Gateshead, for the second week running, gave up valuable points in the Unibond league, this time to Lincoln City.
Gateshead were comfortably ahead 3-1 at Lincoln, with just 12 minutes left, yet conceded two goals in injury time and had to settle for a point.
Thatâ€™s 2 points lost following their first league defeat 2-1 at lowly placed Ilkeston Town last week
Gatehead Football Team – on their way back to the Football League!
Lincoln striker Simon Bird reduced the arrears and then claimed the equalizer fully two minutes into injury time. Frustration obviously set in when Gateshead midfielder Steve Salvin was sent off two minutes later for violent conduct. Salvin’s red card will bring him a three-match ban in two weeks.
Gateshead have now conceded 8 goals in their last 3 UniBond games and it is an area that has to be improved quickly so they donâ€™t lose contact with the leaders. Gateshead are now placed 4th top 6 points behind Whitton Albion but with 2 game in hand.
Here’s the latest standings in the Unibond Premier League.
Gatehead manager Ian Bogie was pleased with most of a much-improved performance â€“ his side just cannot throw points like this away when they should have easily had the win locked up.
Bogie said after the game:
“We scored three goals away from home and hit the bar twice in what was a really good performance â€“ but then threw away two points.”
“We conceded an awful early goal but then dominated. We murdered Lincoln until suicidal, schoolboy defending and naivety enabled them to pinch a draw.â€
“I expect a lot more defensively and their late equalizer came from our own corner.â€ “Instead of killing the game stone dead, we were trying to make it 4-1 or 5-1 and paid the price.”
Manager Bogie will be looking for his side to reclaim their winning ways tomorrow night in a top 6 game Yorkshire side Ossett Town at the International Stadium. On-loan goalkeeper Allison will have an extended run in the side after regular goalkeeper Peter Keen broke a bone in his hand.
Gateshead’s mission is to get back into the Football league within 5 years. We fully support them in that goal.
Their home game tomorrow night is against Ossett Town, and is a 17:45 pm kick off at the International Stadium. I’m sure the lads would love the support – how about going along to the game and supporting the team?
We are going to follow the team each week on their way back to the Football league, which they were voted out of in 1960. A time some of us remember well – the next year Newcastle were relegated to the old division 2.
You can follow Gateshead on two very good and important web-sites
Comments always welcome on Gatesheadâ€™s fortunes.