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Your News Gosforth 53 - Blyth 7

The visitors faced a strong Gosforth lineup; Joe Woodhams captained the side from prop alongside David Bourne at hooker and Chris Morris another experienced front rower. Graham Hall and newcomer Tom Kelbrick locked the scrum with a back row of Adam Bell (welcome back), Aidan Marsh and Sam Sterling on the blindside. Tom Jones and Mark Anderson were at halfback with a strong new centre pairing of Ronan Pressard alongside Andy Ushaw. The youthful Nathan Bailey at fullback was flanked by wingers Mike Jurowski and Matt Steel.

Blyth kicked off and restricted Gosforth to 3 points from a Mark Anderson penalty for 30 minutes, but a try from Chris Morris after strong driving work by his fellow forwards, then the award of a penalty try converted by Mark Anderson took the home side to a 15 point lead. A scintillating run and chip ahead by Nathan Bailey led to the penalty try because he was illegally impeded by an opposition player. A lineout catch and drive resulted in a try for lock Tom Kelbrick, Mark Anderson's conversion giving Gosforth a 22-0 advantage at halftime.

Mark Anderson got the secondhalf underway; soon another lineout catch and drive produced a try for flanker Sam Sterling. Sam scored again when he supported a break by scrumhalf Tom Jones, Mark Anderson's successful conversion increased Gosforth's lead to 34-0. Prop Joe Woodhams was the try scoring beneficiary of another lineout catch and drive by the rampant Gosforth pack, Mark Anderson slotted over the conversion. A similar move drove lock Tom Kelbrick over for his second try. Spirited Blyth engineered a try for centre Dean Langdown, which fullback Steven Hall converted. Gosforth's final try was scored by fullback Nathan Bailey, who caught a wayward kick from Blyth, then ran with pace, balance and elusiveness to score a brilliant try, which Mark Anderson converted.

Next week the testing business of League rugby starts with a trip down the A19 to face newly promoted Acklam.

The Club sends its best wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery to the Blyth player who suffered a heart problem after leaving the field of play with an injury.

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