Gateshead 3 - 0 Kendal Town
Gateshead put a poor ten days behind them by beating Unibond Premier Division strugglers Kendal Town at the International Stadium on Good Friday.
In difficult conditions the Tynesiders moved in to third position in the table after second half goals from Steve Bowey and substitute Paul Brayson sealed a comfortable win after a sixth minute Phil Cave penalty had given the hosts a 1-0 half time lead.
Gateshead could have gone in front just four minutes in when Graeme Armstrong found himself one on one with the Kendal keeper however the striker's touch was too heavy and a good chanced went to waste.
Two minutes later and the Tynesiders were in front when a good individual run from Armstrong saw the player brought down in the area and Cave was on hand to calmly strike home low to the keeper's left.
In a game disjointed mainly due to the swirling winds around the International Stadium, Gateshead were almost handed a bizarre second on 28 minutes when a needless backpass saw the keeper in no man's land as the ball hit the post and rebounded in to play before being cleared to safety.
With just over half an hour played former York City striker Paul Brayson replaced Armstrong after Gateshead's leading scorer suffered a facial injury in a challenge.
Half time: 1 - 0
Kendal Town began the second half brightly forcing Paul Musselwhite in to some fine saves but it was the home side who effectively put the game beyond the visitor's reach when a Wayne Phillips blocked effort saw Gateshead receive their first corner of the half and from the resulting set piece Phillips himself delivered a ball to the back post where skipper Steve Bowey was on hand to hammer the ball home from short range.
Five minutes later Phillips was again in the the thick of the action when a penetrating run saw the winger shoot straight at the keeper when a ball to Davey Southern in the areaa would have probably been the better option.
On 69 minutes it was all over when a delightful Soutern ball just inside the Kendal half found Brayson who delicately chipped the keeper from the edge of the area to cap off a quality Gateshead move and put the game beyond doubt.
To Kendal Town's credit the strugglers fought hard in the closing stages however it was a deserved victory for Ian Bogie's men who, though not spectacular, were worthy of their three goal win to get their promotion challenge back on track ahead of an Easter Monday trip to Ossett Town.
Full time: 3 - 0
Gateshead: Musselwhite, Baxter, Cave (Talbot 75mins), Curtis, Jones, Gate (Harwood 72mins), Bowey, Turnbull, Southern, Armstrong (Brayson 31mins), Phillips.
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