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1st XV - Match centre

Gosforth
North Shields
M Struthers (2), A McGarry, M Anderson
Tries
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
M Anderson (3)
Conversions
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M Anderson
Penalties
Penalty Try
Sat 5 Jan 14:15 - Northern Division - Durham/ Northumberland Division Two Full time

Big game - disappointing result!

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Match was better than the light!!

The first League game of 2019 saw the high-flying North Shields visiting Broadway West on a gloomy (weather-wise) Saturday with a 2.15 KO. A strong looking Shields side kicked off and dominated much of the early exchanges, but made no input onto the scoreboard until the 22nd minute. A series of attacks towards the home line ended with a dubious penalty try with the ball seemingly squirting out of the ruck to be touched down by home scrumhalf, John Rooney, who was also yellow-carded for the same incident. Nevertheless, the visitors were 0-7 up. This certainly stirred up Gosforth, who, in turn, strung together a fine passing movement for fullback, Mathew Struthers, to power his way over the line. Flyhalf, Mark Anderson, converted well to level the score at 7-7 on 25 minutes. As half-time approached, Shields retook the lead on 34 minutes through No 6, Richard Carr, who scored close-in for Simon Ayre to convert (7-14). A last extra long (over 50 metres!) penalty attempt from wide out by Mat Struthers just fell short as the half-time whistle went.
With the gloom intensifying, distinguishing between the green versus blue hoops from a distance became more difficult (spare a thought for Derek Reid, our resident photographer!). Referee, Paul Minto, did well keep the game flowing and, ironically, the handling and attacking play improved! Within the first second-half minute Gos were back level thanks again to Mathew Struthers, who received a pass along the backline inside his own half. Seeing an unoccupied piece of grass behind the Shields defence, he kicked ahead, followed up determinedly, tackled the covering Shields player, dispossessed him and powered over for Mark Anderson to convert (14-14). This remained the score until the 49th minute, when Shields scored a try after a series of scrum drives, with Simon Ayre converting from out wide (14-21). Back came Gos with centre Adam McGarry finishing powerfully in the right-hand corner for Ando to just fail to convert (19-21). Then, for the first time in the match, Gos were to take the lead on 20 minutes, as Mark Anderson danced over by the posts to convert his own try (26-21). This was a fourth bonus point try for the hosts. However, Shields were to score their own on 25 minutes with a similar forwards' converted try (26-28), which was followed on 31 minutes with a further converted try under the posts (26-35) against a trying home defence, who had tackled manfully throughout. [ The failing light made it impossible for your scribe to discern the scorers!] With the clock running down Gos were awarded a long penalty, which Mark Anderson gratefully converted to give an extra losing bonus point for Gosforth, leaving the final score 29-35 to North Shields.
Final thought - why do we have to stick to the 2.15 KO's at this time of year, when, surely an extra 15/30 minutes of daylight would be a benefit to all concerned?
Next week sees GRFC visiting the other Shields (South), where we'll be hoping to get gack on the winning track.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – February: Henley Hawks RFC

Key moments

25:00
Try Mathew Struthers scores for Gosforth
26:00
Conversion Mark Anderson kicks a conversion for Gosforth
34:00
Try Try for North Shields
35:00
Conversion Conversion for North Shields
42:00
Try Mathew Struthers scores for Gosforth
43:00
Conversion Mark Anderson kicks a conversion for Gosforth
48:00
Try Try for North Shields
49:00
Conversion Conversion for North Shields
53:00
Try Adam McGarry scores for Gosforth
61:00
Try Mark Anderson scores for Gosforth
62:00
Conversion Mark Anderson kicks a conversion for Gosforth
65:00
Try Try for North Shields
66:00
Conversion Conversion for North Shields
70:00
Try Try for North Shields
71:00
Conversion Conversion for North Shields
77:00
Penalty Mark Anderson kicks a penalty for Gosforth

Videos and photos

Gosforth 29 v 35 North Shields 5.01.2019
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Highlights

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77:00 Penalty 29 - 33
Mark Anderson kicks a penalty for Gosforth
71:00 Conversion 26 - 33
Conversion for North Shields
70:00 Try 26 - 31
Try for North Shields
66:00 Conversion 26 - 26
Conversion for North Shields
65:00 Try 26 - 24
Try for North Shields
62:00 Conversion 26 - 19
Mark Anderson kicks a conversion for Gosforth
61:00 Try 24 - 19
Mark Anderson scores for Gosforth
53:00 Try 19 - 19
Adam McGarry scores for Gosforth
49:00 Conversion 14 - 19
Conversion for North Shields
48:00 Try 14 - 17
Try for North Shields
43:00 Conversion 14 - 12
Mark Anderson kicks a conversion for Gosforth
42:00 Try 12 - 12
Mathew Struthers scores for Gosforth
End of period 1
35:00 Conversion 7 - 12
Conversion for North Shields
34:00 Try 7 - 10
Try for North Shields
26:00 Conversion 7 - 5
Mark Anderson kicks a conversion for Gosforth
25:00 Try 5 - 5
Mathew Struthers scores for Gosforth
22:00 Yellow Card
John Rooney is yellow carded for Gosforth
22:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to North Shields
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Gosforth
  • North Shields
  • 0
  • John Rooney Yellow Card 22:00'
  • Penalty Try 22:00'
  • Mathew Struthers Try 25:00'
  • Mark Anderson Conversion 26:00'
  • Try 34:00'
  • Conversion 35:00'
  • Mathew Struthers Try 42:00'
  • Mark Anderson Conversion 43:00'
  • Try 48:00'
  • Conversion 49:00'
  • Adam McGarry Try 53:00'
  • Mark Anderson Try 61:00'
  • Mark Anderson Conversion 62:00'
  • Try 65:00'
  • Conversion 66:00'
  • Try 70:00'
  • Conversion 71:00'
  • Mark Anderson Penalty 77:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Whitley Bay Rockcliff 22 106
2. North Shields 22 94
3. Hartlepool 22 81
4. Sunderland 22 79
5. Ashington 22 66
6. Gosforth 22 62
7. Winlaton Vulcans 22 59

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