Gosforth 13 v 12 Guisborough
A win at last
written by Peter Skevington
CRAIC; the success of The Newcastle Falcons is welcomed, hopefully it will benefit local rugby as well as the local economy as they gain more fans, and visiting fans travel to the area in force. Welcome back “Godfather Column”, straight from the shoulder content that I agree with; the new programme is excellent and attractive.
TEAM NEWS; 15 Peter Gillespie 14 Matt Struthers 13 Liam Hawthorn 12 Ollie Stephenson 11 Tom Jones 10 Mark Anderson 9 Matt Marshall 1 Joe Woodhams 2 Dave Robinson (welcome back!) 3 Ben Vening 4 Andrew Camplejohn 5 Angus Miller 6 Mark Cumiskey 7 Richard Gavin 8 Kieron Locke Replacements (all used) Ryan Gillespie, Chris Morris, Marc Burton
MATCH REPORT; Within 5 minutes of kicking off, Gosforth had two longish range penalty kicks at goal, the second of which was successful, Mark Anderson securing 3 points for the home side. With 10 minutes played the visitors secured lineout ball close to the Gosforth line,then set up a maul from which their prop Rob Berriman drove over for a try, converted by their centre James Clark, giving them a 7-3 lead. Gosforth looked strong and positive behind the scrum; powerhouse winger Matt Struthers showed his strength with a bruising try scoring run over the line, Mark Anderson’s conversion put Gosforth 10-7 ahead with 30 minutes on the clock.
Liam Hawthorn went close to scoring a try, then Mark Anderson slotted over a penalty increasing Gosforth’s lead to 13-7 with 30 minutes on the clock. A firm Matt Struthers tackle halted a Guisborough attack, but their pacey outside centre Alex Ruff made a lengthy superb break, outpaced the home defence and scored an unconverted try, narrowing the score to a nailbiting 13-12, as rain showers dampened Broadway West, and that was how the half ended Gosforth enjoying a one point lead.
The visitors kicked off the second half. Liam Hawthorn and Ryan Gillespie combined and threatened the visitor’s defence with their pace. Both sides put their opponents under pressure, but there was no scoring breakthrough. Marc Burton drove hard into the opposition, but their defence held firm.
The rain cleared, the sky brightened and a rainbow appeared, but neither side found that elusive pot of points. Prop Joe Woodhams made a positive battering run down the touchline, but the score remained at 13-12 in Gosforth’s favour, so we secured our first win of the season and that lifted both club morale and our league position. This Saturday a repeat of the attitude and endeavour shown should stand us in good stead when we visit Medicals, who will be keen to bounce back from a 44-15 defeat by South Shields Westoe.