Cumbria rugby union action this weekend

Carlisle Rugby Club. Photo: Carlisle Rugby Club

Carlisle returns to action at Warwick Road on Saturday after a nightmarish month in a hugely disappointing season.

Carlisle, ravaged by injuries at the start of the campaign, recently committed a Covid offense that saw them lose four games together.

They are at the bottom of North One West due to points deduction and can only hope the worst is behind them and they continue to accumulate points.

Fortunately, with another league reorganization coming into effect next season, Carlisle won’t have to worry about the prospect of being relegated without being forced to relegate at this level.

Tomorrow, they hope, will start to be a big end to the season with a home game against Birkenhead Park.

The visitors are firmly in the middle with 40 points from their 13 games, including nine wins.

As always, a lot will depend on the strength of the teams that can put out the two clubs.

Penrith

Penrith is on his way to Broughton Park after last week’s 22-7 defeat at Kendal.

They will see it as an opportunity to return to winning ways against a team that is in fourth place with just three wins to date.

Team manager Mike Sanderson said: “The Penrith side could come off Mine Bridge with their heads held high and know that if they play something like this at Broughton Park this weekend they will get away with the spoils. Each of the 18-man squad got stuck and played their part.”

While it was their best away performance of the season, it still wasn’t good enough to beat a good, well-organized Kendal side on their home turf. It was good enough to get them close in the first half and make their supporters nervous at half time, but not to take control of them in the second half, where the game was decided.

Kendal

Up to second in the standings, Kendal has the biggest game in North Two West when they take on third-placed Firwood Waterloo with a six-point lead.

Cockermouth/St Benedict’s

North Two West are setting up a Cumbria derby as Cockermouth host St Benedict’s, after both had contrasting matches last week.

Cockermouth lost 76-7 to 100% leaders Anselmians, while Benny’s had a close match with Orrell before losing 25-20 to Mirehouse.

Unfortunately, Cockermouth’s position was not helped by injuries during their game and that will affect the roster this weekend.

Keswick

Keswick was short by seven regulars when they went under 42-10 at Rochdale and expect to have a few back tomorrow when they host Leigh. They are one point and one place behind their visitors in a fifth on fourth clash.

Aspatria

Aspatria is in a big game at Bower Park in Durham Northumberland One when they entertain fourth seeded South Shields Westoe. The Black Reds put on quite the show with leaders Northern last week before losing 17-5 and face a tough task to recapture the teams above them and finish fourth.

Playing in the Cumbria League: Creighton v Hawcoat Park; Furness v Millom; Whitehaven v Egremont; Wigton v Workington.

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