Gosforth take the points in near darkness
By Derek Reid
Gosforth win hard fought game at Winlaton
Winlaton Vulcans 17 v 24 Gosforth 1.12.2018 Derek Reid
A first visit to Winlaton since the 2005/6 season Gosforth were hoping for a better result this time out, having lost that encounter 20-14 in a close game.
Gosforth having no game at home were well represented on the sidelines by President Tucker and his Aleks. The team once again showed changes from last week, missing were Kelly, Davies, CJ, Manfredi, Lyon, Venning, Miller and Morris all injured or unavailable. A warm welcome return to the fold saw Joe Woodhams start his first game since he become a Dad and the ever youthful BJ Neill packing down in the front row. Mat Struthers started on the wing and the bench consisted of Owen Ramsey, Joe Stoker and Adam Wasylkiw.
A cold, wet, dark miserable afternoon saw Gosforth kick off down the slope and were soon on the front foot, a quick penalty led to a smart cross field move to allow Stephenson to score in the corner on 3 minutes, a excellent conversion by Anderson saw Gosforth take a early 7-0 lead. Gosforth continued to press the Winlaton line and on 10 minutes Struthers just failed with a long penalty attempt from the half way line, again Gosforth pressed resulting in another penalty this time converted by Anderson on 15 minutes 10-0. By the 18 minute Winlaton started to get back into the game which resulted in their hooker Grice darting over from close range, full back Pyle adding the conversion, 7-10 the score. Gosforth came straight back and in the 20 minute added to the score with a successful penalty attempt by Anderson in front of the posts (7-13). With Winlaton pressing the Gosforth line, Mat Struthers was yellow carded in the 31st minute for reasons only known to the referee. Winlaton narrowed the score on 36 minutes to 10-13 with a successful penalty by full back Pyle. The half ended with Anderson’s long range penalty kick from halfway just falling short, half time 10 – 13.
The second half got underway in ever decreasing light with Winlaton taking the lead on 46 minutes through a try by centre Gillan and converted by Pyle (17-13), the early signs were not good for Gosforth playing up the slope but digging deep the lads pushed up field and the arrears were reduced by another successful penalty by Anderson (17-16). On 53 minutes a handbags altercation saw Winlaton centre Gillan yellow carded and Gosforth centre McGarry sent off, though the referee clearly got the wrong man as McGarry was nowhere near the incident, blame the conditions ref it was after all near pitch black by now.
Down to 14 men Gosforth continued to show good resolute defence against a determined Winlaton side moving the ball whenever they could and were rewarded in the 61st minute when a quick tap penalty by Jones led to Locke driving into the corner for a excellent try to regain the lead 17-21. Winlaton came back strong and continued to press the Gosforth line but the 14 man defence once again held firm and after breaking out of defence moved up field once more to be rewarded for their efforts with a penalty which was duly dispatched by Anderson pushing the score out to 17- 24.
The last 10 minutes in near darkness saw Gosforth hold out for a deserved win against a good Winlaton team, well done lads.
Next week we welcome Ryton to Broadway West 2:15ko let’s hope for a sunny day.