Gateshead FC 2-2 Halifax Town FC
Friday 26th December 2014
With only four places and two points separating the teams, we were set for a post-Christmas cracker of a match between The Heed and Halifax Town, with both teams hoping for three points as their main present for the day.
Gateshead started the game like they’d had a little too much turkey, as Halifax dominated the opening minutes and it was The Heed who hadn’t heeded the warnings, with the Shaymen rewarded on ten minutes, when Lois Maynard scored a 12 yard header from a right wing cross which bounced into the bottom corner.
However, two minutes later, having not been in the game at all, Halifax giftwrapped Gateshead a chance and John Oster struck a nice first time effort past the helpless goalkeeper, completely against the run of play.
Halifax didn’t let this put them off though and continued to be the team on top. However, they weren’t creating any clear cut chances. Then on 25 minutes, Lois Maynard tried his luck from 30 yards, which somehow found its way past the Gateshead goalkeeper, who will be very disappointed not to have done better, as the ball appeared to go into the centre of the goal for 1-2.
The first half action was not finished their, as Gateshead started to make more inroads into the match and were given another lifeline by the visitors in the 39th minute when Ramshaw was brought down in the box for a penalty to Gateshead.
Danny Wright cooly tucked away the penalty, although it was touch and go whether or not it should’ve been allowed, as Wright appeared to stutter his run a bit too much to the point of stopping. The Halifax players protested, but the goal stood and the teams went in at half time at 2-2.
The second half followed a very different pattern and was entirely dominated by Gateshead. Rankine struck the post and skied a late 12 yard half volley and there were also a couple of good chances for John Oster. However, Gateshead couldn’t break down the stubborn Halifax defence and the game finished 2-2.
Both teams will be disappointed they didn’t take the three points, as both teams had large periods dominating the game and not taking advantage. However, on reflection a draw was a fair result and a gift neither team will be taking back.