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Gosforth
Medicals
K Locke, A McCall Hagan, D Robinson
Tries
Fergus, Innes
M Anderson (2)
Conversions
Parkinson, Parkinson
M Anderson (2)
Penalties
Parkinson, Parkinson, Parkinson
Sat 27 Jan 14:15 - Northern Division - Durham & Northumberland 1 Full time

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.

Gosforth 25 v 23 Medicals
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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.

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Key moments

3:00
Try Fergus scores for Medicals
4:00
Conversion Parkinson kicks a conversion for Medicals
8:00
Try Kieron Locke scores for Gosforth
13:00
Penalty Parkinson kicks a penalty for Medicals
24:00
Try Innes scores for Medicals
25:00
Conversion Parkinson kicks a conversion for Medicals
28:00
Penalty Parkinson kicks a penalty for Medicals
38:00
Try Aidan McCall Hagan scores for Gosforth
39:00
Conversion Mark Anderson kicks a conversion for Gosforth
44:00
Try David Robinson scores for Gosforth
45:00
Conversion Mark Anderson kicks a conversion for Gosforth
51:00
Penalty Mark Anderson kicks a penalty for Gosforth
60:00
Penalty Parkinson kicks a penalty for Medicals
73:00
Penalty Mark Anderson kicks a penalty for Gosforth

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Gosforth 25 v 23 Medicals
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Gosforth 25 v 23 Medicals

Highlights

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73:00 Penalty 25 - 23
Mark Anderson kicks a penalty for Gosforth
60:00 Penalty 22 - 23
Parkinson kicks a penalty for Medicals
51:00 Penalty 22 - 20
Mark Anderson kicks a penalty for Gosforth
45:00 Conversion 19 - 20
Mark Anderson kicks a conversion for Gosforth
44:00 Try 17 - 20
David Robinson scores for Gosforth
End of period 1
39:00 Yellow Card
Mathew Struthers is yellow carded for Gosforth
39:00 Conversion 12 - 20
Mark Anderson kicks a conversion for Gosforth
38:00 Try 10 - 20
Aidan McCall Hagan scores for Gosforth
28:00 Penalty 5 - 20
Parkinson kicks a penalty for Medicals
26:00 Yellow Card
Aidan McCall Hagan is yellow carded for Gosforth
25:00 Conversion 5 - 17
Parkinson kicks a conversion for Medicals
24:00 Try 5 - 15
Innes scores for Medicals
13:00 Penalty 5 - 10
Parkinson kicks a penalty for Medicals
8:00 Try 5 - 7
Kieron Locke scores for Gosforth
4:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Parkinson kicks a conversion for Medicals
3:00 Try 0 - 5
Fergus scores for Medicals
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As it happened

  • Gosforth
  • Medicals
  • 0
  • Fergus Try 3:00'
  • Parkinson Conversion 4:00'
  • Kieron Locke Try 8:00'
  • Parkinson Penalty 13:00'
  • Innes Try 24:00'
  • Parkinson Conversion 25:00'
  • Aidan McCall Hagan Yellow Card 26:00'
  • Parkinson Penalty 28:00'
  • Aidan McCall Hagan Try 38:00'
  • Mark Anderson Conversion 39:00'
  • Mathew Struthers Yellow Card 39:00'
  • David Robinson Try 44:00'
  • Mark Anderson Conversion 45:00'
  • Mark Anderson Penalty 51:00'
  • Parkinson Penalty 60:00'
  • Mark Anderson Penalty 73:00'

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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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