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
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.