Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Gateshead’s last to encounters with Buxton have been a whitewash with two big score lines for Gateshead, both home and away.
The away victory of 4-0 on the 15th of April was a moral boosting win against fellow Play-Off hopefuls, goals from Phil Cave, Davie Southern, Steve Bowey and Kris Gate was enough on that cold Tuesdays night.
The home victory seen Buxton field a weakened side and fell to a crushing 5-0 defeat only last Saturday. Gateshead will not be entering this game thinking it will be as easy as the last two matches with Buxton, this is the Play-Off Final and the first goal will be crucial to decide who will be triumphant.
Buxton made to the Final of the Play-Offs after wining on penalty’s against long time league leaders Witton Albion on Tuesdays night Other Semi Final.
Davie Southern became the clubs leading goal scorer for the season after bagging two goals in the win over Eastwood Town, he is only two ahead of Graeme Armstrong who sits on 20 Goals.
Ian Bogie will have a big decision to make this week, will he start on Saturday with the same starting line up as the Semi Final or will he make a few changes??? The Heed Army wait in excitement!!
Any pre match worry’s were soon put to rest as Davie Southern headed home after just 3 minutes to send the home crowd wild and the party started.
Made some good saves, Gateshead’s Rock!!
In the form of the season, know how to cross a ball better than Beckham.
The Man, The Myth, The Heed Legend!!!!!
In total control for 90 minutes.
Captain, Leader, Winner in all area’s.
Love the sound of a crunching tackle.
Like having a extra player, everywhere at once.
Two great goals in a important game.
Heed Army blog man of the match
Scored one of the best goal the International Stadium has ever seen.
Was in the mix from the start.
Unlucky his goal was disallowed.
The pint sized giant was in full effect.
Got in there and gave some for the Heed.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
It easy to say this is the most important game of the season, and the clubs preparation in the build up to the Play-Offs has been fantastic.
Not only have the squad had rests, but they have been finding form all over the park.
Both Davie Southern and Graeme Armstrong have both reached 20 goals each, while Captain Steve Bowey had hit 3 goals in his last 4 games to take his tally to 8 goals. Defender Phil Cave also has banged in the goals this year, scoring 11 this term.
IanBogie watched on as his side ripped apart Buxton with the precise passing that has become a trademark under Bogie.
Ben Hutchinson got a start in the UniBond after having featured in Durham Cup games through out the season. Hutchinson didn’t look out of place in the Heed midfield as many Gateshead first team regulars were rested ahead of next weeks Play-Off semi final. Paul Talbot also made the starting line up as Wayne Phillips was rested from the left hand side, with Phil Cave playing on the left wing.
Jamie Harwood opened the scoring on 22 minutes, after beating the Buxton keeper one on one.
Paul Brayson scored his 7th of the season just before halt time on 44 minutes, after a great cross from Craig Baxter found the former reading mans head.
One minute after half time Gateshead were back in celebration after Davie Southern smacked home from yards to take it to 3-0 on 46 minutes.On 63 minutes substitute Graeme Armstrong whipped in a cross to find Paul Brayson who calming slotted past the stranded keeper to score his 8th goal in a heed shirt this year.
Southern then took his tally for the season to 20 goals on 83 minutes to wrap up a grand win in the final league game of the season.
ROLL ON THE PLAY OFFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Only had to tie his boots today
In good form, calm and collected
Always give you a honest game
Top draw like all season
Never looked like a ball would pass him
Finding his early season form
Played well but looks better at left back
Fitted in well in the Heed midfield
20 goals for the season, 52 goals in a Heed shirt
Always on the sniff in front of goal
Heed Army Blog man of the match
Game was won when he came on, but added to the teams all round play
Doesn’t just score them, he makes them
Saturday, April 19, 2008
A low tempo affair, with Gateshead not really risking much but not full attacking either.
The first half only really produced a few half chances, with Graeme Armstrong having the best of them.
Had nothing to do
Looks a lot better in midfield
Went through the motions
Hopefully he will be ok for the play offs
Reliable as ever
Ran his heart out
Made problems for Ashton
In a good run of form
Great goal, showed his grit
Heed Army Blog man of the Match
The old work horse showed why he shouldn’t go to the glue yard just yet.
Need to get his head down and kick in the box, goals will fly in.
Spread the ball well.
Got on with the job.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Ian Bogie “I wish more Gateshead fans could have seen that performance tonight”
Paul Thompson “I have never seen a second half like that in all my time in football” with shock and horror on his face, with a huge glimpse of pride.
