slotted home a couple of penalties on three and eight minutes.
Play switched from end to end with both sides playing some fluent rugby and equally determined in their defensive work.
Carlisle had the lion’s share of possession, and as well as taking almost all of their own ball at the line outs, they were dominant enough to take 60 per cent of the opposition ball thanks to the superiority of number eight Ryan Feeney and flanker Bobby Sherlock.
The half-hour was marked by a try from Weightman as he dummied his way through to touch down between the posts and duly converted.
The hosts responded and although defending well, the city side ceded a penalty to allow them to close the gap. But that was cancelled out on the break when Weightman increased his contribution with his fourth penalty of the afternoon.
The half time score might have looked cosy for Carlisle, but the second period was tense for both sides, but defences were eager to hold firm. The more the game went on it was fairly clear that it would take a touch of magic for either side to add to what they had.
In the early minutes of the half, Wilmslow put the Carlisle line under some sustained pressure, but such was the determination of the rearguard action, a score was unlikely.
Scrum-half Tim Hughes was sin binned three minutes in and within moments, the referee awarded a penalty try that was converted.
The only other score was a Wilmslow penalty two minutes from time.
On balance, Carlisle certainly deserved to consolidate their league placing and it was heartening to see that late changes don't necessarily disrupt things too much.
First published at 12:04, Tuesday, 27 November 2012
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