Ebbsfleet boost play-off hopes with comfortable victory at Gateshead

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Gateshead 2-5 Ebbsfleet United

Johnson 45+1, 66  Kedwell 33 pen, 61,71 Coulson 74 Powell 83

Ebbsfleet United earned an important win with a 5-2 victory over Gateshead at the International Stadium this evening.

Danny Kedwell got a hat-trick for the visitors, and his goals were supplemented by goals from Luke Coulson and Jake Powell.

Gateshead top scorer Danny Johnson scored both goals for the hosts.

Both sides came into the game with completely different mindsets. With two games left, it was a meaningless game for mid-table Gateshead but for Ebbsfleet it really mattered as a win would take them into the play-off spots.

It was a fairly even start to the game, and the best chance of the first half hour came to the hosts when Wes York made a brilliant run on the right hand side and he put a good ball in-towards Patrick McLaughlin but his shot was blocked.

The tide of the game changed dramatically in the 33rd minute however, as Ebbsfleet were awarded a penalty after keeper James Montgomery was alleged to have brought Coulson down in the box.

Former Gillingham striker Kedwell stepped up and his penalty was poor but he still put his side in front as it came off the post and in.

Gateshead got an equaliser at the best possible time however, as Johnson scored a rebound after McLaughlin’s effort was parried in the first minute of added time.

15 minutes into the second half, Ebbsfleet were in front again as Kedwell got the ball in space on the right and fired it into the bottom-left corner.

Gateshead equalised once again however five minutes later, when Johnson scored another rebound following a McLaughlin strike.

Another five minutes later, it was 3-2 to the visitors as Kedwell smashed the ball into the bottom left corner following a great corner along the ground from Powell.

Ebbsfleet added a fourth with ease in the 74th minute when Coulson got the ball in plenty of space and he was able to curl the ball excellently into the top-right corner.

The impressive Powell put the icing on the cake in the 83rd minute when his powerful effort was tipped onto the crossbar by Montgomery but he was there to head home the rebound.

The result means Ebbsfleet move up to 5th in the National League table.

Gateshead: Montgomery, Vassell, Kerr, Mellish, Barrow, McLaughlin, Penn, Preston, York (Burrow 75), Peniket (Langstaff 81), Johnson.

Booked: Montgomery and Mellish.

Subs not used: Hanford, Byrne and Greenwood.

Ebbsfleet Town: Ashmore, Bush, Winfield, Clark, Wilson, Rance, Drury, Whitely (Weston 63), Coulson, Powell (Wabo 87), Kedwell.

Subs not used: McCoy, Connors and Miles.

Attendance: 411 (44 away)



Late Blissett goal sinks Gateshead as Macclesfield take up top spot in National League

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Macclesfield Town 1-0 Gateshead
Blissett 89
A late goal from Nathan Blissett ensured Macclesfield Town got a 1-0 win over Gateshead in the National League this evening.
Promotion-chasing Macclesfield came into today’s game knowing that a win would mean they would overtake Sutton United and go top, while the Heed were searching for a lift after being knocked out of the FA Trophy on Saturday.
The hosts started the game lively and just two minutes in Tyrone Marsh’s volley on the end of Elliott Durrell’s impressive cross was tipped over by James Montgomery.
Marsh came close again three minutes later when he got the ball in space on the right but his effort went just wide.
Macclesfield’s next chance came in the 22nd minute when Blissett’s shot was cleared off the line by Russell Penn.
Gateshead’s first real chance came ten minutes later when Danny Johnson’s close range volley from a corner was saved by Shwan Jalal.
Macclesfield had another chance to score just two minutes from half time when Gateshead’s Richard Peniket gifted the ball to Jared Hodgkiss and the full back fired wide.
The hosts came very close again in the 52nd minute when Marsh’s shot was saved without being held by Montgomery before Danny Whitaker’s effort was cleared off the line and then he fired over.
Mitch Hancox then came very close for the Silkmen in the 78th minute when his long range effort was pushed wide.
Macclesfield got their long-awaited goal in the 89th minute when the ball bounced off Blissett following a good cross to beat Montgomery after a mix up between him and his defence.
The win means Macclesfield are now top of the National League.
Macclesfield: Jalal, Hodgkiss, Pilkington, Lowe, Fitzpatrick, Whitehead, Whitaker, Durrell (Evans 37), Marsh (Wilson 82), Hancox, Blissett.
Booked: Hodgkiss
Subs not used: Ramsbottom, Kennedy and Burgess.
Gateshead: Montgomery, Preston (York 70), Byrne, Fyfield, Kerr, Barrow, McLaughlin, Penn, Johnson (Green 62), Peniket, Burrow.
Subs not used: Vassell, McNall and Hanford (GK).
Attendance: 1,537 (18 away)

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)

Gateshead reach FA Trophy semi-finals with Leyton Orient victory

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Gateshead 3-2 Leyton Orient

Johnson 2,16 pen  Brophy 53

Peniket 80      Mooney 70

Gateshead progressed to the semi-finals of the FA Trophy tonight with a 3-2 victory over Leyton Orient at the Gateshead International Stadium.

