Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Character in Defeat as Thunder RUNYORK Close

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Character in Defeat as Thunder RUNYORK Close

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GATESHEAD THUNDER 26 YORK CITY KNIGHTS 30 HEAD coach Stanley Gene had challenged his Gateshead Thunder players to show their battling qualities last night and, even though a victory was beyond them, they grafted from start to finish.

Even in racking up a fifth win in succession they demonstrated their intent not to be the whipping boys of Championship One, for large parts restricting a York side with serious promotion ambitions.

Thunder had trailed 24-10 at the break, their visitors dominating the tackle area and picking much harder and more imaginative running lines to register the first try on eight minutes.

Scrum-half John Presley was the man to apply the finishing touch after a length-of-the-field attack, York tapping quickly after a kick had gone dead in goal before brisk support play allowed them to convert it into points.

Ex-Gateshead man Benn Hardcastle applied the conversion to the ire of the home supporters and it was not long before he was doing the same again in adding the extras for Jack Lee's try.

The hooker scooted in from dummy-half as Gateshead's fringe defence was caught out, but the home side pulled themselves back into the contest midway through the half when prop Matty Barron reached an arm out of a tackle following a miss-pass.

Carl Puckering converted, Thunder good value for their try after a string of earlier runs from Jacob Blades down the left and enterprising running from Aaron Ollett and Tom Capper.

York, patiently absorbing the pressure, seemed to be the more ruthless and turned a chink of light into a try when left wing Ben Dent cut inside from 40 metres out and powered through a hole for try number three.

York's over-eagerness to stretch their lead handed Capper a try when an unnecessary offload inside their own red-zone allowed the home winger to claw in the loose pass for a poacher's score. …

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