Prescot Cables 0 - 2 Gateshead

In-form Gateshead come of age in style - Apr 2 2008 by Jeff Bowron, Evening Chronicle

GATESHEAD assistant-manager Jeff Wrightson hailed his side's 21st UniBond Premier Division win of the season following the 2-0 success at Prescot Cables last night.

Former York City pair Phil Turnbull and Carl Jones scored their first goals for the club, both strikes coming in the last five minutes of the first half.

The victory gave third-placed Gateshead a six-point lead over fourth-top Buxton, who lost 2-0 at home to second-placed Fleetwood Town last night.

Wrightson was delighted with a fourth consecutive win and in particular a fourth straight clean sheet.

He said: "We have scored goals all season but we have tightened up defensively because we have defended better as a team starting from the front.

"Prescot launched long balls all night, but we coped with them admirably and James Curtis won virtually every ball and was a real colossus at the back.

"We could have scored more goals in the first half and, while we did not do a lot going forward after the break, we never looked like letting Prescot back into the game.

"It was an impressive all-round performance. The aim now is to win the last six games of the season and we are capable of doing that."

Midfield man Turnbull broke the deadlock at a windswept Valerie Park when he found the bottom corner with a crisp half-volley after 41 minutes.

A David Southern corner was then only half cleared and Paul Brayson, who had missed two one-on-ones, produced a low cross which was slid home by central defender Jones.

Jamie Harwood and Steve Salvin were introduced midway through the second half and wide man Wayne Phillips, unavailable last night, will be back for Saturday’s trip to Marine.

Wrightson added: "The players are buzzing at the minute."

"They are looking forward to every game and, while Fleetwood are six points ahead of us, we can still finish runners-up."