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Sat 1 Apr 15:00 - Northern Division - Durham & Northumerland 1 Full time

Gosforth v Northern

Gosforth lose out to league leaders

written by Peter Skevington
CRAIC; having been caught and soaked in a biblical downpour that “hit” and disrupted South Tyneside, I was concerned for this fixture, but, fortunately, though overcast and damp, Broadway West escaped unscathed. Spare a thought for club stalwart John Short, currently battling medical problems in Cramlington Hospital, we all are thinking about him and his family. Thanks to Trevor Morrison for pre match hospitality.
TEAM NEWS; some returnees after last week’s game at Horden, but, the almost ever present Mark Anderson has an injury problem, we wish him a speedy recovery.   15 Matt Struthers  14 Mark Cumiskey  13 Mitch Ashman  12 Kieron Locke  11 Liam Hawthorn  10 Matty Marshall  9 John Rooney  1 Joe Woodhams  2 Chris Morris  3 Alex Dodds  4 Dan Farquhar  5 Andrew Camplejohn   6 Marc Burton  7 Adam Bell  8 Andy Black (captain)   Replacements (all used) Ben Vening, Ryan Gillespie, Darren Kelly
THE MATCH; it may be a sporting cliché, but this was the proverbial “game of two halves”. 6 try 40-3 runaway winners at halftime,Northern were limited to just 3 points in the second half.
Gosforth kicked off and soon had 3 points on the board thanks to a successful penalty by Matt Struthers. Northern’s Andrew Connor scored their first try, and Ali Gray converted. Within 5 minutes Harrison Clarke scored their second try, Ali Gray kicking the conversion. Gosforth’s centre Mitch Ashman made a telling break, but was tackled into touch. A flowing passing and running move created a third try for Northern>s Robert Harnby, Ali Gray’s conversion giving them a 21-3 lead at the close of the first quarter. The fourth bonus point try was scored by their feisty centre Alex Clarke. Soon afterwards a fifth try scored by Ali Clarke coupled with Ali Gray’s successful conversion increased the visitor’s lead to 33-3. Gosforth defended with determination but another excellent handling move saw Chris Malley bag Northern’s sixth try, again converted by Ali Gray.
40-3 ahead Northern kicked off the second half and found themselves facing a Gosforth side playing with a lot more “bite”. A lineout catch and drive concluded with hard working prop Ben Vening grounding the ball for a try. Then “flying” Ryan Gillespie got his hands on the ball and outpaced the Northern defence to score a try that he converted with a drop kick. Liam Hawthorn and Ryan combined well and were unlucky not to engineer a third try. Gosforth tackling shackled a couple of threatening breaks by Northern. The visitors had the final word with another successful kick by Ali Gray, the Gosforth pack worked hard and collectively throughout. Please take that second half “attitude” to Novos this Saturday

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# Team Pl Pts
7. Gateshead 26 67
8. Stockton 26 62
9. Gosforth 26 56
10. Medicals 26 53
11. Hartlepool Rovers 26 47
12. Novocastrians 26 44
13. Hartlepool 26 43

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