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Erridge sets club record for Krakens with 39-point haul

By Iain Grant

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Carly Erridge scored five tries and seven conversions. Picture: James Gunn
Carly Erridge scored five tries and seven conversions. Picture: James Gunn

Carly Erridge racked up a club record for a Krakens league match with her 39-point haul from Saturday's away win against Moray.

The full-back/winger's searing pace and evasive running saw her regularly cut through to claim five tries. For good measure, she converted seven of her side's nine touchdowns.

The 59-10 win put Caithness top of Caledonia North Region Women's League 2 on points difference from Highland.

They play the Inverness side in their final league match at Millbank on Saturday, realistically requiring a bonus-point win to keep their title hopes alive.

Crucially, Highland have another game, completing their campaign at home to Moray on November 25.

Krakens coach Mike Flavell travelled with just 10 for Saturday's match after suffering a run of late call-offs through injury, illness and work commitments.

Their hosts matched them up on a fine, sunny day on a Morriston Park made spongy as a result of heavy overnight showers.

"There was obviously a lot more space than usual but it probably took us about 20 minutes to work that out and adapt our game accordingly," Flavell said.

When the Krakens attacked the wide channels, they had ready strike runners in Erridge and Erin Johnstone.

The Krakens were never behind with their other tries coming from Justine Mackay, Johnstone, Megan Douglas and a penalty try.

The latter, awarded near the end, denied Erridge a sixth try as she was tackled in mid-air as she was poised to dive on the ball in-goal.

Abby Milne and Rosie Boyes replied with tries either side of half-time for the league newcomers.

Flavell said: "Everyone made a contribution in what was a tough test for us physically. It was good to see we looked the fitter team in the last 20.

"It was also good to see us use a kicking game, which paved the way for the tries by Justine and Megan."

Looking ahead, Flavell accepts it will take a mammoth effort from his side to extend the championship race.

"To retain any chance, we need to beat them with a bonus point and deny them any match points," he said. "But we will be focused on putting on a good performance and seeing where it takes us."

The match kicks off at 2pm.

The Krakens are to use the game to help promote the breast cancer awareness "wear it pink" campaign.

They will be swapping their traditional green socks for pink ones and will have a range of fundraising activities in the clubhouse, including a bottle sale, raffles and home baking for sale.

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