The blue and golds clinched the NCL division 3 title with four games to spare with a performance that typified their season- ruthless and clinical when they had to be.
A big celebration is now planned at next week’s televised game at home to Dewsbury Celtic this coming Saturday.
A jubilant Head Coach Scott Taylor commented;
“We achieved what we set out to achieve at the start of the season. I am really proud of you all. There are 4 games to go. Can we put on a show for the television cameras next week? Can we go unbeaten in the league all season?'”
The hosts attempted to blow away the visitors away very early indeed. In just the opening four minutes, new signing Bobby Downs had sneaked over from dummy half and Ben Atkin had gone over from a typically quick handling movement. Josh Poskitt had added the extras but the Cumbrians hit back. Ross Brookes crossed for a try converted by points machine Lee Postlethwaite.
After 15 minutes a cross-field kick by Lewis Poskitt caused some confusion for Jack Humphries to pounce and score. The rest of the half remained scoreless and very evenly contested. Right on the stroke of half-time Alex Starling was unlucky to break through and lose the ball over the line. The visitors were not afraid to give the ball plenty of air and there was always the threat of more points from them.
The early moments of the second half saw Alex Calvert force his way over after a penalty got them on the front foot. Calvert alongside man of the match Bobby Howdle, Alex Starling and Louis Hubbard provided the main go forward and platform for victory. Soon after Alex Starling crossed for a try before Bobby Howdle was held up over the line.
This was brief respite for the visitors as Alex Starling soon broke through to send the prolific Lewis Poskitt over beneath the posts. All the scores were converted by Josh Poskitt and more points were threatened as a menacing kick to the corner by Downs was fumbled and Jack Humphries was unlucky to lose the ball with the line at his mercy.
Billy Riby then crossed but was penalised for a double movement.
The Cumbrians played their part in the contest and deservedly pulled back some points when Adam Kelly crossed but then Lewis Pokitt added his second before Ethan Kelly scored three minutes from full-time. Lee Postlethwaite and Josh Poskitt added the respective conversions.
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