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Home > News > Gosforth 24 - Alnwick 0
Your News Gosforth 24 - Alnwick 0

VENUE: Druid Park All Weather Pitch

WEATHER: Blue sky, sun, chilly breeze

THE CRAIC: Alnwick's mission was simple, revenge for our stunning victory away on

29th September 2007.

Gordon Ross Johnston (Father Ken, a Gosforth stalwart), 19 year old

Northumbrian University student made his debut at full-back for Gosforth


The home side kicked off in ideal conditions. A try saving tackle prevented the visitors scoring first with the Gosforth line at their mercy.

Gosforth got on the score sheet first: a deft inter-passing movement between scrum half Ian Bruce, winger Ryan Best and fly-half Campbell, set the adept number 10 up for a successful drop goal, and in the tenth minute, Gosforth were 3 - 0 ahead.

The first quarter ended with a period of Gosforth pressure and Campbell's boot slotting over a penalty kick to give Gosforth a 6 - 0 lead.

Matt Steel made typical threatening rumbustious runs on the wing. Ryan Best showed his paces with a typical elusive run, the pack competed and contested at scrum and line-out ball and charging down kicks.

Positive running and crowd pleasing endeavour characterised Gosforth's performance during a first half that ended with a 6 - 0 advantage. A Gosforth player had been yellow carded for a technical offence, but the momentum stayed with the men in Green and White.

Alnwick kicked off the second half as ' Easy Jet' flew overhead, penalties continued to be awarded and Matt Steel made another strong run, meanwhile feisty, courageous scrum-half Ian Bruce suffered a bloody facial injury, but soon returned to the fray.

A splendid long distance drop goal engineered by Campbell's educated boot increased Gosforth's lead to 9 - 0 , he had also been putting in some wicked, effective touch kicks increasing the pressure on Alnwick. His fourth successful kick, a penalty, ensured that Gosforth went into the final quarter of the game with an encouraging 12 - 0 lead against spirited, committed opponents.

A line-out to Alnwick led to Gosforth's first try, and appropriately, the son's of two proud watching fathers were significantly involved. Second row, Dan Tucker, robbed Alnwick of possession, the ball then flew along the Gosforth line, and, full-back, Gordon Johnston took a well-timed pass on the burst and crossed for a try, which Campbell converted to give the home side a 19 - 0 lead with just over fifteen minutes of the match remaining.

Alnwick staged a spirited fight back but resolute Gosforth defence kept them at bay with the second half drawing to a close, winger, Ryan Best, exhibited a trade mark pace and balance when he jinked through the strong Alnwick defence to touch down for a final score and a morale boosting 24 - 0 victory.

The team make a short trip to Ponteland on Saturday, 1st March looking for another double.

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