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Full Time: Falcons 29 Nottingham Rugby 9

By ANDI STARR

A BRAVE effort form Nottingham was not enough to prevent Newcastle Falcons from continuing their 100 per cent record.

The home side's 29-9 victory was certainly deserved, but the Green and Whites underlined their recent improvement by putting them under pressure in a couple of impressive first half spells, and then with some dogged defence in the second.

Fielden Newcastle

      BIG FINISH: Fielden secures the four-try bonus-point win for Falcons with his late effort against Nottingham. 

Indeed their defensive resolve looked like it may deny Falcons a bonus point before winger Luke Fielden touched down in the corner for a late try.

The home side took an early lead with a try from flanker Richard Mayhew as the pack put in a powerful drive from a close range lineout. Outside half Jimmy Gopperth added the conversion.

A James Arlidge penalty reduced the deficit to four points, and gave the Green and Whites heart. They began to get more into the game and soon reduced the gap further with a second Arlidge penalty.

Minutes before the break Arlidge had a chance to put his side in front with a long-range penalty, but his effort drifted wide of the post.

A late surge from Falcons saw them extend their lead with a penalty from Gopperth just before the break.

And the full back almost got a second penalty in the opening minutes of the second half, but his effort hit the post and Nottingham were able to clear the danger.

Minutes later though Alex Tait crossed, with Gopperth adding the conversion to make it 17-6, only for Arlidge to nudge over his third penalty of the game.

The longer the game went on, the more Newcastle threw at Nottingham. But it was not until prop Matt Parr was sin-binned eight minutes from time that the home side finally made the break through they had threatened as the referee awarded them a penalty try.

Nottingham's defence still looked like holding the home side out though until that late try from Fielden finally secured the bonus point.

Gopperth missed the conversion but there was still time for Tait to waste a golden opportunity as he knocked on in the last play of the game.

The defeat saw Nottingham drop a place to third in the Championship table following Bedford's narrow win over Doncaster.

Falcons 29 (R Mayhew, A Tait, L Fielden, Penalty try; Gopperth 3 conv; Gopperth pen) Nottingham Rugby 9 (J Arlidge 3 pens)

Attendance: 3,458 at Kingston Park

2012-11-09T21:45:00

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