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Your News Ashington 15 - Gosforth 5


In the opening scene of Lee Halls play The Pitmen Painters, Professor, or rather Mr Lyon, the WEA Art Tutor, arrives two hours late at Ashington, because the train was frightfully late. I am pleased to say that the X22 bus from Newcastle was both comfortable and ran as per timetable. Then it was lunch at Ashingtons 24 hour Asda; what would Jimmy, George and Oliver make of that building? A walk to the Recreation Ground helped to digest the steak and mushroom pie and chips. The Painters would no doubt have been proud of the fact their team taught the visitors from Newcastle a rugby lesson.

Team News:

As per last week except that Jamie Rounthwaite started at blindside flanker with Aidan Marsh and Mike Spurgeon the only two on the bench.

The Match:

After a week of Mediterranean style weather, it was back to the grim reality of grey, overcast skies and a chilly breeze, when Mark Anderson kicked off at 3pm.

The Ashington pack seemed more uncompromising, beefier and mature than the one that faced Gosforth at Druid Park a few weeks ago.

It proved to be a hard, mauling, driving and tight defensive game, and the first points came in the 24th minute from the boot of Hill, the Ashington hooker, when he kicked a penalty from 30 metres.

Gosforth centre Nick Armstrong soon responded, when he set off on a mazy run that ended with him grounding the ball to score a try.

Ashingtons big, burly, bustling no8 forward Harrigan then barrelled his way down the touchline to score a try, giving the home side an 8-5 lead, which they held on to until halftime. Gosforth flyhalf Mark Anderson was unfortunate not to score, when a penalty goal attempt went agonisingly close with only a couple of minutes left to go until the break.

The second half was a continuation of the first with Gosforths A Force of Alex Westgarth, Andy Scott, and Andy Buxton attempting to drive or batter a way through a resolute Ashington defence.

Gosforth tried to up the tempo and movement, but, unfortunately, there was to be no repeat of the try scoring bonanza at Druid Park. Aidan Marsh replaced Andy Buxton, followed by Mike Spurgeon who replaced Jamie Rounthwaite.

As the half progressed Gosforths supporters hoped that the team would at least come away with a losing bonus point. But their hopes were cruelly dashed, when, in the final minute, replacement back rower,Wood, capitalised on more mauling, driving play by the home sides pack, then crashed over to score a try from short range, happy hooker Hill kicked the conversion, and the home side celebrated getting revenge for their comprehensive defeat at Druid Park a few short weeks ago.

NEXT WEEK it is back home to Druid Park where we face Sunderland, who suffered a 41-27 at home to their visitors Stockton this week.

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