19th October 2016, 12:47 | cumbria

An incredible achievement...

An incredible achievement...

Distington have swept the board

Whitehaven-based Distington capped off an incredible year over the weekend as they won the Cumbria Men's League Grand Final on Saturday.

Dis' were Grand Finalists and lost just four games in 2015, but stepped up in 2016, kicking off a superb year with success in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.


They beat NCL side Normanton Knights 31-18 away from home before a loss at Premier Division York Acorn in February brought their run to an end, but they were the last surviving Tier 4 community club in the competition.

That run sparked a remarkable year of domestic success, as they went on to win all five trophies available to them without losing a single game.

The village club beat Barrow Island 48-4 to lift the Cumbria Men's League title at Whitehaven's Recreation Ground on Saturday.


After retaining league leaders' title they won last year, Saturday's success added to the BARLA Cumbria Cup, The Amateur Cup and Cumberland Cup which they won earlier in the season.

They only led 12-4 at half time in Saturday's final, but doubles from man of the match Bryan Ritchie and Clayton Sutton, who kicked eight goals from eight attempts, plus tries from Phil Lister, Gavin Martin, Aidan Worthington and William Ritchie, helped put Island, who finished third in the league, to the sword.

Distington now proudly take their place in the local Rugby League record books as the '2016 Invincibles'.

Distington have won five trophies this year

They impressed in their debut Challenge Cup campaign

Their Grassroad home is one of the most picturesque in the country

The Cumbria Men's League final took place on Saturday

More news was to come this week for the all-conquering Cumbrians, as their long-serving captain, Aiden Worthington, earned a professional contract with League 1 side Whitehaven on Tuesday.

Since relegation from the Championship, new Head Coach Carl Forster has turned to local products, with Worthington the latest addition.

The versatile forward is a late arrival to the professional ranks, he turned 31 in May, but, over the last ten years, he has proven to be one of the most consistent forwards in the community game.


He made history in Distington by becoming the first club player to be called up to play for BARLA, while he was a firm fans' favourite in over ten years of service to his local village team.

After signing-on for the Recreation Ground, Worthington said: "This is a huge opportunity for me and I will do all I can to impress.

"Without the help of my amateur coaches, Gary and Carl Hewer, this wouldn't be possible so I would like to take the time to thank them for everything I have been able to do and all the support they have given me."


Distington are one of Cumbria's leading Rugby League clubs, and host teams across a number of age groups.

They are always on the lookout for new players at all levels. For more information on how to get involved, click HERE.