Medicals 31v 15 Gosforth
Medicals too strong for Gosforth
written by Peter Skevington
Slight amendment “THOMAS RICKARDS”,regards, Peter S
Saturday 6th October 2017 Medicals 31 Gosforth 15
CRAIC; always look forward to games against Medicals, often good, running, open rugby played. Unfortunately, we lost out on Saturday, and, sadly, stalwart prop Joe Woodhams suffered a painful leg injury, but the good news is that nothing was broken, we all wish him a speedy and full recovery.
TEAM NEWS; 15 Matt Marshall 14 Paddy Smith 13 Peter Gillespie 12 Ollie Stephenson 11 Liam Hawthorn 10 Mark Anderson 9 John Rooney 1 Joe Woodhams 2 Chris Morris 3 Ben Vening 4 Andy Scott 5 Andy Black (Captain) 6 Mark Cumiskey 7 Richard Gavin Kieron Locke Replacements (all used) David Robinson, Marc Burton, Angus Miller
MATCH REPORT; Medics kicked off on a breezy, sunny afternoon. Within 3 minutes, they were 3-0 up courtesy of a successful penalty by Henry Parkinson. That lead increased when winger Thomas Rickards sped upfield and crossed the line for a try that gave them an 8-0 lead. Liam Hawthorn effectively tackled his opposite number stopping another threatening run. A second successful Parkinson penalty from long range increased the Medicals score to 11 points. A Gosforth rally saw the ball get into the large hands of giant lock Andy Scott who drove over the Medics’ line for a try that Mark Anderson converted. So the points difference narrowed to 11-7 with 22 minutes played. Matt Marshall dropped a goal to narrow the difference to 11-10, and that is how the first half ended, so the game was finely balanced.
The visitors kicked off the second half, within 5 minutes a scrummage win, coupled with a slick passing movement led to a try for Medics’ winger Jack Oddie. Medics added another 7 points with a Tom Witter try that Parkinson converted, at 23-10. The game was slipping away from Gosforth, then another successful penalty kick by Parkinson made the scoreline 26-10. The bonus point fourth, but unconverted, try came courtesy of Ed Hayter, who capitalised on a superb move down the left touchline to score. So with the final quarter left to play Gosforth were 31-10 down.
During that final 20 minute period Gosforth managed to contain the home side’s attack. In the dying minutes of the half Gosforth ran a penalty and showed their attacking skills setting up the speedy Peter Gillespie for a try that was unconverted.
This Saturday is a “free week”; on the 21st we face a powerful Consett squad to Broadway West, they lowered South Shields Westoe’s colours this week with a significant home victory, so the game will be a test, but the team can rise to it, as we showed against Guisborough.