Ryton v Gosforth
By Derek Reid
Gosforth start new season with a defeat at Ryton
CRAIC; quieter weather conditions than those experienced during our previous visit to Ryton, no hurricanes blowing! I will have notched up “3 score years and ten” by the time this report is read. I owe those medics 1946 vintage a big debt of gratitude; a sickly baby grew into a 15 stone plus, now long retired, second row, who enjoyed a “Crunchy” chocolate bar in the Ryton club bar pre kick off of our first “crunch” league encounter of season 2016/17.
TEAM; 15 Liam Hawthorn 14 James Heffernan 13 Matt Struthers 12 Jamie Vening 11 Joseph D Morris 10 Matt Marshall 9 Mark Anderson 1 Joe Woodhams 2 David Robinson 3 Thomas Kelly 4 Derek Mathieson 5 Andy Scott (captain) 6 Dan Farquhar 7 Kieron Locke 8 Andy Black Replacements (all used) Andrew Camplejohn, Mark Cumiskey, Jamie Pemberton.
THE MATCH; Gosforth kicked off under cloudy skies; a light breeze was blowing, but it stayed dry for the duration of the game. Ryton’s full back made a probing run, and it is fair to say that the home side were on the front foot. Gosforth centre Matt Struthers put in a strong tackle, but Ryton counter attacked and scored an early try following a speedy run close to the touchline. A successful conversion gave them a 7-0 lead with ten minutes played. Gosforth took a quick penalty and a Struthers’ grubber kick created a near try scoring opportunity for winger Joe Morris.
Ryton bagged their second try in then 23rd minute, when a gap in the visitor’s defence was spotted and their player darted through to score, giving them a 12-0 lead. Mark Anderson popped over a penalty kick to put 3 points on the board for Gosforth. Ryton’s 12 made an effective run into the Gosforth “22” and his well timed pass set up their third try, increasing their lead to 17-3. Then the Ryton no8 intercepted a Gosforth pass, charged upfield, his efforts being rewarded when his support scored Ryton’s fourth bonus point try; the successful conversion giving them a daunting 24-3 halftime lead.
Gosforth made a positive start to the second half; forwards competed well in scrum and lineout. A lineout win close to the Ryton line, then the launching of an attack led to James Heffernan scoring his first try for the club at this level. The trusty boot of Mark Anderson kicked the conversion, narrowing the points gap to 24-10. A livelier looking Gosforth side looked likely to score, but Ryton ran a penalty and engineered their fifth try. Gosforth showed urgency, Kieron Locke and Liam Hawthorn attacked with vigour, but Ryton defended strongly. A lineout win close to the Ryton line followed by a cohesive forward drive brought the award of a penalty try that Mark Anderson converted. With the score at 29-17 and some injury time remaining Gosforth has a chance to earn a losing bonus point score, but Ryton’s defence held firm and the score remained unchanged. This Saturday we face Stockton at Broadway West, they too made a losing start at the hands of Gateshead, but are always hard and aggressive opponents.