Another tough day!
By Malcolm Stokoe
Second half proves difficult at Ryton.
Ryton v Gosforth 6.4.2019 written by Mal Stokoe.
On a cloudy afternoon a weakened Gosforth side started off really strongly at Ryton. Some sustained pressure on the home line saw Gos come away empty handed. It was against the run of play when the home side put together a fine handling move, which culminated in winger, Sam Robson, crossing wide out on the left for fly-half, Alex Colbeck, to convert magnificently (0-7). Shortly after that score, replacement, Ian Black
, took the field. The game continued from end to end, but, once again it was the hosts, who scored the next try through Conor Robson, who brushed aside some flimsy attempted tackles to score by the posts for Colbeck to convert on 26 minutes(0-14). Gosforth finally got on the scoreboard through a penalty by centre, Andrew Camplejohn
, who repeated the feat with an excellent, long-range kick to leave the score at 6-14 just before half-time. Keeping up the pressure on the home line, Gos managed to cross it through No 8, Marc Burton
, to leave the half-time score 11-14. Things looked promising for the visitors!
However, virtually from the restart, Ryton increased their lead to 11-21 through lock, Nick Edwards' try converted by Colbeck. This was followed immediately with another scything break for young Fijian wing, Ratu Bavadra, who finished powerfully for Colbeck to convert (11-28). The latter then put over a penalty on 47 minutes (11-31). The floodgates were really open now with the home side scoring five further tries through Bavadra (2); Ben Maitland; and replacement, Matt Oxley (2), three converted by Colbeck (11-62). To their credit, Gosforth didn't throw in the towel and were rewarded with a well worked try for the ubiquitous hooker, Dave Robinson, whose hard shift got a fitting reward on 75 minutes. Andy CJ converted very well to leave the final score at a sobering 18-62 loss.
Next week sees the end of a tough second half of the season with a home fixture against Bishop Auckland (KO 3pm), followed by the Annual Awards Dinner in the Clubhouse at 6.30 onwards.