A first half brace from Danny Johnson put the hosts two goals up early on, before second-half goals from James Brophy and Dave Mooney put Orient back on level terms.

The Heed got a winner 10 minutes from time through Richard Peniket.

Peniket got the final goal in added time in the previous game in which Steve Watson’s side came from 3-0 down at Brisbane Road to draw 3-3 and make today’s game necessary.

Watson made two changes from that side with Jamal Fyfield and Johnson coming in for Theo Vassell and Jordan Burrow, while Justin Edinburgh made three changes to the Leyton Orient side that lost 1-0 at Dover on Saturday.

Gateshead made the dream start to the game as Wes York put in a great ball from the right and Johnson volleyed home at the far post from close range just two minutes in.

Five minutes later the hosts came close again when Scott Barrow met York’s cross and his powerful effort was flicked onto the post by the legs of keeper Dean Brill.

The Heed continued to threaten and in the 16th minute they were awarded a penalty when Dan Happe brought down York in the box. Johnson stepped up and buried the ball in the bottom-left corner to double his side’s lead.

Leyton Orient did look to be getting back into the game however, and just before half time Mooney’s close range header on the end of Josh Koroma’s cross was saved to the right by James Montgomery.

Orient looked much the better side in the second half and they got a goal back in the 53rd minute when the ball fell to Brophy on the edge of the box and his well-driven shot beat Montgomery in the bottom-left corner.

The visitors equalised 17 minutes later when Mooney headed home from close range on the end of an impressive free kick.

Extra time did look to be looming, but the game took a further twist in the 80th minute when substitute Burrow’s shot was saved and Peniket netted the rebound from close range.

Happe nearly took the game to extra time in the 90th minute but his header went just wide, meaning Gateshead will face Spennymoor Town or Bromley in the semi-finals of the FA Trophy.

Gateshead: Montgomery, York (Vassell 86), Fyfield, Byrne (c), Kerr, Barrow, Penn, McLaughlin, Preston (Burrow 72), Peniket, Johnson.

Booked: Barrow and York

Subs not used: Hanford, McNall and Greenwood.

Leyton Orient: Brill, Caprice, Coulson (c), Happe (Sotiriou 90), Widowson, Adams, Reynolds (Harrold 82), Koroma, Brophy, Mooney, Bonne.

Booked: Widdowson and Mooney

Subs not used: Grainger and Clayden

Attendance: 684 (125 away)



Gateshead book place in FA Trophy Quarter Finals with Maidstone win

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Gateshead 3-0 Maidstone United

Byrne 15

McLaughlin 72

Peniket 85

Gateshead booked their place in the Quarter Final of the FA Trophy tonight as they beat Maidstone United 3-0 at the International Stadium.

Maidstone forward Jamar Loza missed a penalty early on, shortly before Neill Byrne put the Heed in front.

Goals from Patrick McLaughlin and Richard Peniket in the second half put the game to bed, and Steve Watson’s side will travel to Leyton Orient in the next round.

It was the third time the two sides had clashed in the last 10 days, with the most recent game coming on Saturday where the sides drew 2-2 at Maidstone to trigger today’s replay.

Maidstone started well and had a golden opportunity to take the lead when they were awarded a penalty in the 11th minute after Seth Nana Twumasi was brought down by keeper James Montgomery.

Loza stepped up, and his effort brought a great save from Montgomery to the left.

Four minutes later, Gateshead were in front when Byrne fired home at the far post following Wes York’s brilliant free kick into the box.

Maidstone came close in the 29th minute when Loza cut in on the left but his shot was pushed away by Montgomery.

Six minutes into the second half, Delano Sam-Yorke had a shot parried to the left from close-range for the visitors and Joe Anderson failed to put away the rebound.

Gateshead doubled their lead in the 72nd minute when McLaughlin found the ball in space and made a great run forward before burying it past Lee Worgan in the bottom-left corner.

Maidstone came close in the 85th minute when substitute Johan ter Horst’s close-range effort was saved shortly before Peniket at the other end got the ball and slotted the ball past Worgan to score the winning goal for the hosts.

Up next for Gateshead is AFC Fylde at home in the National League while Maidstone travel to Bromley on Saturday.

Gateshead: Montgomery, Kerr, Byrne, Fyfield, Barrow (Williams 82), York, Penn, McLaughlin, Greenwood (Preston 55), Peniket, McNall (Burrow 64).

Booked: Montgomery and Kerr

Subs not used: MacLeod and Johnson.

Maidstone United: Worgan, Hare, Okuonghae, Wynter, Twumasi, Lewis, Reason, Anderson, Loza (Paxman 58), Sam-Yorke (ter Horst 72), Coker (Osei 77).

Booked: Wynter, Sam-Yorke, Reason

Subs not used: Muldoon and Capel.

