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Sat 4 Nov 14:15 - Northern Division - Durham & Northumberland 1 Full time

Gateshead 38 v 29 Gosforth

5 tries not enough for Gosforth

written by Peter Skevington
Match Report Saturday 4th November 2017
Gateshead 38 Gosforth 29
Craic: I mixed up my “Ps and Qs” or more accurately the Q1 and Q2 buses, so cut my arrival in the press box rather fine. Both sets of committee members and supporters agreed that it was an entertaining game played in a good spirit in the autumn sunshine, and that Gosforth gave higher flying Gateshead a good test.
TEAM NEWS; 15 Tom Jones 14 James Weaver 13 Mat Struthers 12 Ryan Gillespie 11 Liam Hawthorn 10 Mark Anderson 9 John Rooney 1 David Robinson 2 Dom Manfredi 3 Chris Morris 4 Andrew Camplejohn 5 Kieron Locke 6 Darren Kelly 7 Richard Gavin 8 Andy Black Replacements (2) Andy Scott, Dan Tucker (both used).
THE MATCH; Gateshead kicked off; Gosforth mounted an immediate strong, direct attack, Liam Hawthorn and Mat Struthers threatening the Gateshead line, but, unfortunately a pass went astray so a very early try did not materialise.
A well-executed passing move brought the first try for Gateshead, scored by centre, David Tate. Gosforth’s Mark Anderson’s shrewd eye spotted a gap in the home side’s defence, intercepted a pass and he won the race to the line to score a try that he converted, giving the visitors a narrow 7-5 lead with 12 minutes played. Shortly afterwards, a forceful attack brought a try for Gateshead’s speedy winger, Nathan Turner, a successful conversion giving them a 12-7 lead. Their third try followed soon after, when their winger Matty Banning scored in the right corner, the conversion increasing their lead to 19-7.
Gosforth threatened the Gateshead line, but a superb, elusive break resulted in a try for the home side flyhalf, Johnny Foster, the conversion putting 26 points on the board, and their fourth try earning them a bonus point. The “try fest” continued, winger, James Weaver, scoring an unconverted try, narrowing the points gap to 26-12. Then the multi- tasking Kieron Locke drove through the home defence to score a try that Mark Anderson converted, so the halftime score was just 26-19 in Gateshead’s favour.
Gosforth kicked off the second half, the pace of Gateshead’s attack brought them a fifth try that was converted and a 31-19 lead. A sixth Gateshead try was a skilful creation, a speedy attack, and a shrewdly timed inside pass finding the hands of the scorer who found a gap, sped through it, and grounded the ball for a try that was converted, 38-19 with just 15 minutes of the half played.
Gosforth commanded the final quarter of the game; firstly, a lineout-catch and drive paved the way for a Liam Hawthorn try. Gosforth’s growing confidence and some determined play close to the Gateshead line preceded a try by combative flanker Darren Kelly, With the score at 38-29, it is fair to say that Gosforth supporters entertained the possibility of adding to their score and at least earning a losing bonus point, but it was not to be, and Gateshead continued to press hard for a seventh try during the closing minutes of the half. Hopefully, we can build on this encouraging performance and secure a “must win” away at Ponteland this Saturday; they must be reeling from a 54-7 defeat at South Shields Westoe.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Stockton 25 51
9. Novocastrians 24 50
10. Guisborough 24 49
11. Medicals 26 44
12. Ponteland 26 43
13. Gosforth 26 40
14. Redcar 26 23

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