Another lacklustre performance at the start of the season and Medicals are still searching for that first league point, let alone the first victory of the 2011/2012 campaign.
With relatively few changes to the side that took on Stockton, the week previous, Medicals looked in command during the first half. With a strong wind behind them Medicals had the majority of possession and field position. Patrick Read distributed well from stand off and was successful with three long range penalty attempts in the first half.
Matthew Murray provided good pressure around the park and created turnovers that we have come to expect from the Irishman.
Horden always looked dangerous on the counter attack and were successful at spinning the ball clear of the break down and attacking out wide. A scrambling Medicals defensive kept them at bay on a number of occasions.
Medicals went into the break with a slight lead after Andrew Richardson
managed to wriggle through from 5metres out with Read able to add the extras.
Medicals nearly went over again before the half with Dan Bearn making a break down the right flank, unfortunately the final pass to Phil Dowson
didn’t go to hand and Medicals were again left to think about what could have been.
As for the second half, the least said the better, a combination of missed tackles, poor defensive organisation and an inability to convert a fair share of chances meant that not only did Horden come from behind to win the game but managed to add the bonus point and leave Medicals still searching for their first points of the season.
Not even our travelling supporters were able to muster some much needed Medicals passion. Though if the team had as much spirit as there supporting counterparts had beer we would have left the field with a mighty victory.
Needless to say there are huge areas that need improvement but the skill is most definitely there, it is just unfortunate that this has only been available on the training paddock and as of yet has alluded the Saturday crowds.
Next Week: Local rivals Gosforth make the short trip to Cartington Terrace where the home side will be looking to improve on previous results and record the first win of the season. Kick off 3pm. Hope to see a strong supporting contingent.