Gosforth v Ryton
By Derek Reid
Gosforth fail to turn up! Ryton fully deserve the points
Written by Peter Skevington
CRAIC; many thanks to all those involved in preparing and serving the meal that we enjoyed before the game;during the meal there were some reminiscences of "Banty" Johnson, and Dave Carr, both Gosforth players, who sadly died during the week. One a mercurial flyhalf with legendary kicking skills, the other a big, blockbusting, hard running winger; condolences to their familes and their many friends in the rugby fraternity.
THE TEAM; 15 Joe D Morris 14 James Weaver 13 Liam Hawthorn 12 Peter Gillespie 11 Matt Struthers 10 Mark Anderson 9 John Rooney 1 Joe Woodhams 2 Dave Robinson 3 Alex Dodds 4 Dan Tucker 5 Andy Scott 6 Anthony Graham 7 Adam Bell 8 Kieron Locke Replacements (all used) Dan Farquhar, Peter Hall, Joe J Morris; some new, young faces, including James Weaver, son of Dave, a very useful midfield player in his youth; James acquitted himself well in a tough game, along with those other youngsters introduced into the side.
THE MATCH; a one minute silence was observed in memory of Dave Carr and Dave "Banty" Johnson, two Gosforth greats, who died during the week prior to this game. Mark Anderson kicked off on a cool, overcast, but dry afternoon. Gosforth made a promising enough start, winning some lineout ball, and driving strongly. With 13 minutes played, Ryton winger Alex Coldbeck kicked a long range penalty, and within 6 minutes, he had doubled their score to 6-0 with another successful penalty kick. Gosforth tackled hard, Adam Bell showing his paces along with the "young guns" Simon Weaver and fullback Joe Morris. A powerful break by the visitor's no8, supported by lock forward, Oxley, brought a try for the latter, converted by Coldbeck. Mark Anderson narrowed the points gap to 13-3 with an excellent penalty kick, and that was the halftime scoreline.
Ryton kicked off, and were immediately on the front foot, stealing Gosforth lineout ball. Winger Matt Struthers made a powerful run, but Coldbeck's kicking boots increased the visitor's lead with two more penalties. A breakthrough by one Ryton centre brought a try for his supporting fellow centre, McGarry, converted by Alex Coldbeck to give them an unassailable and winning 26-3 lead. This Saturday we make the lengthy trip to Stockton; mauled by Durham City, they will be seeking to bounce back against us at their new ground.