Sunday’s 13-11 Aviva Premiership Rugby victory against London Irish was also a landmark game for club captain Will Welch, who made his 100th appearance for his home town club.
Coming on as a second half substitute, the Newcastle born flanker played a crucial part as the Falcons secured their first home win of the season, delivering a performance filled with his trademark doggedness and physicality.
Welch entered the fray on 60 minutes and was immediately to the fore as he helped his team mates establish a foothold in the Irish 22.
The 23-year-old then continued to feature prominently in the forward pick and drives that created the space for Adam Powell to ghost through to grab his pivotal try.
After fellow replacement Phil Godman added a conversion to make the scores 13-11, the captain went on to play a full part in the resolute defensive effort that ensured the points remained in the North East.
The result moved the Falcons to eight in the table, equal on points with Sale Sharks in 7th and only two points adrift of sixth placed Harlequins, who are the Falcons next opponents at home in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday 1 December. Tickets on sale here
Speaking post match, Welch said: “They were difficult conditions to play in out there with the wind and the wet. We had spoken before the game about the most important thing being that we got the win and credit to the boys for sticking in for the full 80.”
Will, who is sponsored by Newcastle-based law firm Sintons, added: “It's great to get the opportunity to play 100 games for the club and hopefully I’ll get the chance to play many more games in the future.”
The Falcons are next in action at Kingston Park in the first round of the LV= Cup on November 10 when London Irish make a return visit to Kingston Park. Kick-off is at 3pm and tickets are on sale here or by calling 0871 2266060.