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TEAM NEWS AND CRAIC; Chris Morris had an ankle injury so Tom Kelly joined skipper Joe Woodhams and hooker David Bourne in the front row with Dan Farquhar and Tom Reid in the "boiler room"; the back row was Aidan Marsh at no8 flanked by Dan Tucker and Peter Hall. Tim Deakin and Mark Anderson were at halfback with Andy Ushaw and Gordon Johnston paired in the centre; wingers were colts Matt Marshall and Patrick Smith with Ed Dufrois at fullback. The benchers Graham Hall, Jack Levinson and Tom "the voice" Jones, all did battle with Alnwick's rampant lions during the course of a dry, sunny afternoon characterised by a perverse chilly breeze. Your correspondent enjoyed a concessionary 90 minute trip through the pleasant Northumberland countryside arriving in historic Alnwick rated one of the best places to live in the UK. It certainly seems to have produced a challenger to Bolt in the speedy form of Andy Shell.

THE MATCH; Mark Anderson kicked off and for 15 minutes Gosforth played with confidence and denied the home side possession; then winger Andrew Shell was fired and crossed for a try, followed soon after by another display of pace and a try by Alnwick's outside centre, then another Alnwick try from James Hamilton, so in a ten minute period thanks to one conversion by their fullback James Bird, the home side were 17-0 up. Their speedy outside centre crossed for another try, which Bird converted to make it 24-0 with 5 minutes of the first half remaining. Mark Anderson clawed back 3 points when he slotted over a late penalty to make it 24-3 at halftime. Andy Shell bolted down the wing for Alnwick's first try of the secondhalf, then grabbed another, having supported a strong break, so it was 34-3 to Alnwick with less than 20 minutes on the secondhalf clock. Gosforth put the Alnwick line under pressure and were unlucky not to force their way over for a try, being thwarted and held up over the line. But it was pace that ruled, this time in the form of number 8 Ellis who galloped through the visitor's defence to touch down. Shell was primed again taking an off load from Alnwick's inside centre he shot down the wing to score, making it 44-3. His fifth try followed a mazy run by James Hamilton who passed to Shell, Bird slotted over the conversion. It was the speedy, elusive Hamilton who crossed for Alnwick's tenth and final try, having taken a pass from Andy Shell; Bird's conversion made it a bonus winning 58 points to Alnwick, looking for a possible promotion, in which quest we wish them well. This Saturday's final league encounter brings Acklam to Druid Park their credentials are impressive, having defeated Horden 30-12 this Saturday.

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