CARNFORTH’S final league game of the season saw the team travel to Didsbury to face an Old Bedians side who harboured promotion hopes at the start of the season but will surely start among the favourites next year.
An end-to-end start to the game suited Carnforth with Ollie Cousins, Alex Talbot and Mathew Short running the ball at every opportunity.
Talbot showed his skills as he weaved in and out and was unlucky not to open the scoring when a tackle from nowhere kept him out.
However on 15 minutes Barton made a break, centre John Edmondson crashed through and he was alert enough to off-load the ball to fellow centre Joe Harrison to break the line and score under the posts, Cousins converted.
Five minutes later and a break involving Cousins, Short and Talbot saw prop forward Shane Rich receive the ball, a superb pass to Gav Berry saw the scrum half speed down the wing to outpace the defence and score under the posts, Cousins adding the two.
This spurred Bedes back into the game and two quick tries resulted in a 10–14 deficit, the second try an excellent solo effort from the scrum half who had a fine game.
Turning round in front, the visitors got off to a bad start in the second half when a lack of concentration allowed Bedes to grab the lead with a third try.
However five minutes later and a superb break by Gavin Barton, Short and Hamer saw prop Jason Waterhouse take the ball 15 yards out, his power taking two defenders over the line to score his first try of the season, Cousins again adding two for a 21–15 lead.
On the 55 minute mark, an error downfield saw an interception gleefully taken to score under the posts, the kick would have given the hosts the lead but Cousins charged the kick down to keep the lead intact for his team.
The hosts took over the game when a loose kick from Carnforth was gathered up and the winger scored in the far corner.
Carnforth knew a try would seal the game as the Bedes kicker was having an awful day.
Rich, flanker Graham Rich, Barton, Launders and winger Phil Metcalfe all made breaks but each time were thwarted.
The hosts sealed victory in the dying minutes with their sixth try of the day to finish off their season on a high.
Carnforth now move on to the Lancashire Bowl final at Preston on Easter Monday.