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Your News Novos 22 - Gosforth 17

TEAM NEWS AND CRAIC; some changes to last week's line up saw Ed Dufrois starting at fullback, Ben Debnam moving into the flyhalf berth with Nick Armstrong joining Andy Ushaw in the centre, and Tom Jones claiming the number 11 shirt. The pack welcomed newcomer Aron Knox at number 8, alongside the usual, well seasoned suspects. The bench was strong with Dan Tucker, Peter Hall and Dan Farquhar in occupancy.Mark Anderson may be fit for the trip to Guisborough next week. The singing Tom Jones was at Twickenham on Saturday, where he, no doubt, enjoyed the Welsh victory; there is a growing body of opinion that Strettle did score a try, but even at our level of the game, where there is no recourse to a "video ref" it can be difficult to award tries, where there is a reasonable doubt.

THE MATCH; once again, despite the conditions being dry there was a strong, chilly blustery wind to contend with when Gosforth kicked off. Within a couple of minutes good work by Ben Debnam and Nick Armstrong paved the way for fullback Ed Dufrois to cross for a try. Novos responded with a threatening break, but mishandling cost them the opportunity to get early points on the board too.However, within 10 minutes quick movement of the ball following a lineout led to a try from their strong running winger Rory Diggle. At 5-5, the visitors were competing strongly, Ed Dufrois showing his paces, Andy Ushaw strong on the ball, the Reid bros driving forward supported by the pack. But Novos persistent and combatative blindside flanker, Ben Walker, earned them a penalty with his determined play, Shaun Stewart converted it from close range in front of the posts, and they went into an 8-5 lead. Gosforth kept up the pressure on Novos and this led to a try from their winger, whose yellow boots took him over the Novos line. Gosforth's forwards continued to drive at Novos, prop and skipper Joe Woodhams made a break. At 10-8 ahead, it was an encouraging halftime break for Gosforth.

The wind dropped as Novos got the second half underway.Novos seized the initiative and put the Gosforth defence under pressure, they had a try scoring attempt disallowed, then came close to scoring again. That pressure paid off when a slick pass to their hardworking flanker Ben Walker resulted in him scoring a converted try to put his side 15-10 ahead. Nick Armstrong showed his defensive paces with a superb try saving smother tackle on a Novos winger in full flight.Peter Hall replaced David Bourne at hooker, and Dan Tucker replaced one of the Reid bros at lock.Gosforth battled, centres Andy Ushaw and Nick Armstrong showing strength and pace, but neither able to break through the Novos defence. A lineout catch and drive by the forwards nearly resulted in a try. Eventually the threat of Nick Armstrong was rewarded with a try that his fellow centre Andy Ushaw converted. With Gosforth narrowly in the lead 17-15, and with Novos centre Shaun Stewart "yellow carded", it was a case of "cometh the hour, cometh the man", the "man" in question being a large and powerful one Rob Campbell, nicknaned "The Beast", he turned the game on its head launching into a bullocking, barnstorming run that took him over the Gosforth line for a try that was converted to give the home side a 22-17 lead that considerable late attacking pressure by the visitors could not reverse, thanks to committed defensive work by Novos. I understand that Novos number 8, Will Trick suffered a serious knee injury, we wish him a speedy and satisfactory recovery. Next week we face Guisborough away; they lost out by 37-22 to visiting Medicals this week; let's hope for an away win against tough opposition.

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