Oxford RLFC 27-22 Gateshead Thunder
Oxford see off plucky Gateshead
John Clough bagged a brace of tries as Oxford edged out Gateshead 27-22 in a tight Kingstone Press Championship 1 clash.
The home side took control early, thanks to tries from John James Baird and Jonny Leather, with Leather also adding the extras, and they just about kept Gateshead at bay throughout.
Tries from Aaron Ollett and Luke Hardcastle, either side of Clough's first, gave the visitors hope with the score 16-10 at the break.
Although Clough's second try, a minute after the restart, made things harder for Gateshead the visitors came back strong.
Ollett crossed the whitewash again to set up a nervy finale for Oxford, but a goal from Leather and a try from Sean Morris, either side of a late try for Gateshead's Chris Heil, ensured it was their day.