Conditions couldn’t have been more different for the First XV’s trip to West Cumbria compared to the trip last year. And it seems the dry conditions suited the visitors as they ran in 12 unanswered tries for a comfortable victory.
After a nervy few opening minutes James Radcliff opened the scoring, using footwork and speed to get to the line. A few minutes later Mark Greenhalgh broke the line and offloaded to the supporting Radcliff who went in for his second. Egremont then looked to reinforce their defences in the middle of the field, which created space for Luke Cullen out wide and a third try in quick succession. This marked the opening of the floodgates and further tries from Steve Lillie, Tom Chapman, Greg Wilson, Freddie Oakey, Sam Simpson and a third for James Radcliff were scored before the break. Amazingly only two of those were converted and the half-time score was 49-0.
In the second half Egremont came out much more focused and aided by some generous refereeing decisions were able to make it a much tighter affair. 10 minutes passed before Martin Thompson found himself in acres of space and able to stroll in. Another 10 minutes went by before Freddie Oakey showed excellent pace to evade several defenders from inside his own half to cross for his second and the eleventh try of the day. With time running out James Radcliff completed the scoring with his fourth of the day. No more conversions were added, despite three different kickers having a go, so the final score was 64-0.
Another five points added to the league table as Eccles continue their promotion push. With just two games remaining, and Aspatria breathing down their necks, there’s no room for error in their bid to make the play-offs. The next step is welcoming relegation-threatened Keswick to Gorton Street on 13/04/13.