Carrick’s 1st XV moved seven points clear at the top of the Kukri Conference League 2 with a 10-0 win over Ballymena II at Eaton Park this week.
The victory means they have now beaten all of the AIL 2nd XV teams in Section 2 of the Conference League - although this includes a walk-over against Queen’s who were unable to field team back in September.
The match against Ballymena was a hard-fought affair with defences on top for much of the game. Indeed, going into the final quarter the game had a 0-0 draw written all over it.
But a well-struck penalty from Luke Whittall put Carrick ahead and a moment of brilliance by scrum-half Conor Cambridge 10 minutes later produced the only try of the game.
Ballymena battled hard in the closing stages but could not break down a solid Carrick defence.
Cambridge had a good all-round game at scrum-half, as did centre Ryan Bailey while Peter Simpson on the right wing did a very good job in chasing kicks. Back-rowers Ryan McGonigle and Andy McKeen were again prominent both as ball carriers and in defence.
This weekend Carrick host Donaghadee in Qualifying 2.