BONUS POINT WIN AGAIN.
Team as selected with the more experiences lads back in Tom McGowan in the 2nd Row, Alex Surrey at 8 and Scott Cartner at 15. We had the Anderson brothers in the centre.
Not sure what to expect with Winlaton and there will be quite a bit of that this season until we have met every team once.
Not a bad day, a bit cooler with rain threatening but never really came. Winlaton kicked off and took the game to us. For the first ten minutes we weren’t in their half. Then a break out by Stephen Anderson saw him make good ground into the Winlaton half. He should have passed really but carried on and made more space then put a neat pass to Scott Cartner who raced in to score and convert his own try. 7-0.
5 minutes later a great Scott Cartner break saw him put in Tom Wildsmith for a try and again converted by Scott, 14-0.
For the next 20 minutes or so the game was scrappy. Winlaton were getting stuck in but Gateshead were trying to force the game and made too many mistakes. We got penalised a couple of times at the scrum for an early push and after winning good ball players got isolated and again penalties given for holding on.
Then after 35 minutes Gateshead had a period of pressure in the Winlaton 22. Alex Surrey had a go at the line and one of their players tackled him but ending up picking him up and launching him in the air. To be fair to him he didn’t drop him on his head or neck but was still deemed to be dangerous and he was yellow carded.
We continued the pressure and after some good support work Tom McGowan was there in support to score. Pending the writers receipt of pints from Tom he reckons he got the pass on Joicey Rd and scorched the whole length of the pitch beating all the Winlaton team at least twice!! 19-0.
There had been a couple of injuries so we were well into injury time when Winlaton were attacking our 22. A great turnover saw us counter attack with the ball going through several pairs of hands with Scott Cartner getting his second try and convert to make the half time score 26-0.
Winlaton started off with a penalty 26-3 then Alex Surrey in support went over, converted by Scott 33-3. After their winger tackled Alex Surrey in the Gateshead 22 he was knocked out and was down for a good 10 minutes or so before he was able to get up and off the pitch. I hope he is OK.
Winlaton were still trying and battling on and got a score and converted to make it 33-10 then straight after the kick off Gateshead were attacking from just inside their half when the Winlaton centre slipped and gave Gateshead an automatic overlap for Scott Cartner to get his hat-trick and convert 40-10.
Winlaton continued to get stuck in and scored again 40-17.
Matty Etherington was on for Dan Lambert who had done his hamstring and had a couple of trundles then got the ball about 10 metres out and crashed over for his first 1st team try. 45-17.
Stephen Anderson then scored a fabulous individual try form his own half for his first 1st team try too, converted by Scott 52-17.
There was then a bout of handbags away from the play. The ref like the rest of us had followed the play and when we all looked back Luke Hawkins was on the ground with one of their guys. From what I could see, it was all over and nothing much was happening with Luke but the ref sent the two of them off. Rather harsh I believe because I don’t think the ref saw anymore than the rest of us did!
Ross Craig got a good try after a run by Tom Wildsmith when he slipped in a little dummy to nip in and score. Tom Wildsmith finished off a good performance by him with a try after a deft little kick from Scott Cartner to make the final score 62-17. Not according to the ref who said it was 60-17. He is wrong but that’s the score that will be on the formal record!
So a 10 try win with lots of good points but still loads to improve on. While it seems a bit stingy to say that after such an emphatic win this is the time to learn and improve.
Tom Wildsmith MOM with Scott showing he still has that bit magic and Stephen Anderson showing great promise with some lightening breaks.
The forwards battled well and we made good use of the rolling subs for the front rows to keep fresh.
Ryton away next week up there on the hill!