Gateshead 2 - 0 Leek Town
Gateshead made it three league wins on the bounce following a 2-0 win over strugglers Leek Town at the International Stadium on Saturday.
Two second half goals from Graeme Armstrong, his 13th and 14th for the club, ensured the Tynesiders move up to third in the Unibond Premier division.
It was the home side that started the brightest when a Jamie Harwood ball in the fifth minute found Wayne Phillips who created the first real opening of the game; however his shot was straight at the Leek 'keeper Matt Cooper.
Gateshead were dominating in difficult conditions and nearly took the lead on the 24th minute when a Phillips ball in to the box found Armstrong who turned and shot only to be thwarted by a last-ditch tackle from a Leek Town defender.
Minutes later it was Davey Southern’s turn to go close when good Gateshead possession saw Harwood pass to Armstrong who in turn got the ball through to Southern who fired just wide of the goal.
Phillips was spearheading the Gateshead attack and on 38 minutes his run down the left resulted in a low cross to Armstrong who, almost exactly like his previous effort, was challenged at the last possible moment with the goal in his sights.
Half Time 0-0
Jamie McClen replaced the injured Jamie Harwood at the break as the home side looked to make their superiority count early on and they very nearly did so when the impressive Phillips intercepted the ball from the Leek Town kick off however a mazy run and shot from the left winger was well saved by Cooper in the opposition goal.
Four minutes later and Gateshead were deservedly in front when good play on the left saw Phil Cave cross to Armstrong who guided his header past the diving Cooper and in to the back of the net.
Leek were showing precious little in terms of an attacking threat but could have equalised two minutes later when a free-kick on the left saw Sam Wood head the ball wide when it was possibly easier to hit the target.
Gateshead’s play became more disjointed after the goal however a Leek side obviously low on confidence were unable to capitalise with the home side still creating the better opportunities.
With one minute of normal time remaining Gateshead put the game beyond doubt when a hopeful punt up field saw the ball bounce over the hapless ‘keeper’s head and Armstrong was on hand to put the ball away with composure from a difficult angle, with his effort just going over the line.
Substitute Paul Talbot and then Southern both came close to adding late on for the Tynesiders however a 2-0 win sees Gateshead go in to a difficult run of games in good form.
Full Time: 2-0
Gateshead: Musselwhite, Baxter, Cave, Salvin, Jones (Curtis 75 mins), Gate, Harwood (McClen 45 mins), Bowey, Armstrong, Southern, Phillips (Talbot 80 mins)