Wrexham 1-1 Gateshead
The FA Carlsberg Trophy
24th January 2015
The FA Carlsberg Trophy match between Wrexham and Gateshead on a bright day in North Wales ended in a stalemate, for two teams who came into the game in very different form. Wrexham were looking to stop the rot of defeats having lost heavily to bottom of the table Telford and away at Dover in the last couple of games, whilst Gateshead were on a good run of form having seen off Nuneaton and Grimsby. It would’ve been easy to assume Gateshead would win this match, but Wrexham put in a very good overall performance, with a draw being a fair reflection of the game.
The opening goal did go with the form book, however, with Adam Campbell scoring his third goal in two games since his loan move from Newcastle United, using the pace from an Andrai Jones left wing cross, to cleverly guide the ball into the back of the net for 0-1.
Gateshead didn’t lead for long though, as eight minutes later, Wes York swung in an excellent right wing cross, which Carrington attacked very well, forcing an excellent save from Bartlett. However, Bishop was there on the follow up to draw the sides level.
A few minutes later it looked as though Gateshead had taken the lead again, after Campbell reacted quickest to a goalward header from Curtis following a Pattison free kick. However, Campbell saw his effort disallowed for offside.
The second half didn’t create too many clear cut chances. The pick of the bunch were a 57 minute free kick from John Oster, who saw his effort hit the post and in stoppage time, Bailey-Jones could’ve won it for Wrexham, but failed to provide the necessary finish.
The game ended 1-1 and the replay will take place this Wednesday night in Gateshead. Both teams will feel they had chances to win, but ultimately that a draw was a fair reflection on the game. FT 1-1.