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Seeds in at the kill
as Gatehead beaten
February 27 2005
Whitehaven 42, Gateshead 12
Haven entertained Gateshead
Thunder on a dry,cool but sunny afternoon and for the second
week running turned in a workmanlike performance to run out easy
winner , though in fairness to the visitors they look a much
improved team this season.
Haven got off to the best possible starts and after only two
minutes Leroy Joe fed Craig Calvert for the first score of the
game , converted by Penny. Haven 6 Gateshead 0.
Haven kept up the early pressure and after 10 minutes Leroy Joe
got his first try of the afternoon after David fatialofa had
run a penalty close to the visitors line . Conversion missed
by Penny Haven 10 Gateshead 0
Haven then extended their lead further as Leroy bagged his second
- the result of some neat interpassing between him and David
Seeds close to the line. Conversion by Penny.
As hinted Gateshead are a differant proposition this year, evidence
their win at Barrow. They certainly were not afraid to move the
ball, and could have scored a try through centre Barnes had he
not dropped a pass after finding a hole in the Haven Defence.
A few minutes later their enterprise was rewarded with a try
to Liddell the result of some slick passing.They also added a
penalty to make the score 16-6. But with half time approaching
Leroy capped a fine first half display by putting a deft grubber
into the in goal area for David Seeds to touch down to mark his
300th appearance with a try.
Haven 20 Gateshead 6
Haven started the second
period in a positive fashion after 46 minutes John Lebbon scored
at the corner. The conversion missed .We kept up the presure
and with 54 minutes gone Howard Hill powered his way over for
a try. Penny coverts this one and it was Haven 30 Gateshead 6
Gateshead showing resilience came back to score a good try through
Brown which was converted
But it was Haven who finished the stronger with a try to John
Lebbon showing great awareness and determination close to the
line , Penny converts .
Then with 10 minutes
remaining haven final try was set up by Summers who exhibited
excellent ball handling skills to feed the supporting Paul Davidson
to score wide out Penny converts.
The official man of the match Leroy Joe- his best display for
some time, before a gate of 1412 .All in all not a bad days work
though still lots of room for further improvement from a Haven
squad that starting to put the Derewent Park nightmare behind
The game also saw three of Wath Brow Hornets most exciting
youngsters from last year coming together in the pro ranks for
the first time. Craig Calvert and Derry Eilbeck, who have already
made their first-team mark, were joined by Carl Rudd, whose professional
debut had been delayed by knee reconstruction surgery last summer.
Haven's long serving centre David Seeds made his landmark 300th
appearance for the club in the game. Seeds,
the Recres record try-scorer with over 180 touch downs,
joined the club in the 1993/94 season, from Kells amateurs.
Coach Steve McCormack paid tribute to the 30-year-olds
massive contribution to the club. David
has a full-time job and a family, and to play 300 games when
not a full-time player is a superb achievement ,He deserves all
the accolades he gets. He never settles for second best and has
given his all. David trains hard
and always puts his body on the line. Hes a great example.
Tries from Calvert, Seeds, Lebbon, Davidson, Joe (2) and Hill.