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1st XV - Match centre

Durham City
Sat 13 Oct 15:00 - Northern Division - Durham/ Northumberland Division one Full time


City Edge a feisty game.

City at home and they arrive with an unbeaten record whereas we have been governed in our results on who is available. Team nearly as selected with Robbie Greenwell off with flu so in came the experienced Tony Kennedy with Martin Pluskal onto the bench.
It was a very windy day with the wind blowing into the corner by the garages and Gateshead started the game kicking that way.
As I often say it was to and fro at the start of a game but this was more to as Gateshead started off with the upper hand. After five minutes on the half way line Scott Cartner came into the line and made the break and slipped the ball to Conner Anderson who observing there were a couple of props in front of him legged it round them to score in the corner. A belting conversion by Scott to make it 7-0.
City kicked off and Gateshead took the ball and after a couple of plays Adam Ridley kicked the ball deep into the City half and the ball took the wind and rolled into touch about 20 metres out. City won the ball but there clearance was charged down and Johnny Thandi won the race to touch down. Scott did the right thing with the conversion and aimed wide of the left post but for once in the game the wind didn’t blow and it missed. But hey-ho 12-0!
City came more into the game as you would expect but Gateshead did have another couple of chances. Once when Alex Surrey took a pass in midfield and broke through his inside pass was intercepted and a scoring chance gone.
City battled away and were starting to make inroads with some strong runners in their backs and they then did what we did and scored two tries in the space of three minutes to go ahead 12-14. For once some poor tackling let Gateshead down.
The game was evenly balanced with both sides having a go and after some good plays Conner Anderson finished superbly out wide to get his second again with Scott kicking a super conversion to make it 19-14.
City not to be outdone scored another to make it all square at half time.
Second half was again reasonably even with City possibly just on top. Martin Pluskal was on now at 8. What was spoiling Gateshead was we lost the ball in contact too many times which let City off the hook.
Gateshead kicked a penalty to the right hand corner. We had been winning front ball quite comfortably but we went for middle and lost it and a chance went begging as City were two men down with sin binnings! As often happens when you miss a chance City went up to the other end and scored & converted. 19-26! A penalty made it 19-29. A Scott Cartner penalty made it 22-29.
Gateshead were not giving up and a superb break by Scott Cartner looked like he was in space but the sniper got him and he went down like a bag of hammers with a last ditch tap tackle. The ball was recycled and there was that man again Conner Anderson to complete his hatrick to make it 27-29.
Could Gateshead snaffle a win? No was the answer as City kicked another penalty to make the final score 27-32!
So a good competitive game with both sides having a go. Now if we had been offered two points before the game bearing mind this seasons results we would have jumped at the offer and it was a well earned two points. But you know what it is like when you are there we could well have won that game! I am not saying City didn’t deserve to win but it was damned close!
As I said earlier a few lost possessions and the odd missed tackle cost us but City would also point out the same for them as well so we have to happy with the lads performance yesterday.
Sam Hall was given the MOM and rightly so after a very terrier like performance. His mam and ad were there so they should come every week if he plays like that! Conner of course must have been close as he is on fire at the moment!
The game was reffed by a young man from Scotland and he did well in the first half but I thought he lost his way a bit in the second half with some of decisions bot being clear to the plyers. But as I have said before he made less mistakes than the players.
So well done lads and a great atmosphere in the clubhouse afterwards.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Hartlepool Rovers 14 33
9. Horden and Peterlee 14 31
10. Medicals 14 26
11. Acklam 13 25
12. Gateshead 13 21
13. Ponteland 13 10
14. Whitby 14 5


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