Another disappointing loss.
By Derek Reid
Second best to a well organised Winlaton side.
On a day, which started brightly and then clouded over, Gos hosted Winlaton Vulcans, who were just behind us in D&N2 and whom we had beaten earlier on at their ground in the gloom. The visitors opened strongly and with a fair bit of commitment to take an early seven point lead through a converted try by Dan Joesbury and Robert Pyle on five minutes. Gosforth continued to be generous hosts as Winlaton scored two further unconverted tries through Darren Cornwall and Patrick Gillian , following an easy interception inside ten minutes (0-17). It was in the 22nd minute that Gos finally clicked into gear, producing a flowing movement with Mat Struthers laying on a well timed pass to free winger, Owen Ramsey
, who sped over by the left-hand corner flag. Mark Anderson
converted magnificently from the touchline. He followed this up with a 30 metre penalty to close the gap to 10-17. This hopeful riposte failed to develop, however, and Winlaton scored two more tries (one converted by Pyle) through Alex Randell and Gillian to leave the half-time score 10-29.
The second-half also started disappointingly for Gosforth, as the referee missed a knock-on by a marauding Winlaton forward, Joesbury, to score by the posts for another unconverted try (10-34). Gosforth then scored a second try after an excellent passing exchange through replacement Jack Levinson
. Mark Anderson
again put over a very good conversion on 49 minutes(17-34). Again Winlaton came back with , firstly, a Pyle penalty and ,then, a seventh Pyle converted try through hat-trick scorer, Joesbury, with 17 minutes to go (17-44). Could Gos get back into the match and accrue some points? The answer was "yes", as they dominated the final part of the game to put together several attacking moves, culminating in two further tries through Kieron Locke
and Jack Levinson
's second - both converted by Mark Anderson
to end with a 100% from off the tee. The final score was thus 31-44, with both teams gaining a bonus point, taking Winlaton above us in the League.
Next weekend sees our penultimate game of the season away to Ryton (KO 3pm).