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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Keswick host Wigton in match of the weekend

Keswick will stage Cumbria rugby union’s match of the day tomorrow as they host Wigton at Davidson Park.

They lead the way in North Lancs Cumbria and with just three games played are the only two 100 percent teams in the league.

Wigton hold the advantage at the top of the table with a very healthy points differential – 165 scored and only 24 against. The try tally already stands at 27.

By comparison Keswick have scored just 69 and have had 54 scored against them as their three victories have been a bit tighter than Wigton’s.

But Wigton head coach Malcolm Brown says: “I have enormous respect for Keswick’s achievements thus far and will be looking to select the strongest possible XV for what promises to be a cracking game.”

With last week’s 18 who hammered Egremont 67-7 all available, Wigton have also added six more to select from a squad of 24.

Particularly strong performances by Liam Graves, Ryan Clark and Dan Reed in the Wanderers have put them in contention while Richard Moffatt (bruised knee), Rob Marrs (bruised forearm) and Mark Lee (in Germany with British Army) who missed out last week, are also in the frame.Keswick, who were champions of the Cumbria League last season, have made a positive start in the League above and do have some of the sharpest backs in the competition.

Aspatria were denied an obvious chance to get off the mark for 2012/13 in North Lancs Cumbria when Saturday’s home game was postponed.

Visitors Didsbury Toc H were stuck in traffic after a bad accident on the M6 delayed them.

A number of sporting events in the North West started late as a result, or weren’t even played.

The stranded Didsbury officials kept Aspatria informed as to what was happening and eventually it became clear that they had no real choice but to return home.

Aspatria and Didsbury Toc H were both stuck at the bottom of the table without a point, so something had to give on Saturday.

It will now be played on Saturday, November 10 – a free League date set aside for Cumbria Cup action and Aspatria will be free as they have already lost their tie at Workington.

Tomorrow Aspatria travel to Egremont while Didsbury Toc H will be hoping they make it all the way to west Cumbria as they are due at Workington.

Also in North Lancs Cumbria St. Benedict’s host Upper Eden and Whitehaven are at home to Littleborough.

Silloth are going well in the Cumbria League after recording their second win of the season, a 31-11 success at Kendal 2nds.

Coach Mark Orchard said: "It is the best I have seen our forwardsperform since I took over as coach. They won the game for us andcompetition for places is hotting up as we have Norman Reilly, StevenKnowles and Andrew Patterson available for the first time this seasonfor the trip to Kirkby Lonsdale."

Netherhall have struggled to put out a team for the last two weeks but they should be back in action tomorrow at Windermere.

In Cumbria 2SE, Keswick 2nds travel to Upper Eden 2nds.

In Cumbria 2NW, Wigton Wanderers host St. Benedict’s Ravens; Aspatria Eagles are at home to Whitehaven 2nds; Moresby are at home to Workington Steelers while Cockermouth travel to Gosforth Greengarth.

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