SLIDESHOW: Crosby St Marys 45-12 Carnforth

Carnforth RUFC.
Carnforth RUFC.

Eighteen players made the journey to Liverpool at the weekend as Carnforth were soundly beaten by Crosby St Marys.

Carnforth knew a tough game would be on the cards against a team always strong at home.

The opening 10 minutes saw the hosts keep possession well but dogged defence kept them at bay.

Tom Tinsley scored the opening try for Crosby before a quickly taken penalty saw the hosts increase the lead to 14-0.

Carnforth hit back with Jack Edmondson, Dan Blenkharn, Jason Waterhouse and Josh Wilson making breaks forward.

Blenkharn almost went through but for a great last ditch tackle whilst Crosby on the break saw Tinsley superbly tap tackled by John Edmondson when the skipper looked clear.

Five minutes before the break two more tries were added to give the hosts a 26-0 lead at the interval.

Carnforth stuck to their guns though with Haddow taking no nonsense from the home crowd.

Keith Lovering came on for his first team debut and put in some excellent tackles to thwart the Crosby attacks.

With Crosby now playing well again in the opening stages of the second half it was their impressive centre who made the error to allow full back Richard Hart to pick up just inside his own 22.

He beat two challenges before sprinting away to clear the defence for a deserved Carnforth score, Edmondson converting.

Back came the hosts with another couple of tries to stop any comeback Carnforth may have had.

At 38-7 the game had been a superb free flowing affair with no niggles but from a ruck inside the Carnforth 22 in came the Crosby number eight with his boot which saw Carnforth prop Chris Whaley led from the field.

The last five minutes saw Crosby grab a seventh try and then in the last minute a series of penalties, mainly conceded by the home flanker Robinson.

Prop Jason Waterhouse received the ball and despite a couple of high blows he managed to power through for a try in the final play of the game.