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)


Hartlepool United win for first time since November with 3-2 defeat of Woking

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Hartlepool United 3-2 Woking

Rodney 19                    Grego-Cox 85

Cassidy 34                    Edwards 90+4

Oates 43

Hartlepool United won for the first time since November with a 3-2 defeat over Woking in the National League at Victoria Park today.

Goals from Devante Rodney, Jake Cassidy and Rhys Oates put Pools 3-0 up at half time, and Woking got it back to 3-2 with late goals from Reece Grego-Cox and Jonathan Edwards but it was too late to complete their comeback.

Hartlepool started the game the better side, but it was Woking who had the first notable chance 13 minutes in as poor defending by Scott Harrison allowed Anthony Cook to go through on goal only for his close-range effort to be kept out by Scott Loach to the right.

Six minutes later, Pools were in front as Woking failed to clear away a cross and the ball fell to Rodney who smashed it home despite the keeper getting a touch to it on its way in.

In the 33rd minute Woking captain Richard Orlu nearly put the ball in his own net, and moments later Hartlepool doubled their lead after more poor defending from the visitors allowed Cassidy to turn past the defender and fire the ball into the top-right corner.

Ten minutes later, the hosts extended their lead when Luke George’s impressive ball forward was headed home by Oates, who beat the keeper to it.

The visitors nearly got a goal back on the brink of half time when Nathan Ralph’s free kick made it over the wall and was just kept out by Loach.

Woking came close again eight minutes into the second half when Grego-Cox headed just wide on the end of Charlie Carter’s cross.

At the other end almost immediately afterwards, Cassidy found himself through on goal and his shot was pushed over by keeper Nathan Baxter.

Five minutes from time, Woking got a goal back. Poor defending from Hartlepool meant that Grego-Cox fired home in a similar fashion to Rodney in the first half.

In the fourth minute of added time, the visitors got a second when Edwards headed home from close-range following a good free kick into the box.

It was too late for Woking to mount a comeback however, meaning Hartlepool fans went home happy for the first time in a while.

Hartlepool United: Loach (c), George (Hawkins 85), Harrison, Laing, Adams, Featherstone, Woods, Newton, Rodney, Cassidy, Oates (Hawkes 90+2).

Booked: Laing and Featherstone

Subs not used: Pritchard, Catterick and Owen.

Woking: Baxter, Young, Ralph, Staunton, Orlu (c), Lathrope (Jones 57), Ferdinand (Isaac 73), Carter, Banton (Edwards 66), Cook, Grego-Cox.

Booked: Cook

Subs not used: Saraiva and Appau.

Attendance: 3,018 (85 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)