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Your News Gosforth 18 - Stockton 10

TEAM NEWS AND CRAIC; those two hearts of oak, skipper, Joe Woodhams and Chris Morris started again at prop with David Bourne hooking. The Reid Bros, Tom and George locked the scrum with a back row trio of Adam Bell and Sam Stirling flanking either side of number8 Matt Gaynor. Player/coach Adam Falkner slotted into scrumhalf with Mark Anderson at flyhalf, Andy Ushaw and Ben Debnam were paired in the centre with a back 3 of G Johnston and Ryan Hoey winging it with T Leddy at fullback. The bench was strong and experienced with Peter Hall, Tom Kelbrick and Dan Tucker warming it; all 3 of whom played their part in this great win.

Congratulations to ex Gosforth Nomads second row,Derek Nicholson, who has been awarded the MBE in recognition of his work as governor of Cramlington Learning Village.

THE MATCH; Mark Anderson kicked off on a chilly, frosty, but blue skied sunny afternoon, and his boot was to play a significant part in the afternoon's proceedings, coupled with a wholehearted and committed performance by every Gosforth player.Stockton took an early 3 -0 lead thanks to a penalty from their flyhalf Good, but hard work by the Gosforth pack, with Matt Gaynor, Adam Bell and David Bourne involved, paved the way for a Mark Anderson drop goal to make it 3-3 at the close of the first quarter. Stockton put Gosforth under pressure, but the home side mounted a plucky and committed defence. A successful long distance penalty by Mark Anderson gave Gosforth a narrow 6-3 lead, and the home side went "on to the front foot", taking the game to Stockton. Mark Anderson's boot rewarded a confident Gosforth performance by kicking two further penalties giving the green and whites a 12-3 lead at halftime.

Stockton kicked off the secondhalf, and it was the visitors who scored, winning a lineout in the Gosforth 22, their quicksilver scrum half Green shook off his shackles and created an opening for their number 8 Scott Powell to score a try , which Good converted. At 12-10 Gosforth showed encouraging confidence, hooker David Bourne made a couple of breaks, and strong tackling, scrummaging and lineout work kept Stockton at bay. Meanwhile, Mark Anderson kicked 2 more vital penalties to give Gosforth an 18-10 lead. With only 2 minutes on the clock, Stockton's Good failed to convert a couple of penalties, so they did not have the consolation of a losing bonus point. "The Journal" described this as "result of the day in Durham and Northumberland League One", and none of the Druid Park faithful would quarrel with that assessment, including Jon Coffey and Ben Bell who were very welcome visitors supporting their ex team mates on a day when frozen pitches meant the postponement of several local fixtures.

Saturday 28th January, Hartlepool Rovers visit Druid Park, and, as always, they will test our mettle.

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