Gateshead Thunder 16 London Skolars 36

14th August 2011

Skolars recorded their fifth win of the season and the first away from home in over two years with a seven try display against Gateshead Thunder.

Thunder defended strongly in the first half as Skolars attacked for long periods. Dylan Skee was hled up over the line early on, but it wasn’t long before Smokie Junor opened the scoring, finishing off after Oliver Bloom had made a break from the base of the scrum.

The home side levelled the score late on the half through Stephen Welton, but Skolars went in ahead at half-time after a Matt Thomas diagonal run opened the defence for a try on a welcome return after 4 months out through injury.

Skolars made a decisive score straight after the break. Danny Burke raced from halfway before combining with Thomas and James Anthony, who set up Aaron Small for his first senior try for the club.

Anthony scored himself five minutes later after being released in space by Jermaine Coleman. Thunder scored soon afterwards through Dan O’Sullivan, but Skolars were determined to notch their first win on the road since they beat Workington Town on 17 May 2009. They went further ahead when Skee finished off a Sam Gee break to score under the posts.

Will Colleran added Skolars’ sixth try before Anthony again showed his pace, taking a pass from Skee on the halfway line and leaving the defence in his wake.

Olly O’Mara’s try for Gateshead just before the end couldn’t dampen Skolars’ celebrations as the final hooter sounded.



44 Mitchell Stevens

34 Ashley Thackeray

30 Mike Mitchell

17 Joe Brown

16 Robin Peers

40 Paul Stamp

26 Connor Condron

8 Jason Payne

7 Ryan Clarke

10 Stephen Welton

13 Mike Kelly

5 Dan O’Sullivan

31 Will Bate


Subs (all used)

22 Chris Parker

9 Tom Hodgson

32 Ade Aderiye

33 Olly O’Mara


Tries: Welton (34), O’Sullivan (51), O’Mara (78)

Goals: Stamp 1/2, Clarke 1/1



3 James Anthony

18 Aaron Small

36 John Paxton

31 Will Colleran

2 Smokie Junor

19 Jermaine Coleman

7 Dylan Skee

25 Austen Aggrey

32 Sam Gee

15 Olly Purslow

34 Lamont Bryan

37 Jaroslaw Obuchowski

12 Oliver Bloom


Subs (all used)

21 Danny Burke

11 Matt Thomas

29 Michael Sykes

22 Saqib Murtza


Tries: Junor (11), Thomas (39),Small (42), Anthony (47,75), Skee (54), Colleran (71)

Goals: Skee 4/7


Penalty count: 15-4


Half-time: 6-10

Referee: Greg Dolan


SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 6-6, 6-10, 6-16, 6-20, 10-20, 10-26, 10-30, 10-36, 16-36

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