Eastwood Town 1, Gateshead 3

18/08/2007
It was the result everyone at Gateshead was hoping for, but manager Ian Bogie is determined not to get carried away.

Despite the unbeaten run stretching to 13 matches Bogie stated: "it's just one win in a row, last seasons run doesn't count."

Others may disagree but either way the performance was one that could see Gateshead push for the title as UniBond Premier League Champions when the season ends months in the future.

The start to the match wasn't the best for the visitors as Eastwood tried to surge forward in the opening minutes. Swinscoe made a run in the box on six minutes and trying to go past Peter Keen the Gateshead keeper clipped the ankle of the advancing player and conceded a penalty and accepted his yellow card.

Mitchell converted the penalty a minute later and from then on Gateshead took control of proceedings. It wasn't long before £5000 striker Graeme Armstrong made his mark on the game hitting home a powerful effort from a Phil Cave throw-in on 16 minutes.

David Southern then showed he could create as many goals for Gateshead as score them by setting up the next two goals. The first assist came on 35 minutes with a cross from the right wing. It was delivered at the perfect height for the advanced Steve Salvin who headed home.

The Badgers then conceded a third goal with Wayne Phillips hitting a shot low past a line of players from Armstrong's touch after a Southern corner on 41 minutes, which then saw Phillips slide on his knees in celebration in front of the 60+ Heed Army.

Half time: Eastwood 1, Gateshead 3.

The second half saw Gateshead travelling up hill to attack, but saved energy with controlled bursts of pressure which yielded few opportunities in front of goal.

With Eastwood failing to threaten Keen's goal since the penalty it was Southern who again tried to be the provider sending in a low cross from the right on 63 minutes. Armstrong slid towards goal directing the ball into the net but was upstaged by the assistant referee who waved for offside.

Full time: Eastwood 1, Gateshead 3.

Attendance: 237.

Gateshead Line-up: Keen, Baxter, Cave, Bowey, Curtis, Salvin, Southern, McClen (Flynn 82), Armstrong (Robson 81), Harwood, Phillips (Talbot 89).

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