Gosforth 8 v 27 Durham City
City Slickers too good for Gosforth
written by Peter Skevington
CRAIC; D&N 1 is shaping up to be a very tough league indeed, and the end of season promotion battle will be fascinating. Meanwhile, on a much larger stage New Zealand ran riot against South Africa, no doubt it was a tribute to the late, great Sir Colin Meads.
TEAM NEWS; 15 Peter Gillespie
14 Ryan Gillespie
13 Liam Hawthorn
12 Olly Stephenson
11 Mark Cumiskey
10 Mark Anderson
9 Tom Jones 1 Joe Woodhams
2 Chris Morris 3 Matt Black 4 Dan Tucker
5 Andrew Camplejohn
6 Dom Manfredi
7 Kieron Locke
8 Darren Kelly
Replacements (used) Angus Miller
( a useful looking addition to the “second row union”, John Rooney
, (Not used) Jack Levinson
MATCH REPORT; when the visitors kicked off it was raining hard, but the skies cleared, and even that elusive sun shone on occasions. Gosforth defended with commitment and earned credos for the way in which they weathered a great deal of attacking pressure from Durham City. However, eventually winger Tom Elliott showed his paces and crossed for an unconverted try with 30 minutes played, giving City a 5-0 lead. Mark Anderson
reduced the deficit to 5-3 with a successful long range penalty. Then an unconverted try by the visitors’ flanker Metcalfe, who drove through a lineout to score, gave City a 10-3 lead at halftime.
The hosts kicked off the second half. The pace and penetration of the Durham City attack earned them a third unconverted try scored by winger Rob Smith, giving them a 15-3 lead 5 minutes into the half. Some changes in the Gosforth line up saw Tom Jones moved to the left wing, from which position he took advantage of some deft handling and passing to get his hands on the ball then cross and score an unconverted try. At 15-8 down with 20 minutes to play Gosforth were still in with a chance, their forwards were competing strongly, and battling, posing some threat to City, but, once again, pace, power and directness took City close to the Gosforth line, where they won a lineout, from which their fourth unconverted try was scored increasing their lead to 20-8.
Within a couple of minutes a cruel bit of bad luck saw an error by Gosforth leading to the ball “popping up” into the welcoming hands of Peter Dent, City’s rangy, mobile no8. He enjoyed a relatively easy gallop to the line where he scored City’s fifth try, their only successful conversion giving them an unassailable 27-8 lead. Gosforth finished the game encouragingly putting the visitors under some pressure at times, running penalties, and looking strong at lineouts and scrums, but the score remained 27-8 because a determined Gosforth were unable to make the final breakthrough. This Saturday we travel to Hartlepool Rovers, always rugged opposition, and no doubt smarting after a 48-12 defeat at the hands of South Shields Westoe.