Gateshead v Guiseley
Gateshead secured their place at the top of the Unibond Premier Division with an impressive 1-0 victory over previously undefeated Guilseley at the International Stadium on Wednesday night.
A 19th minute Graeme Armstrong goal was enough to see the club take top spot from Witton Albion on goal difference with a game in hand.
Both sides started the game confidently but it was Gateshead who created the first clear-cut chance on 11 minutes when a looping Wayne Phillips corner from the left was met by the head of Jamie Harwood and the winger saw his effort saved at the near post by Dickinson in the Guiseley goal.
Five minutes later and it was the victors turn to go close when forward James Hanson brushed off the attentions of the home defence to lob Peter Keen from outside the box, however his shot fell wide of the left-hand post.
With the game fairly even, Gateshead grabbed what would ultimately prove to be the winner, when a Chris Hughes long throw was flicked on to Graeme Armstrong and the striker saw his close-range header defeat Dickinson to bag his fifth goal of the campaign and give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
Guiseley's best spell of the half came in the 39th minute when intense pressure saw the 3rd placed side earn three corners in a row with striker Hanson looking particularly dangerous. Luckily for the home side, Guiseley's distribution was not the best and Gateshead were able to ride the storm and take a 1-0 lead in to the interval.
Half Time 1-0
On 52 minutes the visitors had a great chance to get back in to the match when a Dunning cross from the left found Smith in the area, however the front man snatched at his shot, sending it high over the bar when he should have done better.
With 57 minutes on the clock came the main talking point when a Hughes ball saw Davey Southern through on goal only for the striker to be brought to the floor by Guiseley defender Simon Sturdy. Referee A. Foster made no hesitation in awarding Gateshead a penalty, showing Sturdy the red card in the process with the defender feeling aggrieved at the decision.
When play finally resumed Southern saw his penalty well saved by Dickinson to keep his side's deficit to a single goal.
Gateshead then enjoyed their best spell of the match with Wayne Phillips looking dangerous down the left and Hughes, Southern, Armstrong and Phillips himself all testing the Guiseley 'keeper.
The Tynesiders were however unable to put daylight between themselves and the visitors and the crowd were made to sit through a tense final ten minutes as Guiseley looked to preserve their unbeaten record with some late pressure.
As it was Gateshead remained composed and saw off the oppositions late advances to secure a 1-0 win that sees Ian Bogie's men remain the only unbeaten team in the division and secure their place at the summit of the division.
Full Time: Gateshead 1, Guiseley 0.
Gateshead: Keen, Flynn, Cave, Salvin (Thompson 46), Curtis, Harwood (Robson 72), Hughes, McClen, Phillips, Southern, Armstrong. Unused: Talbot.