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Your News Hartlepool Rovers 26 - Gosforth 3

VENUE: The New Friarage, Hartlepool

CRAIC: Joe Woodhams skippered the side from prop aided and abetted by his regular henchmen of Peter Hall at hooker and Chris Morris at prop, with Dan Tucker and Tom Kelbrick in the engine room. The back row of Sam Stirling, blindside, Adam Bell, open-side and Aiden Marsh at No8 has a settled look about it, with, on this occasion, an excellent replacement Matt Gaynor. David Bourne had to sit and smile ruefully on the bench, having suffered an injury to his leg during the warm up; an injury that initially raised the suspicion that he had been shot at. Must admit that I prefer ice in a G and T...Changes were rung outside the scrum, Colin Liddell at scrumhalf, Mark Anderson at fly-half with a centre pairing of Andy Ushaw and Ben Debnam. Gordon Johnston winged it along with Adam Ainley with Nathan Bailey at fullback. A cheerful Ronan Pressard sat on the bench reflecting upon Frances RWC triumph earlier in the day.

THE MATCH: The home side kicked off on a typical grey damp autumnal day. Gosforth started optimistically and brightly, and within 10 minutes were rewarded with a successful Mark Anderson penalty kick; soon after Mark put in a tackle which epitomised the spirit of the team. Chris Sainty the Rovers fullback equalised with a penalty. Gosforth competed well; a lineout was stolen by Adam Bell, Ben Debnam put in a crunching tackle, Aiden Marsh drove from the back of a scrum. An attacking move by Rovers earned Chris Sainty an easy penalty kick, which gave them a narrow 6-3 lead with 10 minutes of the half remaining. However, this was extended to 13-3 when pressure in the visitors 22 created a try scoring opportunity for their hooker Michael Tucker with seconds of the half remaining.

Mark Anderson kicked off, but Lady Luck was not on Gosforths side; an error and a fortunate bounce of the ball saw it get into the hands of their winger Adam Smith, who crossed for a try to make it 18-3 within 3 minutes.

No.8 Aiden Marsh put in some hard graft, ably supported by his fellow forwards, but Gosforth were unable to break through, and were punished by another Chris Sainty penalty kick.

Pressure from Rovers beefy pack close to the Gosforth line resulted in prop Ian Pinchen crashing over for a try; Chris Saintys conversion attempt hit the post, so the score line remained at 26-3 thanks to committed Gosforth defending.

NEXT WEEK we welcome Novos to Druid Park; they suffered a 43-8 defeat at the hands of Horden this week.

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