Guisborough 28 v 26 Gosforth
Gosforth just fall short after another fine display
Written by Malcolm Bell
MATCH REPORT - 20 January 2018
Guisborough 28-26 Gosforth
Thanks and congratulations are due to Guisborough whose ground was not fit to play on but who organised with Seaton Carew to play the game at their ground. The pitch was in perfect condition with a complete lack of snow in this coastal town. The drainage work done a few years ago bearing fruit.
Before kick off both teams and spectators observed 1 minute’s silence for Durham County referee and Seaton Carew member, Tony Jenkins, who tragically died earlier in the week. Tony had refereed our games at Barnard Castle in September and at Durham City only 2 weeks ago. The thoughts of all at Gosforth RFC are with Tony’s family and friends.
Gosforth kicked off on a cold but sunny afternoon with no wind. Guisborough monopolised the early possession and after 9minutes they deservedly opened the scoring for a 7-0 lead. Straight from the kick off Gosforth replied when Liam Hawthorn snapped up a loose ball and raced down the wing to score in the corner and reduce the deficit to 5-7. Guisborough hit back and pressure on the visitors’ line produced another converted try and stretched their lead to 14-5, halfway through the first half. In the second quarter Gosforth had the majority of the possession but were unable to cross the home team’s line. Mark Anderson did reduce the arrears with a penalty and a drop goal but placed a second penalty wide of the posts. At half time Guisborough led 14-11.
From the kick off Guisborough again started strongly but Gosforth repelled their attacks and after 5 minutes full back Ollie Stephenson finished off a good move to put Gosforth ahead for the first time, 16-14. Quarter of an hour later, a similar attack and a similar finish with Stephenson scoring a second try. 21-14. Gosforth were good value for their lead but Guisborough were far from finished and after a few minutes of scrums on the Gosforth line, the referee awarded a penalty try for what he deemed was a shirt pull although there appeared to be a knock on first. The automatic 7 points brought the scores level at 21 each.
Going into the final 15 minutes it was still anybody’s game and it was the ‘home’ team who broke the deadlock with a 4th converted try, a bonus point and a lead of 28-21, with just over 5 minutes remaining. Gosforth threw the proverbial kitchen sink at Guisborough and Stephenson was forced into touch on the Guisborough line, inches short of a hat-trick. What looked like a perfectly good push over try was disallowed and, as it was right next to the posts, a probable conversion. Finally, right on time, Aidan McCall-Hagan made it 2 tries in 2 games to touch down but Anderson’s conversion kicked sailed frustratingly wide to leave the final score, 26-28. 2 bonus points secured but it could so easily have been more.
TEAM: 15 Ollie Stephenson; 14 Tom Jones; 13 Paddy Smith; 12Kieron Locke; 11 Liam Hawthorn; 10 Mark Anderson; 9 Matty Marshall; 1 David Robinson; 2 Richard Gavin; 3 Ben Vening; 4 Andrew Camplejohn; 5 Chris Voss; 6 Aidan McCall-Hagan; 7 Darren Kelly; 8 Andy Black (capt). Replacements (all used): Dom Manfredi; Matt Rose and James Heffernan.