Gateshead 2 - 0 Matlock Town
Gateshead maintained their good recent form with a 2 - 0 victory over Matlock Town at a rain-sodden International Stadium on Saturday.
The victory sees Gateshead strengthen their place in the top three of the Unibond Premier Division whilst Matlock remain marooned in mid table.
Seven minutes in and the home side were nearly ahead when Wayne Phillips received the ball on the right following good work from Kris Gate and delived a cross to Davey Southern at the back post however his effort could only find the side netting from a difficult angle.
Southern was again involved 12 minutes later when Steve Bowey and Gate combined to find the forward who blazed a well-struck effort just over the bar from 25 yards.
On 26 minutes the Gladiators, who had offered little in terms of an attacking threat, could have taken the lead when a ricochet found Steve Taylor one on one with Paul Musselwhite however his attempt lacked composure and did not threaten the goal.
Moments later and the Tynesiders were ahead when a probing ball from Paul Brayson on the right saw Southern gamble and reach the ball before the keeper to scramble the ball home and give the home side the lead.
Gateshead had been dominant throughout the half and grabbed a deserved second minutes before the break when a terrific Phillips freekick from the right found the head of James Curtis who guided his header past Richmond and in to the corner of the net.
Half time: 2 - 0
Matlock Town came out more positive in the second half without ever really looking a threat on what was becoming a heavy pitch.
Midway through the half and Gateshead brought on Jamie Harwood and leading scorer Graeme Armstrong for Gate and Brayson and the pair nearly made an immediate impact when Harwood skinned Paul Riley on the right before delivering a ball to Armstrong who turned and shot only for his effort to be charged down and cleared.
It was Harwood's turn to go close minutes later when a Richmond clearance outside of the area saw
the winger lob the ball agonisingly past the empty goal from 30 yards.
A third consecutive clean sheet was ensured five minutes before tne end when Musselwhitw reacted well and saved from Barraclough when a goal looked the more likely outcome
Full time: 2 - 0
Gateshead: Musselwhite, Baxter, Cave, Curtis, Jones, Gate (Harwood 68mins), Bowey, Turnbull, Southern (Thompson 87mins), Brayson (Armstrong 68mins), Phillips