Saturday, October 06, 2007

Gateshead 1 Ilkeston 2

Gateshead lost in the UniBond League for the first time since march this year, also the Tynesiders missed the chance to go top of the league.

The Heed took the lead when
Wayne Phillips (pictured below) tapped home a great cross from the right wing.

A missed penalty from
Jamie Harwood dinted the Heeds spirits in the first half, Gateshead got the penalty after Steve Bowey was judged to have been fouled in the box and needed treatment.

Ilkeston also got a penalty in the first half after
Peter Keen was judged to brought down the Ilkeston forward in the six yard box. They converted the penalty with ease Beating keen to his right.

After the break
Gateshead struggled to break down the Ilkeston back line who where sitting very deep.

Craig Baxter and Phil Cave did exceptionally well down the right and left wings respectively, considering they was making up for the work that had lacked form both Wayne Phillips and Jamie Harwood in front of them.

Phillips lack of drive was for all to see when he called for a penalty against the Ilkeston defender, no harm in doing so but when the ball was still in play in the Ilkeston box and at his feet, why shout? Play to the whistle!!

Phillips was not alone in the taxi cue, Armstrong , Southern and Harwood Never got going and when a team has half the out field players not at the races only one thing will happen and it did.

Ilkeston scored a well craft goal in which the Ilkeston player jumped and powered home a header that no keeper would have got to.

Ilkeston deserved their win and showed more passion than a lot of the
Gateshead players in this game.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will
Gateshead’s season, a defeat was always going to come and Gateshead and the fans enjoyed the unbeaten run while it lasted.

Disappointing as the defeat was, the Heed are still in a great position in the table. No
Gateshead fan would have complained at being told you will be in play off places and only suffered on defeat in this time.

Line Up and ratings:

Keen 6
Gave a penalty away

Baxter 9
Got forward and showed how it was done
Heed Army Blog Man Of The Match

Cave 9
The same as Baxter, can hold his head up high

Salvin 7
Played well

Curtis 8
Strong and reliable

Harwood 5
not sure if he is carrying a knock, if not very poor

Phillips 6
Would have been a 5 if he hadn't of scored.
Bowey 8 (Captain)
Top Draw as ever

McClen 7
Had no wingers to aim at, frustrating day for him

Southern 6
Never got motoring at all

Armstrong 6
no movement


Hughes 6
Never made a impact in midfield

Flynn 6
Solid at right back

Robson (Not Used)

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