Cumbrian Rugby Union Sides Set To Return After Break

By Robert Haile

Rugby Union returns after the Christmas and New Year break with all three divisions back in action.

In the final rounds before the Christmas and New Year break there were only two games that survived on December 10 as Kendal lost 10-57 to table toppers Blackburn and Burnage lost 5-38 to Wirral.

While the final game of 2022 featured Burnage and Kendal with the Cumbrian side taking victory with a 7-39 win.

In the first round of the New Year both Cumbrian sides are at home on January 7 as Kendal host Wirral and the bottom two face off as Kirkby Lonsdale welcome Burnage.

The top two meet as second placed Lymm face leaders Blackburn, third placed Rossendale head to Northwich as fourth placed Sandbach travel to fifth placed Manchester and Macclesfield play Stockport.

Regional 1 North West Results

Burnage 5-38 Wirral

Kendal 10-57 Blackburn

Burnage 7-39 Kendal

Regional 1 North West Table

  1. Blackburn – 61
  2. Lymm – 49
  3. Rossendale – 47
  4. Sandbach – 45
  5. Manchester – 35
  6. Macclesfield – 33
  7. Stockport – 32
  8. Wirral – 32
  9. Northwich – 32
  10. Kendal – 24
  11. Burnage – 7
  12. Kirby Lonsdale – 0

In the two rounds before Christmas in Regional 2 North only three games survived the cold.

On December 10 Keswick make the trip to Percy Park as the home side ran out with a 39-22 win to finish their year.

Penrith returned to action and moved two points off top spot with a 41-5 win over Aspatria on December 17 with Stockton losing 10-68 to Northern.

The North division returns with a Cumbrian derby as Aspatria face Keswick, Carlisle travel to Durham City, Consett host Stockton and Middlesbrough play South Shields Westoe.

The top two kick off at 2pm (14:00) with Morpeth playing Percy Park and Penrith travelling to Northern.

Regional 2 North Results

Percy Park 39-22 Keswick

Penrith 41-5 Aspatria

Stockton 10-68 Northern

Regional 2 North Table

  1. Morpeth – 56
  2. Penrith – 54
  3. Northern – 46
  4. Middlesbrough – 41
  5. Durham City – 37
  6. Percy Park – 37
  7. Aspatria – 25
  8. Consett – 23
  9. South Shields Westoe – 19
  10. Keswick – 16
  11. Stockton – 12
  12. Carlisle – 4

It is a repeat for the Cumbria league after all games fell foul of the cold snap before the Christmas and New Year break.

On January 7 Egremont take on Whitehaven, Creighton face Wigton, Cockermouth host Workington, St Benedicts travel to Hawcoat Park and Millom play Silloth.

Cumbria Fixtures

Egremont v Whitehaven

Creighton v Wigton

Cockermouth v Workington

Hawcoat Park v St Benedicts

Millom v Silloth

Cumbria Table

  1. Upper Eden – 55
  2. Egremont – 41
  3. Cockermouth – 40
  4. Wigton – 28
  5. St Benedicts – 23
  6. Hawcoat Park – 22
  7. Silloth – 22
  8. Millom – 21
  9. Penrith 2nd – 19
  10. Whitehaven – 18
  11. Creighton – 6
  12. Workington – -2