Saturday, January 13, 2007

Gateshead 5 Grantham 2

Gateshead made it five games unbeaten with a great 5-2 win over Unibond bottom team Grantham town.

Gateshead didn't start the game very well, and poor communication lead to Grantham taking the lead early stages in the first half.

Grantham had much the better on the first half, keeping Gateshead in their own half and forcing error from Gatesheads midfield.

Davie "Chicken legs" Southern got Gateshead level with five minutes remaining in the first half with a great finish from 15 yards.

Soon after the leveller Craig "Nelly" Nelthrope's free kick put Gateshead 2-1 up at half time.

Straight after the break Jamie Harwood made it 3-1 to Gateshead, Harwood must have found some confidence with this goal as he went on to grab a Hat-track scoring two other well worked goals.

Gateshead started to relax and let Grantham get a consolation goal in the late stages of the game.

5-2 at home is a great result and the lads showed true grit to ride out early pressure in the first half.

Line up and ratings:

Davison 7 (debut)
Wasn't tested that much, but did his job well

Baxter 7
Got forward well, but wind didn't help anybody

Mason 6
Struggled to fill Talbots boots

Curtis 7
Should have cleared opening goal

Baker 7 (Captain)
Didnt lead from the back

Harwood 9
Hat-trick Hero
The Heed Army Blog Man of the Match

Salvin 7
Played well in the winds

Hughes 8
Midfield marvel

Nelthorpe 8
Took his goal very well

Thompson 7
Was never gonna get a his head on the ball in the winds

Southern 8
21st goal of the season, becoming a legend

Talbot (not used)

Byrne 6
Never showed anything

Clark 7
Showed more in this sub appearance than any other outing in a heed shirt, looks very promising!!

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