Johnson scores 20 minute hat-trick as Gateshead put seven past Maidenhead

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Gateshead 7-1 Maidenhead United

Peniket 22       Hyde 25

Fyfield 27

Johnson 59,76,79

McLaughlin 81

Burrow 90

Gateshead thrashed Maidenhead United 7-1 in a dominant performance at the Gateshead International Stadium in the National League today.

Richard Peniket took the lead early in the first half before Jake Hyde equalised but Jamal Fyfield regained the lead moments later.

The Heed scored five goals in the second half, coming from Danny Johnson (3), Patrick McLaughlin and Jordan Burrow.

Gateshead made two changes from the side that beat Leyton Orient 3-2 to reach the FA Trophy semi-finals on Tuesday, with Ben Fox and Rees Greenwood coming in for Jordan Preston and Russell Penn.

Maidenhead on the other hand were playing their first game in two weeks, but were in fairly good form having won two of their last three games.

It was a fairly quiet start to the game, with the only real chance coming in the 16th minute when Scott Barrow put a good ball through to Johnson for the hosts and he fired wide.

The game livened up however six minutes later when Gateshead took the lead through Peniket. McLaughlin put a good ball through to the striker who fired home at the far post.

Maidenhead equalised moments later however when Hyde’s one-on-one effort was saved by James Montgomery, but the Gateshead defence failed to clear their lines and Hyde headed home on the end of Harry Pritchard’s impressive cross from the right.

The hosts regained the lead just two minutes later from an unlikely source. Peniket’s header on the end of McLaughlin’s corner was well saved before Fyfield scored the rebound at the far post.

The visitors came close three minutes into the second half when Sam Barratt got away from his man and his long-range effort was saved by Montgomery.

It was all Gateshead after this however. They got a third in the 59th minute when Barrow made a good run on the left before Greenwood turned and gave the ball to Johnson who fired home from close range.

Johnson had his second goal roughly fifteen minutes later when McLaughlin’s cracking corner bounced off Peniket and then the former Cardiff man to make it 4-1.

Johnson then got his hat-trick in the 79th minute when substitute Burrow played a great ball through to him and he put the ball through the keeper’s legs one-on-one.

Gateshead had a sixth goal when Johnson teed up McLaughlin who buried the ball past keeper Carl Pentney in the bottom-left corner.

Burrow capped off a remarkable afternoon for Steve Watson’s side in the 90th minute, latching onto a good ball from Peniket and firing home at the far post.

The result means Gateshead move up to 12th in the National League table ahead of their next game at home to Solihull Moors on Tuesday.

Gateshead: Montgomery, York (Preston 68), Kerr, Byrne (c) (Vassell 77), Fyfield, Barrow, Fox, McLaughlin, Greenwood (Burrow 73), Peniket, Johnson.

Subs not used: McNall and Hanford (GK).

Maidenhead United: Pentney, Clerima, Goodman (Osho 61), Massey, Kilman, Pritchard, Odametey, Upward (Smith 80), Barratt (Owsu 65), Hyde, Clifton.

Booked: Odametey

Subs not used: Emmanuel and Marks.

Attendance: 581 (70 away)

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