December 14, 2014
GATESHEAD LAST TIME OUT
(Match Report adapted from the Gateshead FC Official Site with thanks.)
GATESHEAD FC 2. v. 0. HALESOWEN TOWN
GOALS from forwards Danny Wright and Lewis Guy sent Gateshead into the Second Round of the FA Trophy with victory against Halesowen Town.
The Heed took their time to get going against the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League side – who more than matched their hosts for the opening half-hour.
Indeed, it was the Yeltz who created the first half-chance of the game – as Joel Kettle nodded Thomas Tonks’ long-throw wide of the post.
But the two sides largely cancelled each other out in a listless opening third – with Gateshead’s only attempt on goal coming courtesy of James Curtis on 14 minutes, as the defender headed John Oster’s corner over the crossbar.
However, out of nothing, the Heed drew first blood with eight minutes of the first-half remaining.
Guy did admirably to hold the ball up for Craig Baxter, and the right-back delivered a looping cross into the area which Wright rose to glance home.
(Danny Wright, scorer of the Heed’s first goal with a glancing header in the 37th minute.)
Gateshead began the second-half with far more purpose, and almost doubled their lead within seconds of the restart.
Wright pounced on some hesitancy in the Halesowen midfield, and drove on before threading the ball through for Alex Rodman, who saw his low effort blocked by the Yeltz’s Joseph Hull.
The visitors’ best chance all afternoon fell to Ben Haseley on 51 minutes.
(Gary Mills, the manager of Gateshead since September 2013, has now managed 7 different clubs.)
The forward cut in from the left and found himself with a couple of yards of space just inside the area, but his bending effort was parried by the Heed’s Adam Bartlett before it could nestle in the far corner.
And the Yeltz were left to rue that miss shortly afterwards – as Gateshead effectively put the tie to bed on the hour-mark.
Rodman’s searching cross was flicked on to the post by substitute Rob Ramshaw, but Guy was quickest to pounce on the loose ball, and drilled into the far corner from six yards.
(Lewis Guy was the scorer of the second goal that effectively killed off the game.)
The Heed almost added to their lead on 72 minutes, as Phil Turnbull picked up the ball 20 yards out, but cleared the crossbar with a powerful effort.
Although clear-cut chances were few and far between all afternoon, the Yeltz never looked like throwing in the towel.
They continued to launch the sporadic attack, and almost halved the deficit with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining.
After the Tynesiders could only half-clear a corner, the ball dropped to the feet of Daniel Bragoli 20 yards out, and the midfielder fired narrowly over the crossbar with a stinging drive.
But Gateshead were always in command of the game after establishing their two-goal lead – and can look forward to Monday’s Second Round draw.
Gateshead: Bartlett, Curtis, Clark, Oster (Rankine, 86), Turnbull, Shaw (Ramshaw, 56), Guy (Chandler, 71), Baxter, O’Donnell, Rodman, Wright.
Goalscorers: Wright (37), Guy (60).
Halesowen Town: Sargeant, Green, Griffiths, Forde (Mackenzie, 68), Hull, Tilt, Kettle, Tonks, Christie (Thompson-Brown, 30), Haseley, Bragoli.
Referee: Joseph Johnson