By Malcolm Stokoe
Eleven try fest at Shields.
Our first visit to the 3G pitch at Harton Leisure Centre saw a strong, cold wind in evidence. However, Gosforth soon warmed up the crowd with some scintillating rugby, when, on nine minutes, flanker, Ryan John
, was to cross for his debut try. The tricky wind facing Mark Anderson
saw his conversion attempt fall just short (0-5). Five minutes later our powerful centre, CJ Camplejohn, tore through the home defence to score by the posts for Ando to convert this time (0-12). A similarly powerful run by skipper of the day, Andy Black
, on 16 minutes took the score to 0-17. This increased to 0-24 on 24 minutes following a long distance run by CJ was finished off by fly-half, Mark Anderson
, by the posts for him to convert. A speculative kick forward by the Shields fly-half on 33 minutes sat up nicely for full-back, Liam Hawthorn
, who was making his first appearance of the season following a long-term shoulder injury. Starting five metres from his own line, Liam set off at pace into the home 22. After offloading to the supporting Ando, who managed to repay the compliment, Liam was to cross in the corner (0-29). There was still time for one more try, this time again from Ando, who was obviously thrilled to score two tries in a game! He also converted to leave the half-time score at 0-36.
With the wind at their backs Gosforth started as they left off with Liam Hawthorn
scoring his second try on 42 minutes for Ando to convert from wide-out (0-43). On 49 minutes Liam was to cross even wider-out for his hat-trick try (0-48). It was in the 60th minute that James Weaver
, coming on from the bench, finished off another flowing move to score in the left-hand corner for Ando to complete an excellent conversion (0-55). In the same corner, winger, Jack Vening
, was to score the tenth try on 63 minutes (0-60). The last move of the game saw CJ cross for his second try and Ando convert (0-67) to round off a very convincing away win over a spirited South Shields.
Next Saturday sees GRFC back at Broadway West, when we host Ashington, who always give a spirited performance! KO is 2.15pm.