Gateshead 8 West 34

By Dave Picken - December 9 2018
Gateshead  8 West 34 We go into the the second half of the Durham and Northumberland One season in joint second spot after benefitting from a surprise win by Stockton at Durham City - West and City level on 55 points and chasing leaders Northern who now have a more comfortable seven-point lead.

Hopefully we won't go on to rue last week’s last second defeat by City - but having played all the teams in the league we know that the biggest enemy is sometimes ourselves.
Once again at Gateshead we made a confident start and went into an early lead - only for indiscipline and over ambition to allow Gateshead to dominate possession leading up to half time
The early lead came courtesy of some good offloading in midfield from Isaac Robinson and Joe Rafferty which set hooker Andrew Rollins bursting through. As he was stopped his simple pass allowed top scorer Will Hilditch to add to his tally.
Stu Waites was wide with his conversion, but we kept up the pressure with both winger Max Tennant (pictured) and No 8 Jay Corbett going close.
Gateshead struck back forcing their way into the West half where they stayed for some time as 18 year old up and coming referee Cameron Patterson repeatedly penalised us. The home side eventually accepting one opportunity with Todd Riley making no mistake from in front of the posts.
Despite their possession Gateshead rarely threatened the visitor’s line, and when we stole yet another set-piece Jay Corbett was unstoppable as he burst through from ten metres. Waites added the conversion but the 12-3 half time lead did not look that convincing.
However, the player coach was on target with a penalty six minutes after the restart after he had been the victim of a high tackle just outside the 22.
We continued to dominate the line-out putting pressure on Gateshead in their own 22 and forcing centre David Tate to knock on as the home backs tried to run their way out of danger.
Gavin Painter was onto the loose ball in a flash, and when his kick ahead bounced back off the post he reacted quickly to collect and dive over.
The 22-3 lead gave us the breathing space we needed, and even when we lost Jake Linighan to a yellow card for taking one for the team we continued to dominate the set-piece.
Replacement second row John Bunter proved just as effective in taking line-out ball with Gavin Painter sending in Will Hilditch in the corner for his second and the valuable try bonus point.
And we  were still down to 14 men when Jay Corbett put the icing on the cake when he powered his way from the back of a line-out with Waites completing the scoring for West.

However, Gateshead had the last word when Tate made up for his earlier mistake when he finished off a move started by enterprising home full back Scott Cartner. Riley's hastily taken drop goal conversion attempt coming back off the post - it was taken so quickly non of the West players realising it had happened.

Next week we face former promotion rivals Westoe who will arrive at Brinkburn anxious to put things right after three defeats in a row.

Gateshead: Scott Cartner, Nathan Turner, David Tate, Martyn Heelbceck (captain), Cameron Wilczek, Todd Riley, Ros Craig, John Thandi, Michael Ewart, Aaron Moslemi, Tom McGowan, Akar Omar, Scott Wilczek, Finley Reah, Tony Kennedy.
Res (all used); Paul Lindsay, Luke Nuttall, Alfie Middleton.

Try: Tate
Penalty: Riley.

West: Zac Southern, Will Hilditch, Gavin Painter, Peter Youll, Max Tennant, Stu Waites, Ryan Painter (captain), Adam Coates, Andrew Rollins, Jake Linighan, Joe Rafferty, Alex Barker, Isaac Robinson, Jay Corbett.
Reps (all used): John Bunter, Adam Peacock, Craig Hadwen.
Tries: Hilditch (2), Corbett (2), G Painter.
Cons: Waites (3)
Pens: Waites
Yellow: Linighan.
Referee: Cameron Patterson (Durham Society)

Gateshead 8 West 34
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