Gosforth 25 v 23 Medicals
Gosforth gain hard fought win
Written by Malcolm Bell
MATCH REPORT 27 January 2018
Gosforth 25-23 Medicals.
Before kick off a minute’s silence was observed in memory of ex-referee and ex-President of Northumberland Referee’s Society, Ray Parlett, who died on Saturday morning. The sympathies of all at Gosforth RFC go to his son Tony, the current President of the society, and the rest of his family and friends.
Medicals kicked off with a strong wind blowing over their right shoulder to their attacking left hand corner. They dominated possession in the early stages and it was no surprise when flanker, Bilal Mohammed scored the first try after only 3 minutes. Fly-half Henry Parkinson converted. Gosforth pressed from the kick off and eventually narrowed the scores when Matty Struthers made a half break and passed on to Kieron Locke who crossed to make the score 5-7. Within minutes Meds had increased their lead when Gosforth were penalised just outside their 22 and Parkinson made no mistake with the kick. Midway through the half the home side looked to have levelled the scores when right wing, Tom Jones scored in the corner but the referee, on exchange from Andalucia in Spain, ruled the final pass as forward.
The visitors cleared downfield and attacked the Gosforth line and prop, Richard Clegg took a pass near the posts and his strong run was unstoppable as he gave Parkinson an easy conversion. 5-17. From the kick off flanker, Aidan McCall-Hagan tackled a Medicals’ player while he was still in the air and was rightly shown a yellow card. Another penalty against the home side enabled Parkinson to kick a penalty to take the score to 5-20. The depleted Gosforth side were able to restrict Medicals to just the three points and when, back to full strength, McCall-Hagan made up for his card by taking a short pass from Mark Anderson and scoring between the posts. Anderson’s conversion took the score to 12-20 at half-time.
Both sides started the second half a man light as the ref showed 2 yellow cards after a mass bout of handbags after the try on the cusp of half time. Gosforth had the better of the early exchanges and after 4 minutes prop, David Robinson scored a third try again converted by Anderson to bring the scores to 19-20. With the wind at their backs, Gosforth were having the best of the territorial advantage and when Medicals were penalised, Anderson kicked an excellent penalty to put Gosforth in front for the first time, 22-20.
As hard as the home side put pressure on their visitors, they were unable get across the goal line and, as the clock reached the end of the third quarter, Medicals re-took the lead when Parkinson kicked a further 3 points. As the wind strengthened and helped produce more handling errors, the result could have gone either way. With just over 6 minutes to go, Anderson kicked Gosforth back into the lead with a well- judged kick. 25-23. Time was just about up, when Medicals were awarded a penalty some 35 metres from the post straight into the wind. Despite his 100% success rate, Parkinson opted to kick to the corner. The Gosforth defence were able to successfully spoil the possession from the resulting lineout and the referee blew for full time.
TEAM: 15 Matty Struthers;14 TomJones; 13 Kieron Locke; 12 Ollie Stephenson; 11 Liam Hawthorn; 10 Mark Anderson;9 Matty Marshall; 1 David Robinson; 2 Richard Gavin; 3 Ben Vening; 4 Andrew Camplejohn; 5 Dan Tucker; 6 Aidan McCall-Hagan; 7 Darren Kelly; 8 Andy Black (capt). Replacements (all used), Dom Manfredi, Chris Voss and Ryan Gillespie.