Gateshead Thunder look to build on first victory

GATESHEAD Thunder are hoping lightning can strike twice in the same week after finally breaking their 64-game losing run.

GATESHEAD Thunder are hoping lightning can strike twice in the same week after finally breaking their 64-game losing run.

Wednesday's 24-22 home win over Workington was Thunder's first victory over non-amateur opposition for two and a half years and they are straight back into action tomorrow when they end their Co-operative Championship One season at home to Oldham.

Enjoying a surge of media interest following their midweek heroics, head coach Kevin Neighbour said: "It has been good fun and it is nice to wake up for once and not feel like rubbish.

"Pretty much every week I have been getting up the morning after a game and feeling so sorry for the lads that all the hard work they have put in has seen another defeat, so to turn that around has been fantastic.

"A few of the lads came in for rehab treatment on Thursday, and although they were hurting through the sheer physical effort they were smiling and joking.

“ It is good to finally have that, and it has changed the mood."

Attempting to explain a result which has earned them national attention, Neighbour added: "For the last three weeks we had been working on things we want to put in place for next season, in terms of how we want to play.

"That may have been a factor, but the biggest thing for me is it was just 17 honest efforts from the lads.

“They did not want to make a mistake, they wanted it for each other and they just gave it a right good go.

"They had nothing to lose, Workington had everything to lose and you could see it was getting to them the closer they got to the final whistle.

“Our lads were lapping it up, just waiting for them to crack."

Hoping for no hangovers for tomorrow's season-ender, Neighbur said: ""Shane Ackerley might have broken two ribs so will be out, and Ryan McBride will be assessed over a pectoral injury. We are not sure on him yet.”

 
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