Northwich defeat league leaders AGAIN
Carlisle 19 Northwich 21
This was an epic journey for both players and the faithful. Although the sky was overcast the pitch was in fine fettle and a large expectant crowd gathered. Sadly the blacks were without James Underhill havening had an operation on his jaw. However, Northwich were buoyed by the arrival of the excellent Scott Davidson a centre who joined the blacks from Firwood Waterloo. To be honest most of the faithful felt this was a match that would be difficult to get anything from and that a losing bonus point would be a result against the champions elect.
The match started well for the blacks and a penalty for not releasing gave Baldwin the opportunity to give them a 3 point lead after just one minute. Five minutes later the blacks extended their lead. An attacking scrum set up a series of carries that stretched the home defence leaving Skinkis on his own to collect a Baldwin cross kick to score a try. The extras went begging but the blacks were taking charge. Northwich continued to apply pressure and on the 15th minute were awarded a penalty close to the Carlisle line. Poste took a quick tap but his floated pass was intercepted and the Carlisle winger ran the length of the pitch to score a converted try. For the next 15 minutes the match was a toe to toe battle as the home side tried to asset their authority. From an attacking lineout the home side drove towards the line and despite some excellent defense they crossed the line to score a try. The extras were added and the half was played out without further score.
Ten minutes into the second half the blacks took advantage of a Carlisle knock on and went on the attack. Good work in the centre between Dale and Davidson created the space for du Randt to score in the corner. Baldwin was on target with the conversion and the blacks took a one point lead. Two further Baldwin penalties on the 58th and 75th minutes extended the lead to 7 points. The home side threw everything at the blacks whose defense was magnificent. Northwich held out until the 80th minute. Following a series of penalties close to the try line they finally succumbed to a try in the corner. The extras went begging and the nail biting commenced. However, the blacks denied Carlisle any further attacks and when the final whistle went there was a sense of disbelief. Carlisle must be sick or the sight of Northwich as the blacks had completed the double and breached the home fortress for the first time this season.
Martin Poste was visibly delighted with the lads. To a man they all stepped up and provided the travelling supporters with a match to remember.
Next week Northwich entertain Manchester KO 2.15pm
1 Joe Maddocks 2 Chris James 3 Chris Bradshaw 4 Chris Heywood 5 Tom Clark 6 Matt Ensor 7 Sam Naylor 8 Phil Williams 9 Matt Poste (Capt) 10 Nick Baldwin 11 Will du Randt12 Richard Dale13 Scott Davidson 14 Hayden Skinkis 15 Joel Barber 16 Tom Husbands 17 Adam Bennett18 Mike Gough