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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Wigton v Aspatria in North Lancs Cumbria league opener

Wigton and Aspatria, relegated together from North One West last season, will meet in a tasty start to the 2012-13 campaign on September 1.

Nigel Beaty photo
Nigel Beaty

The two clash in the new surroundings of North Lancs Cumbria, lining-up at Lowmoor Road for the first derby of the season.

But the fixtures have been constructed in such a way that the reverse games aren’t played until the final day of the season on April 20.

Aspatria are also away in their second game, at Didsbury Toc H and don’t play at home until September 22 when they host Workington.

Six teams from Lancashire join the eight Cumbrian teams in the formation of the League, and there are trips out of the county on opening day for five of our sides.

Workington go to Aldwinians; newly promoted Whitehaven are at Blackburn; Cumbria League champions Keswick visit Heaton Moor; St. Benedict’s are on the road to Eccles and Egremont are the first visitors for newly promoted Littleborough, which is near Rochdale.

Apart from the derby game between Wigton and Aspatria, the only game in the League being played in the county is Upper Eden v Didsbury Toc H.

Keswick and Whitehaven moved up from the Cumbria League, which is expected to be split into a re-organised competition, although no fixtures have been released yet.

With Wigton and Aspatria being relegated from North One West, it leaves only Carlisle and newly promoted Kirkby Lonsdale to fly the Cumbrian flag.

Carlisle start the new season with a trip to Rochdale while Kirkby Lonsdale will host Wirral.

Penrith will have Cumbrian company after surviving in National Three North last season as Kendal were relegated from National Two.

The pair will meet on September 29 at Winters Park with the return at Mint Bridge on January 19.

Penrith will open the new campaign on September 1 at home to Percy Park while Kendal are at Mint Bridge against Burnage.

Penrith will be organising some pre-season events starting tonight (6.30 pm) when a scrummaging session for all front row players, aged 16 and over, will be taken by senior coaches Colin Pietersen and Keith Robinson

The rugby club has also announces a partnership with Penrith-based Sculpt Personal Training.

New director of rugby Nigel Beaty said: “We all know how important fitness is for rugby players.

“I am very pleased that Sculpt Personal Training will provide expert advice for the players at the Penrith club.

"Personal trainers Mike Salkeld (an ex-player), James Pittam and Clwyd Price-Jones have a wealth of knowledge we can utilise to improve fitness levels and knowledge throughout the club"

Sculpt Boot Camps are run for members and non members at the Rugby Club every Thursday evening from 6-15pm-7-15pm.

Initially they will host a session on Thursday at 6.30 pm at the club gym. It is weight training for rugby, suitable for all players (age 16 and over)and an opportunity to learn the key rugby specific exercises to improve performance.

Beaty said: “They will also be involved in the first few sessions of pre-season training putting players through their unique Sculpt Boot Camp specifically designed for rugby.”

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