Saturday, October 13, 2007

Lincoln Utd 3 Gateshead 3

A point away from home is not to be sniffed at, but when Gateshead were winning 3-1 with ten minutes to go the result was a bitter pill to swallow.

Gateshead fell behind in the first five minutes when a nothing ball in to the box from the Lincoln winger was not picked up by the Heed defence and was calmly slotted home by the
Lincoln player.

Jamie Harwood was brought down in the box, Phil Cave came forward and placed a great penalty sending the Lincoln goalkeeper the way.

After the break Gateshead started to power forward and after much pressure Jamie Curtis (pictured below) headed home from a Davie Southern corner.

Soon after Graeme Armstrong was sent through on goal and he placed a beautiful ball over the ailing keeper in to the corner of the onion sack.

3-1 and cursing to victory, but this was not the end result.

With ten minutes to go Gateshead aimed for the corners and tried to keep the ball there, with limited success. Although Gateshead did win two corners they did not carry on the pressure, and carried on trying to keep the ball in the corners.
Lincoln dispossessed the Gateshead forward line and split the Heed defence like a banana skin. Twice Lincoln managed to take the ball from deep in their own half and slot home to mediocre goals in less than 5 minutes.

The travelling support were left gob smacked after seeing Gateshead battle back from a goal down to lead 3-1 and chuck it away so easily and end up settling for a 3-3 draw.

The icing on the cake was seeing Steve Salvin sent off for what looked like head butt on a Lincoln defender in the dying seconds of the game. An avoidable red card, that will see the Heed lose another player in what have been a injury struck side of late.

Line Up and ratings:

Alison 6
No Clean sheet, and maybe flapped a little

Baxter 7
Was in good form

Cave 7
Also was in good form

Curtis 7
Graet goal, need to see more of that from him

Flynn 6
Wasnt helped by team mates in front of him

Harwood 6
Missed chances and easy balls given away late in the game

Phillips 6
Has to play to the whistle in future, was guilty of it again

Salvin 4 (captain)
Not a captains performance, silly red card

McClen 6
Quiet for his standards

Armstrong 7
Was like Hurst in 66 for his goal, but taking the ball to the corners with ten mins on the clock left the fans scratching heads.

Southern 6
Set up a goal but was off the pace


Robson 6
Little impact

Hughes 5
Not even as much as Robson

Talbot (Not Used)

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