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Ponteland
Gosforth
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R Gillespie (2), C Morris
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A Black (2)
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A Black (3)
Sat 11 Nov 14:15 - Northern Division - Durham & Northumberland 1

Ponteland 21 v 28 Gosforth

Gosforth get a much needed win

written by Peter Skevington
Match Report Saturday 11th November 2017
Ponteland 21 Gosforth 28
CRAIC; nice to welcome Dan Farquhar and his father to the touchline, a reliable, hardworking player, Dan would always be welcome back to the club. Joe Woodhams also joined the “touchline club”, we are all hoping that Joe makes a full recovery from his leg injuries as soon as is reasonably possible.
TEAM NEWS; 15 Tom Jones 14 James Weaver 13 Ryan Gillespie 12 Mat Struthers 11 Liam Hawthorn 10 Matt Marshall 9 John Rooney 1 David Robinson 2 Domenic Manfredi 3 Ben Vening 4 Kieron Locke 5 Dan Tucker 6 Richard Gavin 7 Darren Kelly 8 Andy Black (captain) Replacements; Chris Morris, Andy Scott, Mark Cumiskey (all used).
THE MATCH; The home side kicked off on a chilly, overcast afternoon. Gosforth mounted an early attack, Ponteland responded with a counter attack that resulted in the visitors being penalised in this must win encounter for both sides.
Ponteland broke through Gosforth’s defence, a hard, direct run bringing an early try for Iain Lyndon, the successful conversion giving them a 7-0 lead with just 13 minutes on the clock. Ponteland’s attack looked the more threatening of the two, and a successful penalty kick gave them a 10-0 cushion. A scrummage win, some good hands and a 32nd minute magical cameo of pace and elusiveness by centre Ryan Gillespie was rewarded with a try, skipper Andy Black converting. Then, two successful penalty kicks by Andy gave Gosforth a 13-10 lead at halftime.
Gosforth restarted the game, soon afterwards a Ponteland winger jinked through the Gosforth defence and grounded the ball in the corner for an unconverted try that eased them 15-13 ahead. Within 5 minutes Andy Black’s kicking prowess secured another successful penalty for Gosforth and a narrow 16-15 lead.
With 25 minutes of the half played, Gosforth stole a Ponteland lineout ball close to the home line, then set up a drive from which Chris Morris scored, increasing the Gosforth lead to 21-15. Ryan Gillespie showed us his defensive credentials with an excellent cover tackle. A muscular break by his fellow centre Mat Struthers opened the way for a second and most welcome moment of magic from Ryan, who burst through the home defence to score his second try, Andy Black’s conversion took Gosforth’s points tally to 28. An earlier Ponteland penalty giving them 18 points, just short of a losing bonus point score.
However, Ponteland were awarded a late penalty that was successfully kicked and so the final score 28-21 to Gosforth meant that the home side secured what for them and us was a vital losing bonus point.
We have a “free Saturday”, then face Redcar at Broadway West on Saturday 25th. Redcar drew 15-15 with the powerful South Shields Westoe outfit, a creditable result and indicative of how tight this league is. A home win would be a welcome boost to the Gosforth faithful.

Key moments

21:00
Try Try for Ponteland
22:00
Conversion Conversion for Ponteland
25:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Ponteland
30:00
Try Ryan Gillespie scores for Gosforth
31:00
Conversion Andy Black kicks a conversion for Gosforth
36:00
Penalty Andy Black kicks a penalty for Gosforth
38:00
Penalty Andy Black kicks a penalty for Gosforth
48:00
Try Try for Ponteland
50:00
Penalty Andy Black kicks a penalty for Gosforth
66:00
Try Christopher Morris scores for Gosforth
69:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Ponteland
75:00
Try Ryan Gillespie scores for Gosforth
76:00
Conversion Andy Black kicks a conversion for Gosforth
78:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Ponteland

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Ponteland 21 v 28 Gosforth
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Highlights

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78:00 Penalty 21 - 28
Penalty kicked for Ponteland
76:00 Conversion 18 - 28
Andy Black kicks a conversion for Gosforth
75:00 Try 18 - 26
Ryan Gillespie scores for Gosforth
69:00 Penalty 18 - 21
Penalty kicked for Ponteland
66:00 Try 15 - 21
Christopher Morris scores for Gosforth
50:00 Penalty 15 - 16
Andy Black kicks a penalty for Gosforth
48:00 Try 15 - 13
Try for Ponteland
End of period 1
38:00 Penalty 10 - 13
Andy Black kicks a penalty for Gosforth
36:00 Penalty 10 - 10
Andy Black kicks a penalty for Gosforth
31:00 Conversion 10 - 7
Andy Black kicks a conversion for Gosforth
30:00 Try 10 - 5
Ryan Gillespie scores for Gosforth
25:00 Penalty 10 - 0
Penalty kicked for Ponteland
22:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Conversion for Ponteland
21:00 Try 5 - 0
Try for Ponteland
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Ponteland
  • Gosforth
  • 0
  • Try 21:00'
  • Conversion 22:00'
  • Penalty 25:00'
  • Ryan Gillespie Try 30:00'
  • Andy Black Conversion 31:00'
  • Andy Black Penalty 36:00'
  • Andy Black Penalty 38:00'
  • Try 48:00'
  • Andy Black Penalty 50:00'
  • Christopher Morris Try 66:00'
  • Penalty 69:00'
  • Ryan Gillespie Try 75:00'
  • Andy Black Conversion 76:00'
  • Penalty 78:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Horden and Peterlee 10 21
9. Stockton 10 20
10. Medicals 10 18
11. Novocastrians 10 15
12. Redcar 10 12
13. Gosforth 10 11
14. Ponteland 10 9

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