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Your News Gosforth 13 - Alnwick 27

Once again the Triple Alliance of Chris Morris, Peter Hall and captain Joe Woodhams started in the front row, whilst immediately behind them in the scrum Dan Tucker returned to partner Tom Kelbrick. The back row starters were Chris Daley, Aiden Marsh and Sam Stirling. Tom Jones returned from injury at scrumhalf with Mark Anderson at flyhalf, centres were Andy Ushaw and Ben Debnam with Gordon Johnston on one wing along with Nathan Bailey on the other. Colin Liddell started at fullback. The bench was strong Adam Falkner, Matt Gaynor and with Adam Bell returning to the squad, following a period of absence; all played their part in the game. One of my wife's ex pupils James Fitzpatrick had played a significant role at centre in the "Falcons" defeat of Gloucester on Friday night. Dave Hall's green facial growth was striking,and, hopefully, raised money for research into prostate cancer. Sadly, this thirteenth League game of the season was to prove unlucky for Gosforth; opinion post match was that we deserved a losing bonus point.

THE MATCH; Three lightning strikes, two in the first half and one in the second, won this game for the visitors at a raw, chilly, breezy Druid Park. Gosforth's Mark Anderson kicked off; Gosforth competed well winning lineouts and scrums, but Alnwick secured a 6-0 lead thanks to two successful penalties by their fullback James Bird. A brace of tries by their speedy scrumhalf Gray, both of which Bird converted, took the visitors to a daunting 20-0 lead with a few minutes of the first half remaining. Mark Anderson popped over a late penalty from 20 metres out making it 20-3 to Alnwick at half time.

Alnwick started the second half, and Gosforth continued to win lineouts, and compete well in scrums, but an Alnwick attack, whilst coach and replacement scrumhalf Adam Falkner was injured, led to a try by winger Andy Shell, which Bird converted. 27-3 down Gosforth faced a mountain to climb, but the pack responded with spirit and created so much pressure on the Alnwick line that prop Chris Morris scrambled over for a try that narrowed the deficit to 27-8. More Gosforth forward pressure almost led to a try by Dan Tucker; within seconds Adam Falkner popped up a peach of a pass which Mark Anderson took at pace, bursting through the Alnwick defence to score an excellent try with only a few minutes of the half remaining. Alnwick went in search of a bonus point fourth try, but the home defence held them at bay during a frantic finale.

This Saturday sees us at Sunderland, who are likely to prove tough opposition at home, having defeated high flying Stockton by 44-34 on the 19th November.

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