Gateshead and Kidderminster share points in blustery goalless draw

Gateshead 0-0 Kidderminster

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Gateshead 0-0 Kidderminster Harriers

Gateshead and Kidderminster Harriers shared the points in a goalless draw today at the Gateshead International Stadium in blustery conditions.

Gateshead made three changes to the side that beat Curzon Ashton last week with Ruairi Keating, Liam Agnew and Elliot Forbes coming in for Mitchell Curry, Dominic Tear and Connor Oliver.

Mike Williamson’s side didn’t have much luck in the first half losing Forbes and Scott Barrow to injury.

They started the game the better side, and came close in the 15th minute when Greg Olley sliced just wide at the far post on the end of a good ball from Barrow.

Olley came close again in the 27th minute when his effort was pushed wide following good work by substitute Dominic Tear on the right-hand side.

Five minutes later, Kidderminster ‘keeper Will Mannion had to be at his very best as he saved thumping efforts from Jordan Preston and Olley before Barrow struck the ball over the bar.

The visitors looked better in the second half, and really should’ve scored in the 65th minute when Cliff Moyo received the ball out wide in space and he could only hit it over the bar.

Just over 10 minutes later, Kidderminster’s Ashley Hemmings had a shot pushed wide by Gateshead ‘keeper Brad James.

The Heed piled on the pressure towards the death, with Keating making a good run forward before Nicky Deverdics’ shot was stopped in its tracks by Rhys Williams.

In the final minute of normal time, substitute JJ O’Donnell came incredibly close when Deverdics put a good ball across goal to the winger but he couldn’t quite connect with the cross.

Gateshead are back in action on Monday as they travel to Gloucester City while Kidderminster face York City at home next Saturday.

Gateshead: James, Nicholson, Williamson, Cooper, Forbes (Tear 20), Barrow (O’Donnell 32), Olley, Deverdics, Agnew, Preston, Keating.

Booked: Williamson, Olley and Barrow.

Subs not used: Curry, Guthrie (GK) and Oliver.

Kidderminster Harriers: Mannion, Williams, Johnson, Lowe, Butterfield, Shenton (Williams 60), Prosser, Moyo, Austin (Davidson 90+1), Hemmings, Chambers (Samuels 80).

Booked: Johnson

Subs not used: Freemantle and Palmer (GK).

Attendance: 1,075 (63 away)



Gateshead put three past Curzon Ashton in comfortable win

Gateshead v Curzon Ashton

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Gateshead 3-0 Curzon Ashton

O’Donnell 2

Tear 40

Oliver 86

Gateshead secured a comfortable victory over Curzon Ashton last night at the Gateshead International Stadium in the National League North.

Goals from JJ O’Donnell, Dom Tear and Connor Oliver separated the two sides.

The Heed started the game brightly and came incredibly close two minutes in when Jordan Preston’s header was tipped over the bar by ‘keeper Cameron Mason.

O’Donnell then headed home the resultant corner from close range to put the hosts in front.

Curzon Ashton came close 15 minutes later when Sean Miller’s header was cleared off the line by Michael Nelson, but that was the closest they got all game.

Gateshead doubled their lead in the 40th minute when Preston’s shot was saved and Tear put away the rebound.

Four minutes later it was very nearly 3-0 but O’Donnell headed just wide of the mark on the end of a good ball from the right.

Chances were few and far between after that until in the 76th minute when Matthew Regan headed just wide on the end of a good cross for the visitors.

Gateshead put the game to bed 10 minutes later when Oliver put the ball onto his left foot and fired the ball into the bottom left corner from long range.

Curzon Ashton nearly had a consolation in the second minute of added time when substitute Luke Merrill’s shot went just over the bar.

Up next for Gateshead is Oldham Athletic at home in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Gateshead: James, Nicholson, Lees, Nelson, Barrow, Oliver (Forbes 88), Deverdics, Tear, Olley, O’Donnell (Agnew 72), Preston (Kayode 72).

Subs not used: Blackett and Guthrie.

Curzon Ashton: Mason, Baillie, Halls, Regan, Davies, Wroe (Saunders 83), Calveley, Trickett-Smith (Smith 58), Banigme (Merrill 58), Sinclair, Miller.

Booked: Halls

Subs not used: Askew and Shaw.

Attendance: 707


English own-goal secures Blyth win

Blyth Spartans

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Blyth Spartans 1-0 Leamington

English og 20

Blyth Spartans edged a scrappy game with a 1-0 win at home to Leamington in the National League North today at Croft Park.

Junior English’s 20th minute own goal separated the two sides.

Blyth came into this game off the back of a 4-0 defeat at Bradford Park Avenue, but sitting in 5th place, while 17th place Leamington came into the game in good form having lost just once in their last eight games.

Leamington started the game well, looking a real threat from set pieces.

Their first corner five minutes in caused real problems, as the home side failed to clear their lines and as a result Liam Canavan’s close-range effort was forced round the post by keeper Peter Jameson.

Just seven minutes later another Leamington corner caused problems for the Blyth defence, and the ball fell to Rob Thompson-Brown – whose volley went just wide.

Blyth slowly got into the game though and took the lead when captain Robert Dale’s run ensured a quick throw-in, and his cross was turned into his own net by Leamington defender English.

Dale then came close for the hosts in the 27th minute when a well-driven shot from long-range went just over the bar.

The winger later had a shot blocked by the hands of keeper Tony Breeden ten minutes later after a great run on the left-hand side.

Leamington came close just before half-time when Kaine Felix’s cross was headed over by James Mace.

Chances were few and far between however in the second-half.

The only real chance of the half came in the 72nd when Leamington’s Thompson-Brown made a good run on the left only for his effort to go over the bar.

Visiting keeper Breeden came up for a corner shortly before the end, but it came to nothing and the final whistle came soon after.

Blyth’s win sees them cement their place in the National League North play-offs while Leamington now have two straight defeats and remain in 17th.

Blyth Spartans: Jameson, Atkinson, Buddle, Hutchinson, Liddle, Reid, Mullen, Rivers, Hopson (McTiernan 72), Dale(c), Wrightson (Rutherford 85).

Booked: Liddle

Subs not used: Watson, Cartwright and MacDonald (GK).

Leamington: Breeden, Mace (Taundry 63), English, Hood, Gudger, Felix, Clarke, Gittings, Thompson-Brown, Canavan (Obeng 79), Revan (Bishop 63).

Booked: Taundry, Gittings, Hood and Gudger.

Subs not used: Magunda and Moore.

Attendance: 841