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1st XV - Match centre

T Jones (2), D Manfredi
J Arkle, S Rosser, S Whatmore, Unknown
M Anderson (2)
Sat 19 Jan 14:15 - Northern Division - Durham/ Northumberland Division Two Full time

Gloom in the Gloom!


Ash snatch victory at Broadway West.

The snow had gone, but so had the sunshine, as Gosforth kicked off against Ashington. Despite a few injuries and non-availabilities the hosts had a strong looking side and, so it proved, as winger Tom Jones was to cross in the corner after only three minutes. Mark Anderson produced an excellent conversion to give Gos an early 7-0 lead. Ashington were then to put Gos under considerable pressure, but the home line stayed intact until the visitors eventually scored an unconverted try through Johnny Arkle in the 24th minute (7-5). Unfortunately Gosforth in the meantime had lost the services of speedy fullback, Liam Hawthorn, following yet another storming run. In only his second appearance of the season Liam was to suffer a re-occurence of his shoulder injury, which required a trip to the RVI! This severely disrupted the home team - as did the yellow card issued to flanker, Marc Burton in the 30th minute. However the score stayed at 7-5 until halftime, both sides having had scoring chances without finishing them off.
Ash attacked from their kick-off, but it was Gosforth, who pounded the visitors' line for Dom Manfredi to drive over in the corner, following strong pressure by the home pack. Ando was unable to convert this one (12-5), but made amends after Tom Jones was to cross for his second try of the afternoon on 62 minutes, following a strong run by centre, Mathew Struthers (19-5), who, incidently, was making his 100th First team appearence. Things looked set fair for the home side, but Ashington had other ideas as they attacked the far end of the field in the gathering gloom and brought the score to 19-10 on 70 minutes. [It was impossible to identify scorers from this point!] Further disruptions to the home team through injuries, and a series of penalties awarded against them, gave Ashington some great encouragement to go for an unlikely win. With four minutes to go to the final whistle Ashington were to score a third unconverted try (helped by some less than effective tackling!) - 19-15. There was still time for them to score a fourth bonus point try in the last minute and steal the win from a stunned home team! Thus, the final score of 19-20 was joyfully received by the visitors and Gosforth were left to ponder on what might/should have been.
Next week sees the start of a run of four away games, beginning next Saturday at Sedgefield.

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Key moments

Try Thomas Jones scores for Gosforth
Conversion Mark Anderson kicks a conversion for Gosforth
Try J Arkle scores for Ashington
Try Dom Manfredi scores for Gosforth
Try Thomas Jones scores for Gosforth
Conversion Mark Anderson kicks a conversion for Gosforth
Try S Rosser scores for Ashington
Try S Whatmore scores for Ashington
Try Try for Ashington


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78:00 Try 19 - 20
Try for Ashington
75:00 Try 19 - 15
S Whatmore scores for Ashington
69:00 Try 19 - 10
S Rosser scores for Ashington
65:00 Yellow Card
J Storey is yellow carded for Ashington
63:00 Conversion 19 - 5
Mark Anderson kicks a conversion for Gosforth
62:00 Try 17 - 5
Thomas Jones scores for Gosforth
44:00 Try 12 - 5
Dom Manfredi scores for Gosforth
End of period 1
38:00 Try 7 - 5
J Arkle scores for Ashington
24:00 Yellow Card
Marc Burton is yellow carded for Gosforth
3:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Mark Anderson kicks a conversion for Gosforth
2:00 Try 5 - 0
Thomas Jones scores for Gosforth
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Gosforth
  • Ashington
  • 0
  • Thomas Jones Try 2:00'
  • Mark Anderson Conversion 3:00'
  • Marc Burton Yellow Card 24:00'
  • J Arkle Try 38:00'
  • Dom Manfredi Try 44:00'
  • Thomas Jones Try 62:00'
  • Mark Anderson Conversion 63:00'
  • J Storey Yellow Card 65:00'
  • S Rosser Try 69:00'
  • S Whatmore Try 75:00'
  • Try 78:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Ashington 26 74
7. Ryton 27 71
8. Gosforth 26 70
9. Bishop Auckland 26 68
10. Sedgefield 26 48
11. Darlington 26 46
12. Redcar 26 42

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