Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside!
By Derek Reid
Twelve try feast of rugby.
For the second time in eight months Gos were away to fellow-relegation sufferers, Redcar, on a clear, sunny day by the sea. After a week's rest a strong side made the trip down to God's own county (mention for Robbo!). Kicking off into a slight breeze, Mark Anderson
found the ever-present Dom Manfredi
under the ball to put Gos on the front foot early on. Nothing came of the early incursions into Redcar territory - indeed, against the run of play the home centre,, was to scythe his way through our defence to score under the posts for a converted try on 10 mins (0-7). Reacting with some good handling, two minutes later Gos were to score wide-out right by flanker Darren Kelly
. Mark Anderson
's excellent kick was to hold up on the breeze and fall just under the bar (5-7). [ It proved to be his only miss!]. Five minutes later some more good support play saw winger, Tom Jones, waltz over on the right for Ando to convert (12-7). This lead was to prove short lived as Redcar's centre again skipped through some iffy tackling to score again under the posts for a converted try (12-14). Gosforth lost their influencial prop, Robbo, on 24 minutes - Marc Burton
replacing and skipper, Andy Black
, slotting in at prop. On 28 mins Gos were to retake the lead after a powerful run by Darren Kelly
saw Tom Jones skip around his opposing winger for his second converted try (19-14). On 37 mins Ando was to stroke over a penalty after a long run by centre, Andrew Camplejohn
, was halted just short of the line (22-14). Andy Black
was shown a yellow card for getting in the way of a Redcar ball and on 39 mins the home team were to reduce the score to one point with a try wide-out by their wing, which was well converted to leave the half-time score at 22-21.
Some multi- changes at half-time saw Owen Ramsey
and first-time-this-year, Jack Vening
, taking the field for Joe Morris and Peter Knight
. CJ moved to lock; Ryan O'Hagan
to centre; Marc Burton
to lock; Tom Jones to fullback; Jack Davies
to flanker !! [ We are nothing but versatile!]. The changes didn't seem to upset Gos's approach and on 53 mins fly-half, Matty Marshall, was to cut back inside to score close-in for Ando to convert (29-21). Redcar were not giving up and their elusive centre scored yet another try down the middle and under the posts to be converted - back to one point! (29-28). A Redcar player received a yellow card on 25 mins and the floodgates opened for Gos. Firstly Darren Kelly
scored his second after some telling runs by forwards and backs alike - Ando converted (36-28) on 27 mins. This was followed by a debut try under the posts by centre, Adam McGarry
, converted by Ando (43-28). Another period of interpassing saw Jack Davies
turn the ball inside for Darren Kelly
to cross for his hat-trick try [ that's a jug!!], converted again by Ando on 36 mins (50-28). There was still time for an eighth try from Jack Davies
wide-out for Ando to round off an immaculate kicking display with his seventh conversion. This left the final score at 57-28 and a five point win, leaving us still in sixth position in D&N2. Next weekend sees Houghton visiting Broadway West for the first time (KO 2.15).