With the first team taking three players on Saturday morning due to work and injury, the Crusaders reshuffled the team with the help of new members and late availability, thank you to Gosforth who even though they were short turned up for the fixture and a big thank you to the North Shields players who put on the green and white shirt so the game could be played (Michael Cowley, Arnie Wilson, Iain Pearson, Jamie Barber, Charlie Turnbull, Jonny Scott and, Josh Mawson).
With Gosforth taking the lead with an early penalty and Michael Cowley making a good break for the green and whites, this was a wake up call to the Crusaders with a strong pack and sharp backs it was not long before Kyle Wharton scored after one of his trade mark runs converted by Will Forster 7:3, then it was new boy Joe Elliot who showed his pace and scored a debut try 12:3, Jamie Humble was next on the score sheet with Will Forster converting 19:3 (long spell before next conversion). Next on the score sheet was another new player Sam Dolling 24:3, then it was David Mellstrom to score his first of the day 29:3 followed by the ever present Dan Timney 34:3, David Mellstrom closed the first half with his second try of the day 39:3.
Craig Brown a young ex colt once more showed his talent to open the scoring in the second half 44:3, David Mellstrom who was in great form today crossed over for his third try 49:3, then it was the turn of Andrew Adderley (who was helping the team out playing on the wing) who showed his pace to score 54:3, Sam Dolling on one of his powerful runs scored his second try of the day 59:3, it took a while but eventually Gavin Duffy scored the forst of his try’s converted by Will Forster 66:3 ( I did say it would be a long time), now Gavin Duffy had a taste it was not long before his second try 71:3, it was left to David Mellstrom to finish the try scoring with his fourth of the day 76:3, with clapping from both sides as Will Forster added the conversion, final score 78:3.
Once again thank you to Gosforth, the referee who had a smashing game, coaching staff, Keith touch judge, Lynn physio, David stats, and Louis, plus the big crowd for their support.
MOM was a hard one this week with Gosforth picking Kyle Wharton and the coaching staff picking David Mellstrom. Next week sees Crusaders away to Percy Park Pumas in the county cup.
Report by Ian Richardson.