Northern Wanderers 31 – Gateshead II 19
This was another good win for the Wanderers, who at times played extremely well, but allowed Gateshead to keep in touch through ill-discipline.
The post-match huddle agreed that the 25 minutes at the start of the second half was the most controlled and disciplined so far this season. We only competed when there was a chance of success, defended and pressured well, winning numerous penalties, 4 of which were converted and which proved to be the difference between the sides. Good game management all round.
Conversely, for much of the first half and the last 15 minutes, concentration levels dropped, we gave too many penalties away and allowed the opposition time, territory and ultimately tries. There is most definitely a learning point here – stay disciplined and controlled and we will be competitive.
Chris Malley continues to improve as he learns the game and scored an excellent try, as did Michael McBurney, who like Chris is learning his trade but has much potential. There was another good display from Josh Vince-Urwin who managed a full house of try, conversion and penalty. The third try was scored by another relative novice Nikki Maponya, another fast winger. It was great to see old heads Matt Kazcmar and Ian Brierley having a run out and by so doing raising the average age of the team significantly. We also saw an excellent debut from Cyprian international Yianni Baimas who won the man of steel award for his strong runs and tackling. On a day of many good performances from many, Lloyd Holmes was unanimously voted man-of-the-match for to his work over the breakdown and ferocious tackling. D***-of-the-day went to captain Rob Richardson for getting injured with literally the last contact of the match – good timing Rob.
Tries: Chris Malley (1)
Nikki Maponya (1)
Michael McBurney (1)
Conversions: Josh Vince-Urwin (2)
Penalties: Josh Vince-Urwin (1)
Robbie Micheson (2)
Jordan Brown (1)
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