Nuneaton 0-2 Gateshead
Saturday 17th January 2015
Gateshead got back to winning ways against a Nuneaton team who have been left languishing at toward the bottom of the Vanarama Conference and not showing any signs of how they might get out of their predicament.
On a clear and cold afternoon in the Midlands, both teams were starting the match with three new signings, but it was the Gateshead signings who proved the difference. In particular the young Newcastle United loanees Adam Campbell and Callum Roberts, who gave the game a sprinkling of Premier League quality.
Campbell opened the scoring after a quarter of an hour after being put in on goal by Craig Baxter and showing great composure to slide the ball past goalkeeper Christian Dibble for 0-1.
Gateshead continued to dominate the proceedings and nearly went 0-2 up when Callum Roberts cut in from the left wing only to see his 20 yard shot rebound off the post.
However, it wasn’t long until it was 0-2, when some great work by Roberts on the left saw him cut the ball across the six yard box where Campbell was waiting to fire into the roof of the net.
Nuneaton did have time to create a chance of their own, when Streete clipped the top of the crossbar for Nuneaton with a looping header on the stroke of half-time. HT 0-2.
The second half started just as the first half had finished, with Gateshead seeing far more of the ball than the hosts. Within two minutes of the restart, Campbell almost completed his hattrick, when he sent a 20 yard left footed curling shot toward goal, only to see it rebound off the far post.
Nuneaton did create a few chances of their own throughout the half, but didn’t really create anything of note and rarely worked the Gateshead goalkeeper. The Heed were comfortable in possession throughout the half, without creating anything clear cut and saw the game out to collect their first three points since December 2nd. FT 0-2.