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1st XV - Match centre

A Black
Full time
Unknown, C Doherty, J Horner
J Horner, J Horner
Sat 17 Feb 14:15 - Northern Division - Durham & Northumberland 1

Another difficult afternoon.

Well beaten by a powerful Stockton side.

latest news:
Good to see the return to the field of Club Captain, Joe Woodhams, and the experienced Andy Scott after long-term injuries. Both went off with the Phoenix side to play Houghton-le-Spring. Also the re-appearence of Dan Farquhar in the green and white for his first game of the season. On a sadder note, we are still missing our regular "Scoop", Peter Skevington, and wish him well.
On a sunny (for a change) February afternoon, visitors Stockton kicked off and immediately exerted early pressure on the home defence, which resulted in a series of penalties awarded against Gosforth. Fortunately none of these were fruitful until in the 16th minute, when referee, Sam O'Neill, issued a yellow card to scrum-half, John Rooney. A lmost immediately Stockton scored their first try close in with the successful conversion to follow. 0-7 to Stockton. The pressure on the home defence continued and after 29 minutes a series of poor clearance kicks was punished by a second try for the visitors, which was not converted this time. 0-12 to Stockton.Straight from the kick-off some weak tackling allowed Stockton to score another converted try. 0-19 to Stockton. It was in the 37th minute that the home team finally reached Stockton's 22 but came away pointless. The half-time score remained 0-19.
Second-half changes saw the introduction of Kieron Locke and Dan Farquhar and, kicking off down the slope, Gosforth did look a little more committed to the cause, but, once more, some handling errors gifted possession to Stockton, which led to their crossing for their fourth (and bonus point) try. Again converted to leave the score 0-26 to Stockton. Replacement, James Weaver, did some good work to thwart any further score. Gosforth continued to exert more pressure, but weren't able to breach the determined tackling from the visitors, even when they were temporarily down to 13 men. Indeed, it was in the 79th minute that skipper, Andy Black, finally scrambled over in the corner to record the first GRFC points in February! Mark Anderson failed with the difficult conversion attempt leaving the full-time score at 5-26 to Stockton.
Next week sees our visiting the powerful South Shields Westoe side in a catch-up game, the game having been switched at their request. The Calcutta Cup is a further distraction!

OMW Skills Series: Evasion

Key moments

Try Try for Stockton
Conversion Jonny Horner kicks a conversion for Stockton
Try Charlie Doherty scores for Stockton
Try Jonny Horner scores for Stockton
Conversion Jonny Horner kicks a conversion for Stockton
Try Andy Black scores for Gosforth

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Gosforth 5 v 26 Stockton 17.2.2018
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78:00 Try 5 - 19
Andy Black scores for Gosforth
55:00 Yellow Card
Charlie Doherty is yellow carded for Stockton
46:00 Conversion 0 - 19
Jonny Horner kicks a conversion for Stockton
45:00 Try 0 - 17
Jonny Horner scores for Stockton
End of period 1
29:00 Try 0 - 12
Charlie Doherty scores for Stockton
23:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Jonny Horner kicks a conversion for Stockton
22:00 Try 0 - 5
Try for Stockton
16:00 Yellow Card
John Rooney is yellow carded for Gosforth
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As it happened

  • Gosforth
  • Stockton
  • 0
  • John Rooney Yellow Card 16:00'
  • Try 22:00'
  • Jonny Horner Conversion 23:00'
  • Charlie Doherty Try 29:00'
  • Jonny Horner Try 45:00'
  • Jonny Horner Conversion 46:00'
  • Charlie Doherty Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Andy Black Try 78:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Hartlepool Rovers 21 42
9. Stockton 21 40
10. Novocastrians 19 37
11. Medicals 21 33
12. Gosforth 20 28
13. Ponteland 20 26
14. Redcar 21 17

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