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Your News Gosforth 31 - Sunderland 17

CRAIC: Positional and personnel changes due to injuries meant that the team had a different look this week; front row was Joe Woodhams, Peter Hall and Chris Morris, hooker David Bourne having suffered a mouth injury, Dan Tucker joined Graham Hall at lock, Dans nose had come in for some unwelcome attention last week, but the injury had healed, Tom Kelbrick dropped back to number 8, Aidan Marsh being unavailable, Adam Bell started at open-side with hard tackling Sam Stirling on the blindside. Coach Adam Falkner occupied the scrumhalf berth, Tom Jones having an injury problem. Jack Levinson winged it along with Mike Jurowski with Adam Ainley at full back. The centre pairing was Ed Dufrois and Gordon Johnston with Mark Anderson at fly-half. Andy Ushaw, Ronan Pressard and Matt Gaynor benched, and played their part in the win.

Food was on the agenda this weekend with a delivery of the increasingly well known New Zealand Gourmet Pies to the club with Jonny Liddicoat, one of the owners of the business presiding; please visit for further information.

Sunday saw me reunited with an ex Gosforth scrumhalf, Dave Lister, now retired from practising law, he sells cheese, and had set up his stall at Bedes World Fayre in Jarrow. Needless to say we sampled and bought. Dave sends his best wishes to the Club and those of us who played there in the 70s and 80s.

THE MATCH: Sultry, warm and overcast with a breeze was the weather picture when Mark Anderson kicked off, and the first half proved to be a kicking contest, Sunderland scrumhalf Walton soon put 3 points on the board with a penalty from 18 metres that kept low but crept over the bar. Mark Anderson soon equalised with a well taken long range effort, then followed that up with a drop goal after Gosforth attacked and he found himself in a good position. After 25 minutes Mark popped over a penalty from 24 metres to increase the home sides lead to 9-3. But Walton reduced the arrears with a successful penalty kick from 20 metres. The first half ended with both sides engaged in an uncompromising forward tussle, the visiting pack was proving to be quite a handful. Frustratingly for Mike Jurowski he had to depart the field of play early in the half with a thigh injury.

Sunderland kicked off the second-half and Walton had soon equalised the score with another penalty. The 10 minute loss of Graham Hall who was yellow carded put the home forwards under pressure, but Joe Woodhams, Dan Tucker & Co pulled together and Mark Anderson slotted over another penalty with 17 minutes of the half on the clock. Sunderland played a tight driving forward orientated game, and that eventually resulted in a try for their long serving hooker, Harrison, which nosed them ahead 14-12 after 25 minutes. But Gosforth had strength in midfield, where centre Ed Dufrois made a break supported by fullback Adam Ainley, who darted over to score a morale boosting try.

The experienced and combative Matt Gaynor soon made his presence felt after he came off the bench, a break by Gordon Johnston set him up for a typical bustling try scoring run, which Mark Anderson converted to give Gosforth a 24-17 lead with 10 minutes of the match remaining. Gosforths final try resulted from a tricky break by Adam Ainley and a slick try scoring pass to Gordon Johnston who had moved out to the wing berth. Mark Andersons conversion sealed a hard fought win for Gosforth against a spirited visiting team, whose forwards had tested the Gosforth eight. Mal Stokoe put it so aptly it took a while to break them down, but we got there in the end.

NEXT WEEK it is off to Heaton to take on Medicals, who lost 34-16 at Horden, so will be keen to register a win on their home turf.

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