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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Keswick and Egremont battle out rare 0-0 draw

Keswick and Egremont fought-out that rugby union rarity – a 0-0 draw at Davidson Park.

In poor weather conditions it became a fascinating struggle for supremacy with Egremont relying heavily on their strong forwards and Keswick responding in kind through their lively backs.

As the scoreline would suggest there were few scoring opportunities for either side and defences were on top throughout with the tackling keen from both sides.

Egremont were close to scoring a try when the rampant forwards drove over from a five metre scrum but couldn’t get the ball down cleanly.

Keswick had two chances to win it with penalty kicks alone and they squandered several good opportunities by taking wrong options or dropping the ball at crucial moments.

They also felt strongly that they should have been awarded a penalty try when referee Craig McFadzean only handed a yellow card to an Egremont player.

Bottom-of-the-table Egremont were delighted to pick-up two points from the effort but 17 points from safety they look certain to be playing in the Cumbria League next season.

Keswick, who have a lengthy list of players’ unavailability, are still looking over their shoulders at the last relegation place and are only five points clear of the drop zone.

Keswick coach Alan Gray said: “Egremont weren’t the worst team we have played this season but I bet they thought we were.

“We have so many players unavailable and our form has been poor.”

Bottom-of-the-table Egremont were delighted to pick-up two points from the effort but 17 points from safety they look certain to be playing in the Cumbria League next season.

Chairman of rugby Jeff Edgar said: “It was a big boost for everyone because we’ve lost our coach and a few players over the last few weeks.

“We had only won two games and collected 11 points before Saturday.”

Didsbury Toc H were kept firmly in the relegation places, with only Egremont below them, when they lost 29-0 at St. Benedict’s.

Theoretically, if Workington still feel they have an outside chance of grabbing a promotion play-off place, Benny’s should be thinking ion similar lines as they are only six points behind the Zebras with two games in hand.

At the Playground Whitehaven were beaten 6-5 by Aspatria but scored the only try of the game and were desperately close to securing a win near the end.

Aspatria dominated the first-half when they were able to edge ahead with two penalties from Jack Clegg.

The Black Reds enjoyed much more possession but the nearest they came to scoring a try was when Lee Tinnion broke through and looked a certain scorer until he was nailed and put into touch by Luke Scott.

Whitehaven responded well in the second-half.

They hadn’t been able to keep the ball in the first half, on the rare times when they got possession, but they were much more economical with the ball in their hands after the turn round.

Stephen McConnell was wide with a 40-metre penalty attempt and Steve McCourt, who had an outstanding game at fly-half, was only inches from getting over the Aspatria line.

Ten minutes from the end, however, they scored a try. Callum Rowlandson looked as if he was going for the line himself but eventually sent Kyle Jenkinson racing over in the corner. McConnell failed with the conversion.

Luke Scott (Whitehaven) and Tinnion (Aspatria) were the official sponsors men of the match.

Leaders Wigton were clear winners again, another bonus-point try success at fourth-placed Aldwinians. All five tries were converted by Ali Ledingham.

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