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Your News Ponteland 15 - Gosforth 22

Venue: The Leisure Centre, Ponteland

Weather: Very Breezy, sunny intervals

The Craic: Joe Woodhams, one of those "unsung heroes" of the front row was called up to play for the Northumberland County Development side against Tynedale, and, by all accounts, acquitted himself, well.

The Match

The home side kicked off with the breeze at their backs. Unfortunately, Ian Bruce, scrum-half, earned an early yellow card, which in view of some of the later shenanigans that went on, was for some minor transgression. Ironically, the yellow card did not re-appear during the game.

Ponteland, scored an early try, when their number eight picked up at the base of a scrum, broke to the blind side and slipped a scoring pass to their scrum-half, Chris Owen, who crashed over for an early try in the corner to make it 5 - 0.

Gosforth, who had played with such flair and confidence against Percy Park last week, were exhibiting uncharacteristic " nervous hands" and, as a result, potential scoring chances were missed.

This allowed a Ponteland side, battling against relegation worries, with some experienced heads amongst their ranks, to put pressure on the visitor's line, resulting in a further try, when their second row, Mc Gookin, took a pass on the burst during a penalty move, and ploughed over for a try to give them a 10 - 0 lead after

fifteen minutes.

For twenty minutes the momentum lay with the home side, but then Gosforth began to replicate last week's confident, assured play. Gordon Johnston made a break from full-back, a line-out win and drive resulted, then a penalty was run, and centre John Murton, shook off the Ponteland shackles to cross for a try and it was

10 - 5, as the half drew to a close.

Gosforth kicked off the second half, and, Ponteland's persistence engineered a try within five minutes, when their scrum-half, Chris Owen, capitalised on an unfortunate Gosforth mistake, to score his second try, when he ran through the visitor's defence to give Ponteland, a worrying 15 - 5 lead.

A blindside move and well-timed pass unleashed Matt Steel, who powered over for a try which fly-half Campbell converted, to narrow the score to 15 - 12.

The Referee collapsed with an ankle injury: earlier Gosforth Linesman, Trevor Morrison, had been felled by a similar problem, result of an uneven playing surface.

After a relatively lengthy period of treatment, the Referee was fit enough to resume and play continued.

Gosforth's swagger returned, handling and passing improved, Ponteland grew petulant, a shoulder charge on a Gosforth player went unpunished, the match went into its final quarter, and optimism returned to the ranks of the Gosforth touchline


This was rewarded by an excellent handling move, that created a try scoring opportunity for centre, Max Holmes, who glided over for a try, which Campbell converted to get Gosforth noses 19 - 15 ahead.

Some wickedly effective touch kicking kept Ponteland on the back foot; Max Holmes' try had provoked a "fracas", which remarkably, produced no card of any colour. Fly-half Campbell stroked over a late penalty to seal a satisfying and important league win away- 22 - 15.

Next week we host, Ryton, at Cockrane Park, Heaton, home ground of Newcastle University. It promises to be a rugged encounter, Ryton having narrowly lost at home to Horden this week.

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