Gateshead 0 - 2 Witton Albion

12/03/2008
Gateshead crashed to only their second league defeat of the year on Wednesday with a 2-0 defeat to champions elect Witton Albion at the International Stadium.

The Tynesiders went down to a goal in each half from Witton who cemented their place at the summit of the division.

The visitors could have taken the lead in the opening moments of the game when a quick throw from the left released Thornley who shot from the edge of the box only to hit the inside of the post and Carl Jones was on hand to clear.

On 12 minutes a ball through to the league's leading marksman Adam Warlow saw the striker hit a powerful shot that was well saved down low by Musselwhite in the Gateshead goal with the ball going behind for a corner.

Seven minutes later and Witton were ahead when a cross from the right found Brownhill in the area and the left-back fired an unstoppable shot in to the roof of Musselwhite's net.

Just before the half hour mark Gateshead could have equalised when a central ball from Kris Gatw found Paul Brayson however the former York City man could only guide his effort in to the arms of the Witton keeper.

Half Time: 0-1

Gateshead started the second period brightly and Brayson nearly pulled the hosts level when a short corner saw Gate cross and the striker saw his effort cleared off the line.

Despite a good share of posession and plenty of balls in to the visitor's box Witton were still dangerous and doubled their lead on 54 minutes when McPherson was on the end of a decent cross to fire home from just inside the area.

With Gateshead probing for a reply James Curtis delivered a dangerous ball on the hour mark however the defender's cross evaded everyone and disappeared out for a goal kick.

With 18 minutes remaining a rare mistake from the Witton defence allowed Southern to pass to substitute Jamie Harwood who created space and fired a good low efforth however Kennedy was equal to it.

The home side were industrial and hard-working throughout but could not break down an impressive Witton Albion side who now seemed destined to be playing their football in the league above next season with Gateshead confident of joining them through the playoffs.

Full Time: 0-2

Gateshead: Musselwhite, Baxter, Cave, Jones (Bowey 86mins), Curtis, Gate (Phillips 58mins), Turnbull, Salvin, Brayson(Harwood 58mins), Armstrong, Southern.  

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