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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

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Aspatria Hornets must be buzzing from first minute to last against Glasson

Newcomers Aspatria Hornets know they must perform for the full 80 minutes in the E J Lamb and Son amateur cup first round against Glasson Rangers tomorrow.

Division One Glasson scored all their points in the last 10 minutes against Broughton last week to snatch an 11-10 league win, Greg Rowley’s drop-goal sealing the two points.

“The Amateur Cup game will be a real test,” said an Aspatria spokesman.

“They showed their mettle against Broughton and scored all their points late in the game, so we know we will have to play for 80 minutes, if we are to stand a chance of getting anything from the game.

“It is as close as we get to a local derby and there is a healthy rivalry between the two clubs with Hornets stalwart Peter Thorndike being a Glasson ‘native,’ as well as Craig Hamilton, who spent over 12 seasons at the Rangers before joining the Hornets.

“It has been a tough start to the season as we have faced two of the form teams in Division Two in Lowca and Flimby respectively.

“We gave ourselves too much to do in both games and conceded far too many points. Flimby was a case in point; we let them race away and then tried to play catch-up.

“It is worth bearing in mind that out of the squad of 17 at Lowca, eight only took up rugby league last season and out of the other nine, two were under 18.

“However, there have been many reasons to be positive. We have welcomed back exciting prospect, Mark Irwin, who is at home in the centres or second-row.

“We also have high hopes for 17-year-olds Luke Crossman and Luke Johnson who play loose-forward and stand-off respectively.

“We have signed Chris Scott from local rugby union and hope he can add to the team when he learns the ropes.”

Aspatria will be without talisman Kevin Clark, the ex-Ellenborough skipper, due to a back injury, and strike player Richard Holliday, who is suspended.

“Prospects and goals for this season are to target a top five finish and also to be competitive in all games,” the Hornets spokesman added.

“This is still only our second season, if you count the truncated season, and the primary focus is to continue the development of the squad.”

Division Two Ellenborough face a stiff task against visitors Kells, who hammered previously unbeaten Maryport 66-16 in their league opener last week.

Maryport will hope to return to winning ways in the cup, but it doesn’t get much easier for them as they travel to Seaton.

Cockermouth must be on their guard at Hensingham. The rivals met in the league last week, hosts Cockermouth fighting off a second-half comeback to win 25-14, and tomorrow’s cup game is in Whitehaven.

A Masters competition under modified rules for over-35s will be held at Hensingham on Sunday from 1pm.

The host club, Wath Brow and Frizington are among those to enter, but individuals without a team are also welcome to join in. Sport Relief fund-raisers will be held on the day.

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