Valiant effort - sadly in vain
Both teams defy the weather in hard fought game
Despite the worst rainy days seen for a few years the D&N1 match against high-flying Horden and Peterlee took place as scheduled at Broadway West. Indeed, it was the first game to be played at Broadway in almost two months and, up until 10am on Saturday morning, it looked unlikely that we would get the game played. Some of the usual strenuous efforts by John Tucker finally overcame the conditions!!
It was a wet and dreary setting for John Rooney
's 100th 1st XV game for the Club. In spite of that our good friends from Horden again turned out in force and a good atmosphere was soon in evidence. A much-changed Gosforth side saw Jack Redfern
's first appearance of the season in the centre alongside a powerful looking Andrew Camplejohn
and Dan Fahrquar packing down alongside Andy Scott in the second-row. The side was lead by Tom Kelly
in the absence of usual skipper, Andy Black, and his two deputies!
Playing towards the deep end, Gosforth took an early lead, when full-back, Mat Struthers stroked over an easy penalty after only 8 minutes. This was short lived as the visitors handled well in the conditions to put Craig Gilmore over under the posts. Andrew Turner's conversion tipped the scales in their favour on 15 minutes. However, Gosforth were not to be denied themselves, when a period of pressure saw the home lock converted to centre, Andrew Camplejohn
, crash over wide-out. Mat Struthers' excellent conversion gave the hosts a 10-7 lead on 21 minutes. The lead was to change again on 25 minutes, when Gilmore was again on the end of a scoring pass to score his second try, again converted by Turner. The score of 10-14 was to remain the same until half-time despite Gosforth's James Weaver
falling foul of a "professional" yellow card for an alleged deliberate knock-on.
At the start of the second-half Horden were soon also down to 14 men when the ubiquitous Gilmore was to incur referee Hadden's wrath, almost immediately followed by a similar yellow-card punishment for home fly-half, Liam Hawthorn
. The worsening weather lead to inevitable handling errors by both sides, but the more experienced Horden side managed the conditions somewhat better with Josh McCallan scoring an unconverted try on 63 minutes to stretch their lead to 10-19. Gosforth's only riposte was an excellent penalty effort from halfway by Mat Struthers, which, unfortunately just drifted wide of the right-hand post. Thus, the score remained the same to finish at 10-19 to Horden. All the players deserve great credit for having played some good rugby in very trying circumstances with Gosforth feeling rightly aggrieved not to have picked up at lest a losing bonus point.
Next Saturday sees us hosting even more high-flying Westoe South Shields, when we'll hope to address the disappointing result at their place a few weeks ago.