Gateshead II 46 - Northern Wanderers 0. Match report by Huw Reynolds.
It’s been a long held ambition of mine to quote Shakespeare in one of these match reports and given the score line, Polonius’s words are apt – “brevity is the soul of wit”.
Having beaten Gateshead earlier in the season, Northern travelled with a strong side and high expectations. Unfortunately, the opposition were at their Sunday best, which given that it was a Saturday was some achievement. Bolstered with a number of returning or ex-first teamers, they played some excellent rugby with the ‘old heads’ clearly running the show. Having said that, the score does not reflect the competitiveness of the match in any way whatsoever. Northern’s share of territory and possession was around 40% but whereas Gateshead executed their opportunities, Wanderers failed to cross the whitewash despite numerous incursions into the opposing 22. We were further hampered by the referee’s dubious decision to sin bin David Reah for a deliberate knock-on when he had clearly made a two-handed attempt to catch the ball, while Gyles Ellison’s early withdrawal with a recurring shoulder injury was a significant blow.
Nevertheless, it was great to see three full squads taking the field on the weekend, with Nick Hopkins and James Stansfield producing excellent debuts. As such we are again encouraged to go “once more unto the breach” next Saturday.
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