Difficult Return To Action For Cumbrian Rugby Union Sides

By Robert Haile

Surprise results and a league splits after the recent round of rugby union fixtures.

It was a difficult return to action for the Cumbrian sides in the North West Division on January 7.

Kendal lost 3-28 to Wirral and Kirkby Lonsdale are now 12 points adrift after losing 7-40 to Burnage, the team above them.

In the battle at the top second placed Lymm came out on top with a 38-21 win over leaders Blackburn, who are top by seven but have play one game more.

Third placed Rossendale came away from Northwich with a 19-23 win as fourth placed Sandbach beat home side Manchester 13-18 and Macclesfield lost by two points 23-25 to Stockport.

On Saturday, January 14 Kendal host Kirkby Lonsdale in what will be a fierce contest.

Blackburn look to get their first win of 2023 when they take on Macclesfield while Burnage face second placed Lymm who will be looking to keep the pressure on Blackburn.

Wirral face third placed Rossendale with fourth placed Sandbach hosting Northwich and Stockport welcome Manchester.

Regional 1 North West Results

Kendal 3-28 Wirral

Kirkby Lonsdale 7-40 Burnage

Lymm 38-21 Blackburn

Northwich 19-23 Rossendale

Manchester 13-18 Sandbach

Macclesfield 23-25 Stockport

Regional 1 North West Table

  1. Blackburn – 61
  2. Lymm – 54
  3. Rossendale – 51
  4. Sandbach – 49
  5. Wirral – 37
  6. Stockport – 36
  7. Manchester – 36
  8. Macclesfield – 34
  9. Northwich – 33
  10. Kendal – 24
  11. Burnage – 12
  12. Kirby Lonsdale – 0

There was a shock in the Regional 2 North as the top two both lost on January 7.

Playing at home table toppers Morpeth lost by a point 19-20 to Percy Park while second placed Penrith lost 15-10 away to Northern.

In the Cumbrian derby between Aspatria and Keswick the home team took the bragging rights with a 11-5 win.

While Carlisle lost 66-14 away to Durham City, Consett were beaten 27-36 by Stockton and Middlesbrough ran out 46-8 winners against South Shields Westoe.

On January 14 Keswick face Northern and Morpeth take on Middlesbrough in the 2pm (14:00) kickoffs.

Consett host Durham City, South Shields Westoe welcome Aspatria, Stockton face Penrith and Carlisle take on Percy Park at 2:15 (14:15).

Regional 2 North Results

Aspatria 11-5 Keswick

Consett 27-36 Stockton

Morpeth 19-20 Percy Park

Northern 15-10 Penrith

Middlesbrough 46-8 South Shields Westoe

Durham City 66-14 Carlisle

Regional 2 North Table

  1. Morpeth – 57
  2. Penrith – 55
  3. Northern – 50
  4. Middlesbrough – 46
  5. Durham City – 42
  6. Percy Park – 41
  7. Aspatria – 29
  8. Consett – 24
  9. South Shields Westoe – 19
  10. Keswick – 17
  11. Stockton – 16
  12. Carlisle – 4

With the round on January 7 completed the Cumbria League now splits into two.

Cockermouth moved up to second with a 45-7 win against Workington as Egremont lost 5-10 to Whitehaven.

Creighton beat Wigton 15-10 as St Benedicts came back from Hawcoat Park with a 41-26 defeat.

Millom took the points with a home win awarded against Silloth.

In the Conference 1 round Cockermouth host Whitehaven, Egremont play Wigton and Upper Eden face Millom.

In Conference 2 Hawcoat Park welcome Creighton, Silloth host Penrith and St Benedicts play Workington.

Cumbria Fixtures

Egremont 5-10 Whitehaven

Creighton 15-10 Wigton

Cockermouth 45-7 Workington

Hawcoat Park 41-26 St Benedicts

Millom HW Silloth

Cumbria Table

  1. Upper Eden – 55
  2. Cockermouth – 45
  3. Egremont – 42
  4. Wigton – 29
  5. Whitehaven – 27
  6. Millom – 26
  7. St Benedicts – 24
  8. Hawcoat Park – 22
  9. Silloth – 22
  10. Penrith 2nd – 19
  11. Creighton – 10
  12. Workington – -2