Hawcoat Park unsurprisingly caught the attention of the underperforming Carlisle Crusaders, who scored 87-29 in Cumbria's Division 1 last Saturday, while Luke Harrison scored a hat trick.
The Maroon and Whites crossed the line 13 times in total against a young Crusader team, who had to borrow some players from the hosts after leaving Carlisle with only 11 in their group.
For this reason, visitors deserve a ton of credit for fulfilling their mission and they still managed to show some quality under the winter sun, even though they were mostly overgrown.
As might be expected, Hawcoat started the strongest on both sides and midfielder Lewis Sayle played a leading role in early trade by allowing himself two tries.
Former captain Jason Priss returned to side # 8 and was another player who had a very good game and who scored between Sayle's attack.
Winger Harrison was a handful every time he got his hands on the ball, running strong and showing a good pace throughout the match. He and center-back Chris Burns, another efficient runner, also scored the score before the half-hour mark, with a score of 35-0.
At that point, Carlisle scored his first try and Col Wright, a home player who plays nicely with Carlisle, played well and made a mistake by finishing in the corner.
Before the break, forward Rodney Odondi scored Park's sixth try, catching a perfect kick for George Smith's half-ball, although he unfortunately pulled his hamstrings in the end.
The Maroons and Whites scored a 40-5 lead at half-time, but Carlisle, to their credit, dug deep in the second half.
The intensity in the home game has diminished a bit as mistakes have been made and tackles missed, but that has nothing to envy to the spirit and the effort put forth by the guys from Carlisle, who at one point played good rugby in handling. score at 45- 24.
Hawcoat, however, completed the strongest tests, including Luke Harrison, who had a hat-trick, and, much to his teammates' surprise, let the ball go over the line after a long pass to the floor.
Park's other tryouts in the second half came from Priss, Burns, Smith (who also started 11 conversions to finish with a personal score of 27 points), Paul Woodburn and Andy Graham.
Special thanks to Martin Kennedy, Wright, Colin Niven, Graham and Andy Kent, who wear Carlisle shirts from different eras.