Novos blow it at Druid Park
Leading 10 - 8 ten minutes into the 2nd half Novos threw away a winning position to lose 31 - 15 to a strong Gosforth side
Gosforth showed plenty of movement, enterprise and endeavour during the opening 15 minutes, but Novos defensive line held firm
Novos defensive efforts were paying dividends and Novos grew as an attacking force and were rewarded with a penalty, which centre, Richard Lamb, converted to give a 3-0 lead at the end of the 1st quarter.
However, it was Gosforth, who earned the first try. Following a line out catch, the pack drove towards the Novos line, and Joe Woodhams grounded the ball, so Gosforth finished the first half 5â€“3 ahead.
However, Novos looked dangerous after Gosforth kicked off the second half, going 10-5 in the lead, when centre Lamb, converted a try scored by determined winger, Stewart.
Then, Gosforth skipper and winger, Adam Ainley scored an inspirational try, exhibiting fancy footwork to score a converted, and it was 12-10 to Gosforth. Jonny Ward was penalised for going in to the tackle with his feet and earned his first yellow card. Jonny protested afterwards that it was unintentional and he was just over enthusiastic in trying to prevent the try.
Gosforth Full back, Segni, then skipped over for a try, which was converted to give Gosforth a 19-10 cushion as the third quarter of the match drew to a close.
Alex Westgarth, barged over for a try, and, with 15 minutes remaining, a fired up Gosforth were 24-10 up and in the driving seat.
Novos winger, Stewart, scored another well-taken try, narrowing the gap to 24-15 and give Novos a little hope
A Novos lineout was disrupted, the ball ran loose, Westgarth snapped it up and crossed for his second try; so with a few minutes of the half remaining, the home side had an unassailable 29-15 lead.
Gosforth defended well and prevented any scoring efforts by Novos, keeping their unbeaten run going. Novos now find themselves in the polar opposite position of Gosforth following this 3rd straight league defeat. Next up top of the table Northern fresh from there massive 100 point victory over Hartlepool, It wont get any easier! However with a number of injuries clearing up and returning players Novos fortunes should change soon.
Finally, good luck to Novos hooker Keith (Keet) Willis who returns home to Northern Ireland to continue his studies, He has been an invaluable member of the first team this term and his loss will surely been keenly felt on the playing side, although the female population of Newcastle will also miss Keith im sure!