The Phoenix rise again
By Malcolm Stokoe
A game of two halves?
After a minute's silence for the armistice this League game started between two well-balanced sides. An equal first quarter eventually saw the visitors scoring the opening try to take a 5 point lead , which was increased to 12 when a concentrated series of attacks saw Novos cross the home line again. Despite raids by both teams the score was to remain at 0-12 at halftime.
A raft of changes saw Gos start the second-half with an improved attacking attitude down the slight slope. On the second minute a strong pick-up and drive from Marc Burton
fed replacement winger, Jack Levinson
, who finished powerfully to cross wide-out to bring the score to 5-12. Gosforth continued to dominate the play for the next twenty minutes, but it was Novos, who were to break away with a strong, mazy run to score an unconverted try in the left-hand corner. At 5-17 down the writing appeared to be on the wall for the hosts, but the Phoenix spirit suddenly burst to life! On thirty minutes a strong run from 50 metres by new centre, Adam McGarry
, resulted in his crossing the line wide-out on the right to narrow the gap to just seven points, The team were not finished as Jack Levinson
linked up from his new fullback position to cut back inside incisively to score by the posts for Jamie Pemberton to convert and bring the scores level with seven minutes to go. Again the play moved into the Novos' half on the 37th minute, when Ryan John
ran elusively to outpace the visitors and score under the posts. Jamie Pemberton's second successful conversion saw the home side take an unlikely seven point lead. There was still time for the final nail to be put in the Novos' coffin, when Jamie Pemberton stroked over a penalty from in front to leave the final score at 27-17, giving the Phoenix a second successive win after last week's 22-19 win at Jarrovians. Well done to skipper, Peter Knight
, and his lads!!