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1st XV - Match centre

Novocastrians
Guisborough
C Spencer, M Fearon, G Humphreyson, C Ward
Tries
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
G Humphreyson (3)
Conversions
Unknown, Unknown
G Humphreyson (3)
Penalties
Sat 27 Jan 14:15 - Northern Division - Durham & Northumberland 1 Full time

Novos grind out victory over Guisborough

This week's match report detailing Novos' triumph over Guisborough, is written by ex-NOVO magazine Editor-in-chief, Tommy Bilclough.

To paraphrase Shakespeare’s Henry V; ‘When the blast of the Spaniard’s whistle blows in our ears, then imitate the action of the tiger, stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood, disguise fair natured Novocastrian with hard-favour’d rage…’ As a team on Saturday, the Novos lads epitomised ‘the action of the tiger’ – on the pitch, there was a tangible energy of positivity and self-belief which translated into a very clinical performance. Every player in the 18-man squad rose to the challenge that Guisborough presented – the visitors were certainly favourites in light of our encounters over the past couple of seasons.

Novos started the game as they meant to go on with quick and expansive offensive pressure in the first few minutes - powerful carries from Nashy and Brendan Thomas (who was man of the match, by the way), forced a couple of early penalties. Guisborough, also, posed some serious threats. In particular, their tight head prop, before he was sent off, made some menacing breaks and set up their first try. Our opening score was finished off superbly by ex-colt Cameron Spencer. After a darting run by the ever-threatening Sam Busby, Cam burnt past three or four defenders to open up the scoring for the day.

Greg Humphreyson’s kicking also deserves a special mention in this week’s report – for the right reasons… Though he was disappointed with his success rate off the tee against Hartlepool, he thoroughly atoned against Guisborough by slotting 6/7. Included in that total was a conversion to one of his own scores; after a period of immense pressure from Guisborough early on in the second half (scoring a very quick try after the break), Greg spotted a gap and darted through two defenders from ten metres out to score under the sticks. Quickly afterwards, Martin Fearon finished off a lovely try in a run that Chris Robshaw would have been proud of.

jan 2018 v Guisborough
63 photos

With ten minutes to go, Novos had an offensive lineout in the opposition 22 which led to a period of prolonged attack. Eventually, we passed the ball along the line (and we left them stannin’) - Chris Ward found himself in the right place at the right time on the left wing to run over for his second try in three weeks. It was not the only time that we have seen that man streak up the left wing of a rugby pitch…
The victory on Saturday reflects a period of intense energy within the squad, and gives a platform from which to base the next few performances.

T. Bilclough

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Key moments

5:00
Penalty Greg Humphreyson kicks a penalty for Novocastrians
10:00
Penalty Greg Humphreyson kicks a penalty for Novocastrians
15:00
Try Try for Guisborough
25:00
Try Cameron Spencer scores for Novocastrians
26:00
Conversion Greg Humphreyson kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
42:00
Try Try for Guisborough
43:00
Conversion Conversion for Guisborough
50:00
Try Martin Fearon scores for Novocastrians
52:00
Penalty Greg Humphreyson kicks a penalty for Novocastrians
62:00
Try Greg Humphreyson scores for Novocastrians
63:00
Conversion Greg Humphreyson kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
70:00
Try Chris Ward scores for Novocastrians
71:00
Conversion Greg Humphreyson kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
75:00
Try Try for Guisborough
76:00
Conversion Conversion for Guisborough

Videos and photos

jan 2018 v Guisborough
63 photos
jan 2018 v Guisborough

Highlights

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76:00 Conversion 35 - 19
Conversion for Guisborough
75:00 Try 35 - 17
Try for Guisborough
71:00 Conversion 35 - 12
Greg Humphreyson kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
70:00 Try 33 - 12
Chris Ward scores for Novocastrians
63:00 Conversion 28 - 12
Greg Humphreyson kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
62:00 Try 26 - 12
Greg Humphreyson scores for Novocastrians
60:00 Red Card
A player is sent off for Guisborough
52:00 Penalty 21 - 12
Greg Humphreyson kicks a penalty for Novocastrians
50:00 Try 18 - 12
Martin Fearon scores for Novocastrians
43:00 Conversion 13 - 12
Conversion for Guisborough
42:00 Try 13 - 10
Try for Guisborough
End of period 1
35:00 Yellow Card
George Bambrick is yellow carded for Novocastrians
26:00 Conversion 13 - 5
Greg Humphreyson kicks a conversion for Novocastrians
25:00 Try 11 - 5
Cameron Spencer scores for Novocastrians
15:00 Try 6 - 5
Try for Guisborough
10:00 Penalty 6 - 0
Greg Humphreyson kicks a penalty for Novocastrians
5:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Greg Humphreyson kicks a penalty for Novocastrians
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Novocastrians
  • Guisborough
  • 0
  • Greg Humphreyson Penalty 5:00'
  • Greg Humphreyson Penalty 10:00'
  • Try 15:00'
  • Cameron Spencer Try 25:00'
  • Greg Humphreyson Conversion 26:00'
  • George Bambrick Yellow Card 35:00'
  • Try 42:00'
  • Conversion 43:00'
  • Martin Fearon Try 50:00'
  • Greg Humphreyson Penalty 52:00'
  • Red Card 60:00'
  • Greg Humphreyson Try 62:00'
  • Greg Humphreyson Conversion 63:00'
  • Chris Ward Try 70:00'
  • Greg Humphreyson Conversion 71:00'
  • Try 75:00'
  • Conversion 76:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
7. Hartlepool Rovers 26 57
8. Stockton 25 51
9. Novocastrians 24 50
10. Guisborough 24 49
11. Medicals 26 44
12. Ponteland 26 43
13. Gosforth 26 40

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