Redcar much Improved, But Eventually Run Out Of Steam
By Dave Pearson
Redcar still struggle to get a consistent team and have to call on both old and young players.
Gosforth kicked off on a sunny and unusually windless day at Redcar, and it was Redcar who scored first after only 10 mins, Paul Evans picked up a loose ball, made half a break, fed the ball out, it reached centre Matty Curry who ran half the length of the field, evading all the Gosforth defence and scored under the posts, this was converted by winger Joe Cooke, 7 – 0.
Gosforth struck back and scored two tries on 12 and 17 mins, 7 – 12. On 20 mins from a scrum No.8 Mark Harrison picked up and made good ground, Matty Curry got his hands on the ball again and shredded the Gosforth team again to score Redcar’s second try, this was also converted by Joe Cooke, 14 – 12. Gosforth replied with a try (28 mins) and a penalty (36 mins) to bring the score to 14 – 22. In the final mins of the first half, Gosforth’s No.8 got a yellow card for persistent offside, then winger Danny Addison scored in the corner, this was converted with a wonderful kick by Joe Cooke.
Half Time Redcar 21 Gosforth 22.
The second half got underway and Gosforth stretched their lead with another try, 21 – 29. Redcar’s man of the match Matty Curry scored his hat-trick try on 60 mins, as he completely out foxed and evaded the Gosforth players, Joe Cooke adding the extras, 28 – 29. That was as good as it got for Redcar, Danny Addison got a Yellow card (silly boy) and Gosforth ran in 4 more tries, (two of which came from one of their players having a foot in touch, but the Gosforth touch judge did not see or flag it), Redcar battled on but had run out of steam.
Final Score Redcar 28 Gosforth 57