The referee “Outstanding a team could play like that on a pitch like this, best I have seen all season”
The first half opened up a cagey affair with both teams wanting to make the first move, Buxton midfielder Anton Foster was a constant danger with his speed and first touch.
Gateshead had the edge in the first half but was a very level match until in the last ten minutes when the Tynesiders pushed for the opener.
Phil Cave drove home a powerful Drive from the edge of the box, it took a big deflection on route to the goal which left Buxton fan favourite Scott Hartley no chance of getting to it.
Just one minute later Paul Musselwhite made the first of to World Class saves, straight from the kick off Buxton pushed for the equalizer only to meet the man mountain Musselwhite.
1-0 at half time Gateshead just on top and good for the lead.
What can only be described as a football master class happen in the second half that took both sets of fans by complete surprise.
On a heavy and greasy pitch the passing display started, from wing to wing, from back to front, not one pass was missed placed, not one tackle or interception mistimed.
Phil Turnbull was in the form a world cup winner picking out passes left right and centre, total midfield general. His link up play was joy to watch as he picked out the forward runs of Harwood and Brayson Time after time.
Davie Southern was also in one mood the goal scoring mood and he powered his way past the two Buxton defender to blast a shot into the bottom corner on 57 minutes, Hartley could only get a finger to ball, but the shot was to powerful.
As if Turnbull, Gate and Harwood was not enough for Buxton to deal with, Steve Bowey was added to mix and made life hell for Buxton. He scored a peach from 18 yards after Gate had rattled the cross bar, Bowey picked up the rebound and slotted it home to pile the misery on Buxton’s home crowd.
Kris Gate was not to be denied after his earlier effort that had hit the cross bar, on 85 minutes he blasted a shot from 25 yards into the bottom corner. It rapped up a outstanding performance from the heed.
Every player in a Heed shirt Tuesday night was in the best form of the season, it was an absolute master class. If we play half as good in the play-offs the Heed Army is in for some exciting times.
Line up and ratings
Two fantastic saves, rolled back the years.
Tackled with the precision of laser guided missile.
Seemed to know where every Heed play was, inch perfect passes.
Dominant, controlled, joy to watch.
Thought Tony Adams had taken over his body.
Head and shoulders above his rivals, and we aren’t talking shampoo either.
Ran his heart out and it paid dividends
Could have been wearing a Brazil Shirt!!
Powerful goal, powerful performance.
Should have had a hat-trick, but still was ripping Buxton to shreds.
Deserved a goal, made so much in the game, I wouldn’t want to be the Ashton keeper next Saturday if Brayson’s in the same form.
Made the Buxton cry when they seen his pace, let alone his goal.
Picked up where Cave left off.
Was giving it the show boat with some little back flicks, the cheeky monkey!!!!
Heed Army Blog man of the match goes to Ian Bogie and Jeff Wrightson for putting this team together!!
Monday, April 14, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Ian Bogie could well carry on his squad rotation to keep the team fresh as they approach the important part of the season.
Gateshead’s three main strikers will all be looking to find the back of the net, Graeme Armstrong currently sits on 20 goals and is having a fantastic season since joining from Dunston Fed last summer. Davie Southern has 16 goals to his name, but has struggled to find the net in the last two and a half months only scoring twice in this time.
All three strikers will be raring for Saturday to come and Bring on the Play-off’s!!!!!
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Stamford took the lead on 33 minutes with Stamford’s Byrne getting the ball into Paul Musselwhite net.
It would not be until the second half when the Tynesiders pegged the score line back to 1-1, Paul Brayson (pictured below) was on hand to score his 5th goal of the season for Gateshead, from a 25 yard free kick.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Carl Jones also was on the end of a very nasty tackle in the same match, but ran it off during the match, hopefully there will be no lasting damage.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
The opening goal came from a Jamie Harwood free kick which seen both centre backs Curtis and Jones storm into the box with Carl Jones (pictured hitting the ball for the goal) getting the final touch to open the scoring.
After half time the Marine just collapsed, they couldn’t handle the Gateshead extra man advantage.
(All photo's take at Marine)
Heed Army Blog man Of the Match would go to the hole team but James Curtis was a stand out preformer.
The hole team gets a 8!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Phil Turnbull scored the Tynesiders first goal on 41 minutes, then Carl Jones secured the win with his goal 2 minutes later on 43 minutes.