Gateshead 2-0 Tow Law Town
BRUNO NO-GO AS GATESHEAD REACH SEMIS - BY JEFF BOWRON - E. CHRONICLE
Gateshead, who reached the semi-final of the Newton Moor Durham Chalenge Cup last night following a 2-0 win over Tow Law, have missed out on transfer target Danny Brunskill.
The £5000 bid for the UniBond premier divisions leading scorer has been rejected by Whitby Town and the 21 goal striker will be staying at the Turnbull Ground.
Brunskill said: "I was flattered by Gateshead's approach. I've never been transferred for a fee before but Whitby have told me they have turned the bid down and want to keep me."
"I've enjoyed my time there and only signed another contract for next season before Christmas. I would have been happy to join Gateshead if Whitby hadn't wanted me, but I'm a man of my word and am content at the club."
Gateshead boss Ian Bogie, disappointed with his sides performance last night but delighted with the result, will now spread the net for a new striker.
He said: "I'm disappointed to miss out on Brunskill but the decision was not unexpected. The chairman has backed me and we've shown our intent to bring in quality players so the search goes on."
Gateshead, who have been drawn away to runaway leaders Witton Albion in the quarter-final of the League Cup, have joined Spennymoor Town and Horden in the last four of the County Cup.
The Tynesiders fans were mercifully spared extra-time last night when a turgid cup-tie was settled by two late goals from defenders Phil Cave and James Dudgeon.
With the game stumbling towards a goaless stalemate Cave, part of a triple substitution on the hour, smashed a superb 25 yard strike into the top corner 14 minutes from time.
Gateshead then earned a flattering two goal victory when recently signed central defender Dudgeon scored his third goal for the club.
Dudgeon headed into the roof of the net from 12 yards following a 90th minute right side corner though Tow Law, who had forced Ian Aitken into three important saves, later hit the woodwork.
The fourth semi-final spot is expected to be claimed by Sunderland Reserves, who host Norton & Stockton Ancients tonight, and Bogie believes his side can go all the way.
"It was a lacklustre display," admitted Bogie "but Cave's opener was real quality and Dudgeon scored another good goal. Cup football is al about results and there's no reason why we can't win this competition."