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Friday, 19 September 2014

Elbra head tackle standings

CUMBRIA Cup finalists Ellenborough have rocketed to the top of the Ravensport Tough Tackle Trophy standings.

The Maryport ARL outfit overtook Bank Quay Bulls and Blackbrook at the weekend, after their rivals for the trophy shipped 18 and 16 points respectively.

Ellenborough’s average remains at 8.33 points conceded per game, with Bank Quay on 8.66 and Blackbrook on 8.77.

Conference League Millom are the only other Cumbrian outfit in the top 10, in ninth-place on 12.33.

Ellenborough’s impressive 16-10 Amateur Cup success against league leaders Kells on Saturday does not count in the standings.

“Our defence was awesome at Kells, and our attacking play was good as well,” said chairman Wilson Smith (pictured).

“We were unlucky on a number of occasions not to score more points and we bossed the second-half, even though we only scored four points.

“I know Kells’ ex-pros couldn’t play, but they still had a strong squad out. We played in to the wind in the second-half and it was hard graft.

“But the match was played in a good spirit, well refereed by Paul Grundhill with very little foul play.”

Ellenborough, with games in hand, could bounce from sixth to second in the Cumberland League behind Kells if they win at Glasson tomorrow in one of only two division one matches being played.

The other sees champs Seaton travel to Broughton Red Rose.

“We beat Glasson 42-10 in the Amateur Cup first round but they are a dogged team,” added Smith.

Ellenborough welcome back David Whitworth, who has scored 11 tries in six outings since his return from Workington Town, Stephen Stoddart and Barrie Murdock.

They face Kells in the Cumbria Cup final at Derwent Park on December 29.

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