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TEAM NEWS AND CRAIC; The triumvirate of skipper and prop Joe Woodhams alongside hooker David Bourne and prop Chris Morris were supported by the two young pinetrees George and Tom Reid in the second row with Sam Stirling and Adam Bell flanking Chris Daley at number 8. Coach Adam Falkner was scrumhalf, Mark Anderson was injured (sprained ankle) so Rian Hoey slotted into the flyhalf berth alongside the regular centre pairing of Andy Ushaw and Ben Debnam. Nick Armstrong was at fullback with Gordon Johnston winging it accompanied by newcomer Ryan Gillespie. The bench was strong Peter Hall being joined by Dan Farquhar and Tom Jones, returning after injury. Talking of injured absentees, Adam Ainley is currently awaiting knee surgery. John Short returned from his travels to run the line, and a contemporary of his, ex Gosforth hooker, John Blissett was amongst the spectators.

THE MATCH; it was a windy but bright, chilly and sunny afternoon; Gosforth kicked off , and Gosforth made a comfortable enough start; David Bourne made a break, Nick Armstrong showed his paces from fullback, but it was Ponteland, who nosed ahead with a successful penalty from their flyhalf Michael Mullins after 10 minutes. Mullins added to this with another penalty with 22 minutes on the clock. Ponteland were not playing like a near bottom of the table team. One of their forwards was "yellow carded", but it did not effect their momentum, and their lead increased to 11-0, when their lively fullback Will Newbigin combined with their wiley centre Jack White, and the former darted over for a try.

Gosforth fullback Nick Armstrong returned the compliment with an excellent try, when, following a strong break by Ben Debnam, he made a characteristic strong run for the line that earned him a try; flyhalf Rian Hoey's kick hit the post, the wind had also cruelly effected his goal kicking efforts earlier in the half. The referee commented to me that it had been "end to end stuff" after he had blown the halftime whistle.

Ponteland stunned the home side with an early try, after they had kicked off the second half, their centre Jack White getting his hands on the ball, following a lineout win, then bursting through the Gosforth defence to score, giving his flyhalf Mullins an easy conversion, at 18-5 Ponteland were in the driving seat. Ponteland defended well, and when their fullback Will Newbigin battled his way over the line for his second try, which Mullins converted the visitor's 25-5 lead with 25 minutes of the half remaining looked impregnable. 10 minutes later Mullins popped over another penalty and that is how the score remained. Gosforth used all their replacements and to their credit showed spirit, vim and vigour in looking for a consolation score but they could not pierce Ponteland's defence. Next week with the forecast being for milder weather we should fulfil our league fixture at Novos, who suffered a 60-7 defeat at Hartlepool Rovers this week. But as Ponteland proved any team in this league can prove to be dangerous opposition.

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