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Hartlepool Rovers
Gateshead
C Whitehead (3), R Foreman
Tries
R Foreman (2)
Conversions
R Foreman
Penalties
Sat 7 Apr 15:00 - Northern Division - Durham & Northumberland 1 Full time

Hartlepool Rovers 27 Gateshead 9

Hartlepool Rovers have climbed up to sixth place in Durham Northumberland One after this 27-9 win over Gateshead at the New Friarage.

The Whites overcame awful conditions to beat a determined Gateshead side, securing a try-scoring bonus point in the process.

Rovers undoubtedly deserved more tries and could have had the game sewn up by half time but some handling mistakes caused by the wet ball and several ‘tries’ being ruled to have been held up kept the score down.

It’s a result and winning margin that would have gladly been accepted at kick-off and completes a league double over the Tynesiders.

Away kicker Scott Cartner kicked a 30 metre penalty after six minutes but, after several chances, Rovers took the lead on 23 minutes with the first of Callum Whitehead’s three tries.

Rovers opted for a five metre scrum from a penalty award and Whitehead touched down as the pack drove over the away line.

Cartner regained the lead for Gateshead 6-5 four minutes later with his second penalty, this one from 35 metres, and three minutes into first half stoppage time he made it 9-5 with a 19 metre three-pointer.

Being behind at the break was harsh on the Friaragemen who had been in charge over the first period.

The lead reverted back to Rovers, 10-5, after 46 minutes and it was Whitehead again who, after being denied from another five metre scrum, barged his way over the line despite the attention of three defenders.

Rovers were well in control and more pressure by the home eight on 51 minutes saw Ryan Foreman receive and find a gap to cut through to the line. He added the conversion and then a 10 metre penalty three minutes later to increase the lead to 20-9.

A try-scoring bonus wasn’t long in coming and it was the White Shirts’ captain Whitehead who capped a fine personal performance by diving over from close range for his hat-trick after good approach play by sub Billy Lloyd, Foreman’s conversion making it 27-9.

Rovers hit the road on Saturday with a trip to relegation-threatened Ponteland.

Rovers: M Railton, Coutts, Kirton, Gunn, S Railton, Foreman, M Stephenson, S Smith, Cookland, Pinchen, Langley, Little, Dring, Wood, Whitehead (c). Subs used: Lloyd, Maguire, Church

Gateshead: Cartner, Skidmore, Heelbeck (c), Tate, Arthur, Ridley, Hall, O’Connor, Ewart, Moslemi, Ladds, McGowan, Lacey, Cooper, Omar. Subs used: Kelley, Craig; not used: Surrey

Referee: Simon Williams (Durham Society)
Report: Ian Kelly

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Callum Whitehead

Player of the Match

Callum Whitehead

Key moments

23:00
Try Callum Whitehead scores for Hartlepool Rovers
46:00
Try Callum Whitehead scores for Hartlepool Rovers
51:00
Try Ryan Foreman scores for Hartlepool Rovers
51:00
Conversion Ryan Foreman kicks a conversion for Hartlepool Rovers
54:00
Penalty Ryan Foreman kicks a penalty for Hartlepool Rovers
60:00
Try Callum Whitehead scores for Hartlepool Rovers
60:00
Conversion Ryan Foreman kicks a conversion for Hartlepool Rovers

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Callum Whitehead is awarded player of the match for Hartlepool Rovers
60:00 Try 25 - 0
Callum Whitehead scores for Hartlepool Rovers
60:00 Conversion 27 - 0
Ryan Foreman kicks a conversion for Hartlepool Rovers
54:00 Penalty 20 - 0
Ryan Foreman kicks a penalty for Hartlepool Rovers
51:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Ryan Foreman kicks a conversion for Hartlepool Rovers
51:00 Try 15 - 0
Ryan Foreman scores for Hartlepool Rovers
46:00 Try 10 - 0
Callum Whitehead scores for Hartlepool Rovers
46:00 Missed Conversion
Ryan Foreman misses a conversion for Hartlepool Rovers
40:00 Sub On
Billy Lloyd is substituted on for Hartlepool Rovers
40:00 Sub On
Tyrone Church is substituted on for Hartlepool Rovers
40:00 Sub On
Squid Mcquire is substituted on for Hartlepool Rovers
End of period 1
23:00 Try 5 - 0
Callum Whitehead scores for Hartlepool Rovers
23:00 Missed Conversion
Ryan Foreman misses a conversion for Hartlepool Rovers
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As it happened

  • Hartlepool Rovers
  • Gateshead
  • 0
  • Callum Whitehead Try 23:00'
  • Billy Lloyd Sub On 40:00'
  • Tyrone Church Sub On 40:00'
  • Squid Mcquire Sub On 40:00'
  • Callum Whitehead Try 46:00'
  • Ryan Foreman Try 51:00'
  • Ryan Foreman Conversion 51:00'
  • Ryan Foreman Penalty 54:00'
  • Callum Whitehead Try 60:00'
  • Ryan Foreman Conversion 60:00'

Team selection

Railton, Michael Railton, Michael
Railton, Stevie Railton, Stevie
Kirton, Paul Kirton, Paul
Gunn, Jack Gunn, Jack
Coutts, Graham Coutts, Graham
Foreman, Ryan Foreman, Ryan
Stevenson, Matty Stevenson, Matty
Whitehead, Callum Whitehead, Callum
Wood, Liam Wood, Liam
Dring, Andrew Dring, Andrew
Little, joseph Little, joseph
Langley, Dylan Langley, Dylan
Pinchen, Ian Pinchen, Ian
Cookland, Danny Cookland, Danny
Smith, Steven Smith, Steven

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Consett 26 111
2. Durham City 26 111
3. South Shields Westoe 26 108
4. Barnard Castle 25 103
5. Horden and Peterlee 26 71
6. Gateshead 24 60
7. Hartlepool Rovers 26 57

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