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Your News Gosforth 38 - Bishop Auckland 12

There was, and I quote Mal Stokoe, "an interesting blend of youth and experience" on show at Druid Park. There was also a very colourful linesman's shirt being worn by club stalwart John Short. Amongst the Gosforth squad was evergreen and white winger Mike Jurowski and 17year old Colt and Falcons' Academy player Nathan Bailey, who donned the number 15 shirt, both of whom played their part in another satisfying pre season win. Skipper Adam Ainley declared himself fit to play on the wing.

Flyhalf Mark Anderson scored an early try which he converted to put 7 points on the board. Always enthusiastic winger Mike Jurowski scored Gosforth's second try following a flowing move. Bishop Auckland rallied and put the home side under pressure, but the defence held firm. Fullback Nathan Bailey ran a shrewd line to cross for a try, Mark Anderson's conversion made it 19-0. The fourth try of the half came from centre converted to flanker Sam Stirling, who was set up by a pass from Adam Ainley, and charged over in the corner, so Gosforth finished the half with a comfortable 24-0 lead.

The warm sunshine and slight breeze were ideal conditions in which to play, and it was the visitors who started the secondhalf brightly and their forward drive set up a try scoring opportunity for their flyhalf Tombling, which he took, then kicked a conversion that hit the post, but went over the bar to give them 7 points. Gosforth's riposte came from a try where wingers Mike Jurowski and Adam Ainley combined, the latter jinking over the line for a trademark try, converted by Mark Anderson. Another spirited passage of play by Bishop Auckland's forwards saw them rumble over the Gosforth line where one of their props grounded the ball. The final try of the game was scored by newcomer Ronan Pressard, a powerful looking centre , who used his strength to grab a try; the final whistle blew just after Mark Anderson's conversion sailed between the posts. Next week we entertain Blyth at Druid Park in what promises to be another testing pre season encounter, kick off 3pm. During the next couple of weeks I hope to be gathering more information about newcomers to the squad, as well as some significant returnees to the Druid Park ranks.

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