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Sat 8 Apr 15:00 - Northern Division - Durham & Northumerland 1 Full time

Novos 15 v 47 Gosforth

Gosforth enjoy 7 try romp at Novos

written by Peter Skevington
CRAIC; not only was “The Rington Cup” at stake, but a win was important for securing the Club’s D&N 1 status for next season. It was one of the warmest Saturdays of the season, the sun shone down from a cloudless sky and the team played some “Champagne” rugby.

TEAM NEWS; unfortunately Mark Anderson’s lower back injury will keep him out of action until next season.  15 Peter Gillespie  14 Ryan Gillespie  13 Mitch Ashman  12 Kieron Locke  11 Liam Hawthorn  10 Ollie Stephenson 9 Matty Marshall  1 Joe Woodhams  2 Chris Morris  3 Ben Vening  4 Dan Farquhar  5 Andrew Camplejohn  6 Adam Bell  7 Darren Kelly  8 Andy Black   Replacements(all used) Alex Dodds, Mark Cumiskey , Paddy Smith

THE MATCH;  John Short, who is battling health problems, made an admirable effort to attend this vital game, the team responded with a sparkling performance at Sutherland Park that augured well for next season.
Novos kicked off, and soon put 3 points on the board with an early penalty kick success. Within 5 minutes, the referee awarded Gosforth a penalty try when centre Mitch Ashman was impeded en route to scoring a try, Andy Black’s conversion kick gave the visitors a 7-3 lead. Quick thinking and moving Peter Gillespie bagged a second try following a speedily taken throw in. Centre Kieron Locke probed the Novos’ defence, whilst the Gosforth pack bustled, battled and drove. Joe Woodhams who had a storming game drove a Novos player back yards with a superb tackle.  Winger Ryan Gillespie showed his considerable pace, and Gosforth pressure in the Novos “22” produced their third try by skipper and No8,Andy Black, who converted it; his robust performance contributed to the eventual victory. Gosforth enjoyed a 19-3 halftime lead.

Another break by Ryan Gillespie tested the Novos defence, then slick handling close to the line created a try scoring opportunity for hard grafting prop Ben Vening soon after Gosforth got the second half underway. Andy Black’s conversion kick success increased Gosforth’s lead to 26-3 and the team earned a 4 try bonus point.
Novos scored a try; then, that man Joe Woodhams made a bullocking, driving run, and lock forward Andrew Camplejohn’s support work was rewarded with a try that Andy Black converted. Novos scored a converted try. With 20 minutes on the clock, a strong Gosforth scrummaging effort was followed by a pick up and drive by Andy Black supported by Kieron Locke, who was playing at flanker, Kieron drove over the line to score a try.
Gosforth’s seventh try was the result of a strong run by Matty Marshall, who slipped the ball to Kieron Locke, whose try was converted by skipper and No8 Andy Black

Saturday 22nd April sees Gosforth back at Broadway West facing Ryton, who, sadly, are to be relegated, but always prove to be testing opposition.


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8. Stockton 26 62
9. Gosforth 26 56
10. Medicals 26 53
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