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1st XV - Match centre

Durham City
Sat 25 Nov 14:15 - Northern Division - Durham & Northumberland 1 Full time


They scored we didn't!

Team as selected with Johnny Foster working so in came Sam Hall at 10.
Driving down with bro looking forward to having to pay a quid more than the locals but to arrive and get a nice surprise, it was £2 more! £5 for visitors & £3 for home supporters. Didn’t even get a decent programme. About 5 minutes into the game a young lad comes round flogging raffle tickets. You buy them don’t you! Been there 10 minutes and spent £6!
Well the game kicked off and City knock on. Scrum to Gateshead. Well the referee has lost his pea and no matter how hard he tries he can’t get a peep. So off he goes. Wally Howard offers him a whistle but after a little toot he decided that he doesn’t like Wally’s pea. Another City guy gives him a whistle and this was a very modern one because each time he test blew it his right arm went up. Bloody modern technology, amazing!
The players have now been standing around in the freezing cold for about 10 minutes. Gateshead win the scrum and move the ball. Kick ahead and the City full back clears. Unfortunately Nathan Turner who was chasing the kick ahead turned his ankle and was off. Broken it is. So on came Skiddy.
City put pressure on Gateshead and scored. 0-5. For the next 20 minutes the game was back and forth with City looking the more dangerous and they scored again after 28 minutes, converted, 0-12.
From the kick off Conner Anderson actually won the ball and it was collected but then lost in possession and their no 7 legged it up the pitch evading tackles and made about 50 yards. Well supported and they scored again. 0-19. The city coach shouted that they must sort out the next kick off. I don’t know why because if they’d have caught the kick off they probably wouldn’t have scored! Conner caught the next kick off but was tackled in mid air. Penalty & yellow card.
For the next 10-15 minutes Gateshead were in the City 22 but to no avail. We had a series of scrums when they were one man down. City had given away a number of penalties. Two in a row on a five metre scrum. A third would surely have been a penalty try. The ref penalised Gateshead for pushing early! He was conned. Why oh why would Gateshead give a penalty away in that situation. A typical example of young refs who have no real idea about scrummaging. Half time 0-19.
Just after half time Gateshead scored through Conner Anderson, converted by Sam Hall, 7-19. Gateshead kept up the pressure but our attack was a bit toothless to be quite honest and City’s defence was very good. Sam Hall missed a penalty which would have brought us closer. City had a visit to the Gateshead half for the first time but Gateshead turned the ball over only to give it back to them and they scored. 7-26 So, the only visit to the Gateshead half in nearly 20 minutes and they have 100% success!
Gateshead kept up the pressure but still without any success. In trying to get the ball out along the line quickly their no 8 intercepted and off he went. Martyn Pluskal eventually caught him but he managed to off load the ball and the scored again. 7-33.
Gateshead had some reward with a well taken try by skipper Heelbeck 14-33. Again Gateshead attacked but a spilled ball out wide saw City nick it again and race away to score. Final score 14-38.
Did City deserve to win? Yes of course they did. Were they that many points better? No they weren’t. Gateshead probably had more territorial advantage throughout the game but couldn’t score with a combination of poor decision making and City’s defence. City took their chances and they off loaded the ball very well with excellent support play.
Our scrum worked very well and the line out not too bad either. The backs as a unit not so well. Conner Anderson played well and got stuck in and managed to gather 2 or 3 of our kick offs. The forwards all looked as though they wanted the ball with Dan Lambert and Charlie Ladds to the fore and Charlie was deservedly made MOM.
Rovers at home next week.

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2. Durham City 26 111
3. South Shields Westoe 26 108
4. Barnard Castle 25 103
5. Horden and Peterlee 26 71
6. Gateshead 24 60
7. Hartlepool Rovers 26 57


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