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Your News Gosforth 32 - Sunderland 18


I have been reading the late learned Lord Binghams book The Rule of Law, and was pleased, as were other Gosforth supporters that judicious interpretation of the laws enabled this game to flow attractively. Wednesday evenings league encounter at Medicals resulted in a 25-13 reversal. Unfortunately my pen was busy elsewhere so I missed out on recording events at that game.

Team news:

Andy Scott injured an ankle during the Wednesday evening league game, Andy Buxton was unavailable, and Danny Goodlads knee ligament injury has sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Graham Hall is honeymooning in Italy, so reserves were drawn upon and it is a testament to the quality of the squad that such capable deputies are available. Aidan Marsh started at no8 flanked by Peter Hall and David Bourne with Mike Spurgeon and Dan Graham locking the scrum. Joe Woodhams returned joining Tony Dunn and Alex Westgarth in the front row. Outside the pack Adam Ainley and Matt Steel winged it with Gordon Johnston moving to fullback. Chris Morris, Matt Gaynor and Jack Levinson formed a strong line up on the bench.

The Match:

Mark Anderson kicked off into a stiff breeze on a sunny dry afternoon, and had soon kicked a 22 metre penalty giving Gosforth an early 3-0 lead.

Prop Joe Woodhams showed his mobility with ball in hand; Sunderlands inside centre made a threatening break, but was well tackled.

Sunderland fly half Baines levelled the score with an easy penalty kick with 10 minutes on the clock.

Flanker Peter Hall showed his versatility with a line out take launching a 20 metre drive, followed shortly afterwards by a bone crunching tackle.

David Bourne was felled and had to be replaced by Matt Gaynor, then an injury to Mike Spurgeon allowed his replacement Chris Morris the opportunity to experience the joys of playing at lock forward.

Props Joe Woodhams and Alex Westgarth drove forward with purpose, whilst wingers Adam Ainley and Matt Steel offloaded skilfully.

Centre Ben Debnam made a clever break then offloaded to fellow centre Nick Armstrong, who outpaced the visitors defence and scored a try which gave Gosforth an 8-3 points advantage with 10 minutes of the half remaining.

Sunderlands Baines slotted over his second penalty; then a passing movement involving Alex Westgarth and Chris Morris created a try scoring opportunity for Ben Debnam, who crossed for a try.

With the score at 13-6 only a despairing tap tackle halted centre Nick Armstrong in full flight, then winger Matt Steel made a threatening break.

Some classic driving mauling play put Sunderland under more pressure and it led to a try from hooker Tony Dunn who drove over the line from close range, Marks conversion made it 20-6, as the referee blew his whistle to end the first half.

Sunderlands hooker Peter Harrison returned the compliment with an early secondhalf try after the ball was knocked down to him from a line out catch; this narrowed the score to 20-11.

Mark Anderson went close with a drop goal attempt, then a chip kick and chase almost brought him a try, but he was strongly tackled.

With almost 60 minutes gone, a successful Sunderland scrum paved the way for a try by their flanker Wordsworth who sprinted poetically over the line for a try, which, when converted by Baines, took Sunderland to within two points of Gosforth.

Gosforths supporters anxieties were allayed when scrumhalf Tom Jones feet ate up the green green surface after some creative graft by Joe Woodhams and he crossed for a bonus point earning fourth try, which Mark Anderson converted.

That was soon followed by Nick Armstrongs timely pass to skipper and winger Adam Ainley, who then outpaced a pursuing Sunderland defender to score a try giving the home side a comfortable 32-18 lead.

Unfortunately Adam then earned a yellow card, but Gosforths super 14 withstood a spirited finale by Sunderland, and Gosforth also went looking for more points with Jack Levinson a late replacement for Matt Steel on the wing. The perverse breeze, which had not helped him before, robbed Mark Anderson of a late penalty kick success in the dying seconds of this entertaining encounter.

Back to winning ways was the verdict of supporters, which is timely, bearing in mind the visit of Alnwick next week, fresh from their 32-17 success at Ponteland.

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