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Your News Gosforth 18 - Alnwick 22

Thanks to all involved in organising and preparing another calorific and tasty pre match lunch. During the week at an unlikely venue, a meeting of the Custom Voices Community Choir, I was reunited with a fellow rugby player whom I had not seen since he skippered Newcastle University Centaurs over 40 years ago; old rugby players take up singing, but not of traditional rugby songs. Today we were battling to redress a heavy defeat by Alnwick and so nearly succeeded. The nearby Newcastle Falcons are battling for Premiership survival, and look at risk of relegation.

Team News:

Prop Joe Woodhams captained the side, Adam Ainley being sidelined with a knee injury; Robin Morle winged it with Jack Levinson, Gordon Johnston was fullback. Ed Dufrois joined Ben Debnam in the centre with Tom Jones and Mark Anderson at halfback. Andy Scott returned to lock the scrum alongside Dan Graham. In the absence through injury of David Bourne, the back row consisted of Peter Hall, Matt Gaynor and Aidan Marsh at no 8. Woodhams, Dunn and Westgarth are not a firm of solicitors, but our starting front row.

The Match:

Mark Anderson got the game underway with the sun at his back, kicking off into a slight breeze. Gosforths pack showed their scrummaging power early on, Tony Dunn put in a trademark hard tackle, but, unfortunately, Aidan Marsh had to retire early with a knee problem; his replacement Chris Daly came into the squad with a deserved reputation for strong play, and it was Chris who grabbed the first try after a strong destructive scrummage by Gosforth, when he drove over the line from close range after 32 minutes. A well taken drop goal by Mark Anderson increased the home sides lead to 8-0. Speedster winger Jack Levinson seized possession of the ball after a handling error by Alnwick, then showed them a twinkling pair of heels to outpace their defence and cross for a try to make it 13-0.

Alnwicks dangerous inside centre was halted with an excellent tackle, but Bird their fullback earned them 3 points when his kick flew between the Gosforth posts. The half ended with the score 13-3 and Gosforth had managed to shackle the Alnwick danger men who had wreaked such havoc when they defeated us 62-24 at their home ground.

Unfortunately, it was one of their speedy strike runners, the winger, Shell, who got possession and made a successful turbo charged sprint to cross for a try within 5 minutes of the second half kicking off, Bird converted to narrow the points gap to 13-10. A successful Bird penalty from 32 metres and another from 34 metres gave the visitors a 16-13 advantage with 12 minutes of the half gone.

Gosforth recaptured their earlier intensity and put Alnwick under a lot of pressure following a couple of lineout catches and drives which almost took Gosforth over the Alnwick line. Jamie Rounthwaite replaced Jack Levinson, then Chris Morris replaced Tony Dunn at hooker.

Alnwicks Will Massey increased their lead with a drop goal, but spirited Gosforth replied with a tremendous period of forward power and pressure that nearly led to a try.

Gosforths Chris Daly bagged his second try from a push over by the rampant Gosforth pack, Mark Andersons conversion attempt cruelly hit a post, so the score was just 19-18 to the visitors.

But once again Birds boot eased the pressure on the visitors with another successful penalty making it 22-18 in Alnwicks favour.

Gosforths Ben Debnam and Alex Westgarth made bursting runs but were thwarted in their late scoring bids.

The final play was an uncontested scrum provoked by an injury suffered by an Alnwick prop, and this effectively neutralised the power of the home sides forwards and an opportunity to gain a late push over try from a full blown scrummage a few metres from the Alnwick try line.

Wednesday evening we face Tynedale Raiders in a cup tie at Druid Park kicking off at 7pm, then next Saturday we face a rugged encounter away at Wallsend.

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