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Your News Ashington 17 - Gosforth 21

The front row union remained unchanged, and as hardworking as ever, Tom Kelbrick and Dan Farquhar locked the scrum; Dan Tucker being unavailable and Graham Hall injured. Sam Stirling, Aiden Marsh and Chris Daly were the back row trio. Coach Adam F started at scrumhalf alongside Mark Anderson flyhalf with a midfield pairing of Ben Debnam and Andy Ushaw. Gordon Johnston and Nathan Bailey winged it with Colin Liddell starting at full back then moving to scrumhalf to replace Adam Falkner. Replacements Adam Ainley (fullback), Matt Gaynor for Chris Daly, and Dan Graham for Tom Kelbrick all played their part. Sadly flying winger Mike Jurowski has retired, his committed, physical approach brought its share of injury problems, so Mike has had to hang up his speedy boots in order to concentrate upon running his business. Mike is bound still to be a notable and welcome off field presence within the Club.

MATCH: Mark Anderson, who proved to be a notable figure, kicked off on a cool, dry, still, sunny afternoon. He opened the scoring with a well struck 35 metre penalty, to which he added another from 28 metres after 20 minutes. Ashington's unique prop/hooker kicker Carl Hill narrowed the gap to 6-3 with a successful penalty. Tom Kelbrick stretched his tall frame to score in the corner following a threatening Gosforth attack, but Ashington's forwards drove their way into the visitor's 22, paving the way for a Carl Hill try and conversion to make it a finely poised 11-10 at half time.Two contrasting styles were on show, Ashington's forward orientated,, Gosforth looking to play a more open game

Mark Anderson stroked over a penalty to open Gosforth's second half account, then later it was Mark who, having secured possession after a Gosforth set piece win, dipped his shoulder and found a gap in the Ashington defence to score a classic and much needed try under the posts which he then converted. Young Nathan Bailey had also showed his pace and skill, once being tap tackled in full flight for the line during the first half, then, during this half, following up a Ben Debnam chip kick and crossing the line, but the ref's whistle cruelly deprived him of a try. At 21-10, Ashington's powerful driving pack, ably marshalled by ex Gosforth number 8 John Goose, always posed a threat; a threat that was translated into a try in the closing minute of the second half, when none other than John Goose picked up a ball from the base of a scrum and was driven over for a try, Carl Hill adding the conversion. Ashington's tight committed forward play earning them a bonus point.

This saturday we have a rest from league action, and have time to prepare for Alnwick's visit to Druid Park on the 3rd December; Alnwick showed their credentials with a 32-17 home victory over Horden.

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