Braintree 1-0 Gateshead

Braintree 1-0 Gateshead
Vanarama Conference
Saturday 7th March 2015

Gateshead’s play-off hopes were dealt a hammer blow as a second-half penalty from Kenny Davis secured a valuable victory for Braintree Town at a sun-drenched Cressing Road. The Tynesiders face a mammoth task if they are to realise their promotion ambitions with games running out. This leaves Tuesday night’s game at home to Welling a must win game.

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All afternoon-long, both teams cancelled each other out, with chances few and far between for either side.

Half chances from Lynden Gooch and Alex Rodman were the highlight of Gateshead’s first 45 minutes, with nothing clear cut being created.

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Braintree didn’t register any shots on target and the teams went in at half time 0-0.

Braintree came out in the second half with a more attacking approach with Akinola playing a neat one-two with Mensah before smashing a right-footed effort against the crossbar.

The game’s defining moment came just in the 69th minute, as the lively Mensah was chopped down by left-back Matty Pattison. It was a momentary lapse for Pattison, who was one of Gateshead’s best performers on the day.

Davis stepped up to score the penalty, sending Adam Bartlett the wrong way.

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Gary Mills then made a triple substitution, bringing on Kevin Sainte-Luce, Adam Campbell and Jon Shaw, but the heed struggled again to create any chances, relying on long balls into the box in the hope of the strikers getting onto the knockdowns.

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Braintree deserved their win in the end, pretty much cementing their Conference status for another season, whilst Gateshead will hope other teams around them start to slip up, otherwise their promotion hopes will fade quickly.

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Southport 0-1 Gateshead

Southport 0-1 Gateshead
Vanarama Conference
31st January 2015

Gateshead saw off a spirited Southport team to earn a vital three points and carry on the current unbeaten run. The win sees them climb to 11th in the table, but only three points off the playoff spots, whilst Southport edge closer to the relegation places.

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Gateshead started with a very intense pace and meaning to their game and the early pressure was rewarded when Rob Ramshaw saw an initial effort blocked, but the follow up strike was superb, curling a right foot shot from the left side of the box right into the far corner of the goal. It was nothing more than the visitors deserved.

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Southport nearly equalised later in the half when James Curtis cleared an Andy Parry effort off the line. The hosts were well in the game at this point and had many corners from which they were unable to take advantage from. If they were to score, it was set pieces that could be the door opener for them, having seen them defeat Woking back in December with a dominant display in the air from this Southport team. HT 0-1.

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The second half saw Southport have the majority of possession. However, they created very little from it. Their best chance produced a magnificent save from goalkeeper Adam Bartlett, after he tipped a Joyce effort around the post.

Given Gateshead’s lack of possession, it was they who created the better chances. Roberts had an excellent chance when he cut in from the right and fired across goal, only to see his effort deflected wide.

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Following that, Adam Campbell had a great chance for 0-2, but saw his 18 yard effort go agonisingly over the bar having just leaned back a little too much. An effort the on loan Newcastle striker would’ve been disappointed not to score from.

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But The Heed managed to see the game out for a 0-1 win, keeping their promotion dreams alive with a game or two in hand on the teams above them. Next they host Wrexham at home in a replay of the FA Trophy match, with an away tie awaiting in the quarter finals for the victor.

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Nuneaton 0-2 Gateshead

Nuneaton 0-2 Gateshead
Vanarama Conference
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Gateshead 2-2 Halifax Town

Gateshead FC 2-2 Halifax Town FC
Vanarama Conference
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.

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Gateshead vs Halifax – first half

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.

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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.

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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.

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Halifax celebration 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.

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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.

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Danny Wright penalty 2-2

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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.

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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.

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Gateshead attack from corner