Ryton 14 v 8 Gosforth
By Derek Reid
Gosforth beaten by the weather and a crafty Ryton side
Written by Peter Skevington
MATCH REPORT – 5th December 2015
Ryton 14 Gosforth 8
CRAIC; despite the best (or the worst) efforts of “Hurricane Rytonia”, over 30 players, one referee and two linesman delivered 80 minutes of rugby to die hard, gale battered supporters.
TEAM; 15 Chris McCabe 14 Ryan Gillespie 13 Matt Struthers 12 Peter Gillespie 11 Liam Hawthorn 10 Mark Anderson 9 Mitchell Ashman 1 Joe Woodhams 2 Anthony Graham 3 Ben Vening 4 Andrew Camplejohn 5 Andy Scott 6 Peter Hall (Captain) 7 Julian Jolly 8 Kieron Locke Replacements (all used) Chris Morris, Andy Black, Connor White
THE MATCH; Ryton kicked off, and came close to scoring a try within a couple of minutes, following a lineout win. The strong wind blew an early Gosforth penalty kick at goal off course. Ryton were looking comfortable in the scrums, Gosforth played a shrewd, close passing game trying to cope with the stormy conditions. With 18 minutes on the clock, Gosforth ran a penalty and powerful centre Matt Struthers forced his way over the Ryton line to score a try, but the gale ruined the conversion attempt. However, soon Matt Struthers successfully kicked a long range gale assisted penalty goal to give Gosforth an 8-0 lead, but the howling gale defeated another long range penalty goal attempt soon afterwards. Both sides probed for openings, but solid tackling prevailed, so the score remained at 8-0 in the visitor’s favour until halftime.
Gosforth kicked off the second half, but error free handling was very difficult. Gosforth came close to scoring, but the home side counter attacked pinning Gosforth close to their line, and this pressure close to the Gosforth line was rewarded with a try when a Ryton player crashed over and scored, the successful conversion narrowing the points gap to 8-7.
Both sides tried to play running, passing rugby, but battering winds coupled with more examples of solid tackling thwarted their efforts. In the 22nd minute of the half, a quick thinking Ryton player pounced on a loose ball to score a try that was successfully converted giving them a 14-8 lead, and that was how the game finished in the home side’s favour.
This Saturday weather and pitch conditions permitting we play Stockton, always rugged opponents, at Bullocksteads as unfortunately the Broadway West pitches are at present unplayable, kick off is at 2:15, after the game all players, officials and supporters are welcome back to Broadway West as our new clubhouse bar is now open.