Whilst normally reserved for the weather, and it certainly fitted this definition today, it could reasonably be used to describe Carlisle's performance today.
Whilst we shouldn't take anything away from a Broughton Park performance which belied their league position, and underlines their defensive capabilities, having one of the lowest points against tallies in the league, Carlisle should have done better.
I almost fell asleep in the first half. The ball was seemingly stuck between the two 22's, with neither side able to make much headway into the final third of the park.Handling errors by both sides contributed to a high scrum count,and whilst Carlisle had just about the upper hand, with a couple of penalties in the early exchanges, they couldn't capitalise on the possession they had. Broughton competently snuffed out anything that Carlisle could throw at them, but couldn't offer much in attack themselves. Lineout execution was poor, something that Carlisle need to address quickly. No point punting a ball into touch down the park from a penalty, if you cannot secure ball from the resulting lineout. Even the dismissal of a home player for a late tackle, didn't give Carlisle much of an advantage, although winger Ben Purdham will feel aggrieved a try at first awarded by the referee, was then reversed on the advice of the line judge for a foot in touch.
Broughton Park put Carlisle under a bit of pressure in the final 10mins of the half, but were unable to break through, and an unsuccessful penalty attempt from 45m by the home side ended the half at 0-0.
Carlisle rang the changes at half time, bringing all their substitutes on, to try to mix things up. It was the home side though that drew first blood on 49minutes, after a couple of penalties gave Broughton territory 10m out from Carlisle's try line. From the resulting lineout, the home side patiently went through a number of pick and go's before finally finding a gap to secure a try, converted by their fly half.
Carlisle gradually gained a little momentum, and a dart from fullback Max Connon, took the ball up inside home territory. With handling errors again resulting in scrums, Carlisle made best use of them and from one, the ball was quickly spread right across the line to winger Andy Glendinning, who used his immense bulk to power through two Broughton defenders and over for Carlisle's try, Grant Connon landing the touchline conversion to level the scores at 7-7.
Carlisle drew heart from this and put Broughton under the most pressure they'd felt all game, and a penalty for offside by the home side, gave Connon the opportunity for three points, which he landed into the wind, putting Carlisle into the lead 10-7 on 65minutes.
Broughton put Carlisle under the cosh for much of the rest of the half, and only some resolute defending kept Broughton at bay. Then with three minutes to go, Carlisle managed to regain possession and pushed up into Broughton territory. With the away supporters inwardly screaming keep possession and wind the clock down, Carlisle committed the cardinal sin of getting isolated, and Broughton regained the momentum. Pushing back downfield with no time on the clock, another penalty 40m out gave Broughton an opportunity to level the scores, which their fly half landed to cheers from the home support.
A draw, but it felt like we'd played our get out of jail card. Lets hope we don't need too many of these.
The side looked flat, and the coaches and players need to address the reason for it, before our away form becomes a concern. Some work to do this week on the training ground, to rectify some of the set piece issues that have gone awry.
Although we "lost" two points to our rivals, the gap between ourselves and second place narrowed by three points, as all the chasing pack secured wins. Broughton managed to leapfrog from 12th into 10th, and 5 clubs are within 3 points of each other at the bottom, in this ultra competitive league. Its not inconceivable that a side will go down having scored 50+ points this season.
Next week we are back at home to Anselmians, who currently sit in 13th place. A much improved performance is needed to get back on track and regain some confidence.