Year 8 Yorkshire Cup Semi Final

Carleton - 32
Freeston - 14

Carleton travelled to Hull today knowing a victory would give them the opportunity to defend their Yorkshire Cup title, they were up against a strong Normanton Freeston team who had recently won the Wakefield Schools League cup beating Castleford Academy convincingly in the final.

On arrival at West Hull ARLFC we were informed that not all pitches would be playable and our fixture had been moved to another pitch a mile away. This was not an ideal start but, as we have come to expect, the boys adapted very well to the changes and preparation for the game was as good as ever.

Straight from kick off Carleton physically dominated Freeston reducing them to just 30 metres off their first set. This was immediately backed up by a series of strong carries by the forwards notably Joe Knox, Jake Stones and Liam Gee resulting into an accurate low kick to the corner that Ciaran McGuken was on hand to dot down for the first points of the game.

Carleton then ran an incredibly well organised set straight from the kick off which saw every player on the team involved before eventually a good pass from Stones reached McGukin and he raced in for his second try. 4 minutes into the game 10 nil Carleton!

Freeston grew into the game and started to test Carleton's defence, but the boys stood firm and repelled every attack, dealing with their strike runners very well. Freeston did eventually manage to get some points on the board executing a good kick to the corner resulting in a try to reduce the deficit. Just before half time Sam Wroe restored Carleton's lead receiving the ball 10 metres from the Freeston line and swatting defenders aside to score under the posts. Jake Stones added the extras to give Carleton a 16 - 4 lead at half time.

The second half continued in much the same fashion as the first with Carleton comfortably dealing with the strong running Freeston forwards. It wasn't long before Wroe was in again to score his second converted try crashing in from close range. Freeston managed to respond with a try of their own soon after exploiting the only real moment of weakness in the Carleton defence.

Carleton's fourth try came off the back of consistent pressure on the Freeston line and after Wroe was held up just short the ball was switched all the way across the pitch going through the hands of Stenton, Sharp, Allsopp and Sewell to allow McGukin to score in the corner. Carleton saved the best for last and worked into a good position from a penalty before executing a set move that they had scored off earlier in the game and have worked hard on in training. Sam Wroe was the man who scored the points but that kind of try only comes about from huge input from every single player on the pitch.

Freeston scored a consolation try on the final whistle but they were comprehensively beaten well before full time.

Scorers: Wroe 3,McGukin 3
Conversions: Stones 4

A fantastic performance again by all the boys, they are showing what can be achieved with commitment to training; two tries scored today have literally been months in the making!