Sunderland’s miserable run of results continued once again as individual defensive errors cost them dearly gifting Gosforth a 32-18 victory in the Durham and Northumberland Division One.
Sunderland fell behind early on when Gosforth were awarded a penalty during the first phase of play to take an early 3-0 lead.
Sunderland drew level through a David Bains penalty but missed tackles in the midfield shortly after allowed Sunderland to break and their centre raced away for the opening try. However, the conversion was missed and the score stayed at 8-3 to Gosforth.
Another Bains penalty closed the gap but once again, just as they had got back into the game, more slack defending from Sunderland allowed Gosforth in for a second try to extend their lead to 13-6.
After strong second half performances in recent weeks, Sunderland were confident that they could overturn the deficit in the second half and perhaps they were looking to the half-time break when, with the last play of the first half, the Gosforth forwards powered their way over for another score to take Gosforth into a 20-6 half-time lead.
Sunderland came back into the game and a great run from Pete Harrison down the blindside following a sneaky line-out move reduced the deficit to seven points again.
Gosforth weren’t finished and scored their fourth try of the game, sealing a try scoring bonus point. Another defensive error from Sunderland allowed the spritely Gosforth scrum-half to cross for another and effectively kill off the game.
Andy Wordsworth pounced on a loose ball at the base of a scrum to score a consolation try under the posts which gave Sunderland hope of securing a losing bonus point, but despite hammering the Gosforth line late in the game the Gosforth defence held strong and once again Sunderland came away empty handed.
Sunderland seconds travelled to Bishop Auckland losing out 36-22. Sunderlands points came through two Matt Goforth tries, one from Adam Reay and one from Guy Kingsley Smith. Kingsley Smith added one conversion.
H Durham City got back to winning ways in style in North One East. Fresh from shipping 125 points in their last two defeats, City proved too strong for Team Northumbria at Hollow Drift, handing out a 46-24 defeat to the students with their biggest points total of the season.