Despite holding champions elect of North One West to 10-10 at the interval, Firwood Waterloo succumbed to three converted second half tries to leave them in the relegation zone with all depending on the outcome away at Manchester, one place above and on the same points, this coming Saturday.
"I cannot fault the effort all the players put in today but to lose both Lawrence Jenkins in the first half and Jack Weare early in the second forcing a reorganisation of our resources and our game plan proved too much against the league leaders", declared head coach Stuart Turner. "Carlisle are a very good side with some quality players who have graced the game at a much higher level. We did well to keep it evens at the interval but those two injuries hit us hard."
Carlisle got the scoreboard rolling with an early penalty but keeping the ball tight and putting pressure on the visitors line Firwood Waterloo got lock Jenkins over, Darragh O'Brien adding the conversion to give his side a 7-3 lead with a penalty extending that to10-3.
Unfortunately Carlisle came back to level matters at10-10 with a converted try just before the interval.
"I was well pleased with that opening half and I thought we had done well to keep ourselves in the game," Turner stated.
However three converted tries in the second half from Carlisle proved just too much for the now weakened home side and has left them with a massive task away at Manchester this Saturday.
"Of course we are disappointed with the result but we still have one game to go and as far as we are concerned a win will see us remain in this league next season. It is as simple as that," explained the head coach. "We know it is going to be a tough game and no doubt Manchester who are also fighting for their own survival will certainly be up for it. One of us is going to join Anselmians and De La Salle and as far as I am concerned it is not going to be us."