Attendance: 338 (21 away)


Gateshead and Woking share points in National League clash


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Gateshead 1-1 Woking

Fox 80             Grego-Cox 51

Gateshead and Woking shared the points on Tuesday night with a 1-1 draw in the National League at the Gateshead International Stadium.

Republic of Ireland under-21 international Reece Grego-Cox took the lead for Woking early in the second half but it was cancelled out by Burton loanee Ben Fox ten minutes from time.

The two sides came into the game neck and neck in the National League table, with Gateshead in 15th and Woking 16th, but the hosts had two games in hand on the Surrey side.

Gateshead manager Steve Watson named an unchanged side following the 3-1 win at Chester City on Saturday, while full-back Matt Young was preferred to Fabio Saraiva in the Woking side.

It was an uneventful start to the game, and the first real chance didn’t come until the 24th minute when Woking’s Grego-Cox put in a good ball from the right but Jonathan Edwards couldn’t quite meet the cross at the far post.

The visitors then came close at the end of the first half when they had numerous shots blocked before Charlie Carter hit the ball over the bar.

Woking made a great start to the second half, taking the lead just six minutes in. Following good work on the right, Grego-Cox latched onto a good ball and his shot came off the post before beating Dan Hanford.

Gateshead put the foot on the gas more following the goal, and they came close ten minutes later when Scott Barrow’s impressive ball forced a risky clearance from Joey Jones that went just wide of his own goal.

The hosts then equalised in the 80th minute when the ball fell in space to new midfielder Fox who blasted his shot in the bottom-right corner to beat Nathan Baxter.

Steve Watson’s side then looked favourites to grab a win, and nearly did so in the 82nd minute when Barrow’s shot from the left forced a great save from Baxter to the right.

Gateshead failed to threaten after that however and the two sides shared the points.

Gateshead: Hanford, Vassell (Kerr 54), Fyfield, Byrne, Barrow, Penn, McLaughlin, Fox, York, Preston (McNall 54), Burrow.

Booked: Byrne

Subs not used: O’Donnell, Bell, MacLeod (GK)

Woking: Baxter, Young, Staunton, Jones, Ramsay (Stojsavljevic 85), Isaac (Appau 87), Ferdinand, Grego-Cox (Banton 89), Carter, Cook, Edwards.

Booked: Ferdinand

Subs not used: Saraiva, Mason (GK)

Attendance: 470 (14 away)

2-1 defeat sees Gateshead end unbeaten run

Gateshead v Barrow

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Gateshead 1-2 Barrow 

York 43            Harrison 33 Panayiotou 53

Gateshead ended their five game unbeaten run with a 2-1 defeat against strugglers Barrow in the National League yesterday evening (Tuesday 21 November).

Byron Harrison put the visitors in front 33 minutes in before his goal was cancelled out by Wes York ten minutes later.

Harry Panayiotou got the winning goal for Barrow eight minutes into the second half, ensuring the 67 travelling fans went home happy.

The hosts came into this game off the back of a 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers which manager Steve Watson described as a game in which his side weren’t at their best, despite the result.

Barrow on the other hand came looking to grab another win following their 2-0 victory at Eastleigh on Saturday.

The game was very end to end to begin with, and Gateshead had the first chance when Luke Maxwell’s 14th minute effort was blocked by Jimmy Dunne.

The Heed’s defence lacked urgency at times, enabling Adi Yussuf to force keeper Dan Hanford into a great save ten minutes later.

Gateshead came very close in the 30th minute when Scott Barrow launched a pinpoint cross to Jordan Burrow but his header went just wide.

Barrow then took the lead shortly after when a great ball was played to Harrison on the right and he slotted the ball into the bottom-left corner after a good run.

Burrow came close for Gateshead in the 40th minute when his header on the end of Robbie Tinkler’s ball hit the post, and three minutes later his side equalised when Luke Hannant played a great ball to York and he beat the keeper from close range in a similar fashion to Harrison.

Yussuf nearly put Barrow back in front when his header from a corner hit the post three minutes into the second half, and Hannant then hit the post for the hosts two minutes later with a well-driven long range effort.

In the 58th minute, Barrow were in front again as Panayiotou fired the ball into the top-left corner from around 25 yards.

The visitors controlled the game following his excellent strike, and almost doubled their lead in the 76th minute when Bedsente Gomis’ long-range effort was pushed wide by Hanford.

Gateshead got a free kick in a threatening position five minutes into added time, but Danny Johnson’s effort went over and that was the final kick of the game.

Gateshead: Hanford, Tinkler, Byrne, Fyfield, Barrow (O’Donnell 87), Hannant, Maxwell (Penn 63), McLaughlin, Johnson, York (Peniket 73), Burrow.

Booked: Tinkler

Subs not used: Montgomery and Vassell

Barrow: Moore, Bignot, Diarra, Dunne, Diagne, Panayiotou, Hall, Gomis, Bauress (Makoma 84), Harrison (Holt 79), Yussuf (White 67).

Booked: Diarra

Subs not used: Dixon and Clements

Attendance: 663 (67 away)