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26
OCT

CRAIC AND TEAM NEWS: Firstly, thanks to last weeks scoop for an excellent report, and to the team for an encouraging result. The Musketeers Woodhams, Hall and Morris started and finished the game upfront, ably supported by Dan Tucker and Graham Hall at lock with a settled back row of Adam Bell, Aiden Marsh and Sam Stirling. Coach Adam Falkner stepped into the scrumhalf role again with Adam Ainley operating at fly-half and Mark Anderson at wing; the centre pairing was Andy Ushaw and John Gamble with Jack Levinson and Ben Debnam at wing and fullback respectively. Benching were Colin Liddell, Andy Buxton and Dan Farquhar. Injured players David Bourne and Tom Jones were amongst the spectators. Pre match I discovered that Ponteland has a Pele tower and a cafe where you can enjoy a tasty cheeseburger.

THE MATCH: Mark Anderson kicked off into a strong chilly breeze, but, otherwise the dry, sunny conditions were ideal. The home side scored an early try, when their elusive scrumhalf Peter Maughan broke down the blindside after a scrum near the Gosforth Line, their fly-half Mullens slotted over the conversion giving Ponteland a 7-0 lead within 5 minutes. Michael Mullens upped the score to 10-0 when he kicked a penalty following a powerful 50 metres driving maul by the Ponteland pack. The first quarter ended with Gosforth scoring a superb try following a 7 phase movement of inter-passing and offloading finished off by winger Jack Levinson crossing the line. But within a few minutes the darting Peter Maughan made a break supported by flanker Ed Weeks who scored Pontelands second try, which Michael Mullens converted to give them a 17-5 lead. However, Gosforth responded in classic fashion by winning a line out close to the line and driving prop Chris Morris over for a try. 17-10 was how the first half ended, but both Pontelands Maughan and Gosforths Adam Ainley had exhibited their skills by making threatening breaks before the whistle blew to end the half.

Ponteland faced the breeze when they kicked off the second half, within 5 minutes winger Mark Anderson scored a superb try, running a great line, taking a slip pass and crossing the home sides line without a glove being laid on him, his conversion tied the scores at 17-17. But Pontelands big, burly, bustling back rower Johnny Lee Evans hit back with a try within 5 minutes when he sprinted down the touchline to score. Michael Mullens missed a difficult conversion kick into the breeze, so the score was 22-17 to the home side. Gosforth showed their mettle and put Ponteland under a lot of pressure, winger Jack Levinson missing out on a try because of a forward pass. Waves of driving, mauling attacks by the pack led to a try scoring opportunity for fullback Ben Debnam, who crossed the line in the corner to equalise the score at 22-22. Prop Chris Morris went down with a worrying injury, but gamely carried on, the front row replacement Dan Tucker having been injured earlier. Mark Anderson nosed Gosforth ahead with a 35 metres wind assisted penalty, then he rounded off a good afternoons work by crossing for a late try after an excellent handling move. 5 tries meant that this was a bonus point victory for Gosforth, during the course of which they had played some excellent attacking rugby made possible by a very solid and disciplined performance by the forwards. As Mal Stokoe commented the wind made it a game of two halves, but 5 tries to 3 was the right result.

THIS SATURDAY its back to Druid Park where we face newly promoted Guisborough who showed what a threat they will pose with a 25-12 home win against Horden.

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