Reds first away game in the Cumberland County League saw them travel to Carlisle for a tough looking fixture against Pirelli.
After a cautious opening ten minutes, Reds managed to get a foothold in the game and, for a while, looked the better team. They were rewarded on the half hour mark when a high press forced the home ‘keeper to hurry his clearance and, somewhat fortunately, it hit Matty Foster and rebounded into the net.
The second half was a different story, however and Pirelli, to their credit, began to dominate. Some clever play and a neat finish from Kieron Blair saw them level matters midway through the half.
Reds continued to cause the hosts a few problems and looked dangerous on the counter attack. They regained the lead ten minutes before the end with a well worked goal culminating in a good finish from Jack Burns.
With time running out, Pirelli threw everything at the West Cumbrians and, deep into stoppage time, managed to find an equaliser from Jack Irving.
On reflection, a draw was a fair result but tough to take in the circumstances. Overall, though, it was another mature performance and rewarded with a valuable point.
There were several good performances, particularly from Taylor Hambling (inset) who was Reds’ man-of-the-match.
Team: Brodie Richardson, Aidan Howarth, Matty Hartley, Taylor Hambling, Harry Atkinson, Tom Skinner, Charlie Johnston, Louis Webster, Matty Foster, Jack Burns, Tom Houghton. Substitutes – Dan Whitehead, Joe Palmer, Leon Dmytrowski (all used).