Gateshead had two good results last week after suffering a rare two defeats in a row.
Yesterday Gateshead progressed to the next round of the FA trophy after a 2-1 victory over Shepshed Dynamo at the International Stadium.
On Wednesday they went second top of the Unibond Premier League with a hard fought 1-0 win at home to Ossett Town.
Gateshead get through to next round of FA Trophy yesterday
Manager Ian Bogie made some changes from the side that secured a 1-0 victory against Ossett Town on Wednesday night with Phil Cave, Jamie Harwood and Davey Southern making way for Talbot, Robson and Thompson in a 3-5-2 formation.
17 minutes into the game and the home side went in front when new recruit and former Newcastle player Kris Gate fired home his first goal for the club from six yards. But Gateshead’s lead lasted just four minutes when Shepshed Dynamo hit back when Matt Hill headed across goal and Tommy Leighton guided the ball into the net to make it -1-1.
In the second half Gateshead took the lead again when a through ball by former Newcastle man Jamie McClen found Robson, who was brought down for a penalty. Paul Thompson made no mistake from the resulting spot kick and Gateshead were ahead 2-1. In injury time, for the second time in three games, Gateshead had a man sent off when Southern received a straight red card for dissent.
On Wednesday evening a goal in injury time from striker Graeme Armstrong gave Gateshead a fortunate 1-0 win over Ossett Town. The win took Gateshead to second in the UniBond Premier Division 6 points behind leaders Witton Albion but with 2 games in hand.
The Tyneside club created lots of opportunities at the International Stadium, but Ossett defended resolutely and had a chance to win the game when Walshaw hit the post eight minutes from time. Graeme Armstrong finally hit the winner with a nice header into the bottom corner in injury time. Gateshead have made a great start in the Unibond Premier Division winning 8 and drawing 2 of their first 11 games and are well placed at second top.
But straight talking manager Bogie was not too pleased with the performance on Wednesday night, and thought his side lucky to get anything out of the game.
“It was a scrappy, below-par display. Ossett outplayed us for the majority of the game and did not deserve to lose at the death.”
“We created the better chances but there was not enough zip, we did not dominate and our reactions were slow with one or two players feeling sorry for themselves.”
“Under the circumstances I am delighted with the win and a clean sheet and central defenders James Curtis and Richard Flynn were both commanding.”
While Gateshead have not played well these last 2 games they have won â€“ which is always the sign of a good team.
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