Gateshead 1-2 York City

Gateshead continue to find goals hard to come by at home, their latest set back at the International stadium coming against ten man York City in front of a four figure crowd.

While excellent performances have been witnessed away from Tyneside a return of one point and two goals from the opening three home games is disappointing.

The Tynesiders deservedly led at half-time through Alex Francis's stoppage time stunner, but conceded early in the second half and then succumbed to a superb late second from the Minstermen.

York had played the final half hour with ten men when Richard Pacquette was sent off, and manager Martin Foyle was also sent off after protesting against the decision.

The goal and the red card however only served to lift the visitors, and while Gateshead didn't deserve to lose their inability to find the net on home soil is a concern.

"I would be worried if we weren't creating chances. We had 75% of the game and should have won, particularly as York were a man down for a third of the game.," said manager Ian Bogie.

"We had opportunities to win but didn't take them. We were the better side in the first half but didn't maintain the tempo after the break and switched off.

"When York had a man sent off it should have helped us but instead it lifted them, and over the 90 minutes we didn't work their keeper enough.

"I'm bitterly disappointed. There wasn't enough from wide areas and Kris Gate made some great runs but didn't match them with a finish.

"There will be a new striker at the club before the transfer window closes and, hopefully, for Saturday's game at Cambridge United where we will look to maintain our impressive away form."

Pacquette had an early chance for York but his angled shot was well saved by Jim Provett, and then Gate shot over from the edge of the box with the first of his openings.

Both sides suffered a blow at the centre of defence when City's David McGurk limped off followed by Carl Jones with a hamstring strain.

A short ball from Gate gave Michael Mackay a chance but replacement defender Djoumin Sangare, who had a fine game at the heart of the York defence, made a crucial block.

Wayne Phillips' follow up was easily held by Ingham and then Gate was just unable to convert Mackay's low cross at the near post.

Gateshead ended the first half strongly. Gate was in a again, only to screw his shot wide, and then Steven Richardson cut inside Danny Parslow only to be denied by Michael Ingham.

A Phillips curler was tipped over before Francis unleashed a thunderbolt into the bottom corner from 22 yards after he was allowed to advance on the City defence.

York put an indifferent first half behind them to level when Brodie got goalside of Francis, raced into the box before leaving the youngster dead for a second time.

A calm sidefooted finish into the far corner completed a fine solo effort against his hometown club, though York were immediately down to ten men when Pacquette clashed with Phillips.

Gate blasted over after another run from deep as Gateshead played all their football in front of the massed ranks of the York defence, only rarely getting in behind.

Conversely, despite being a man light the Minstermen were now a potent threat on the break and they conjured up a magnificent match winner ten minutes from time.

Andy Ferrell chased a lost cause down the left touchline to whip in a brilliant cross that was headed into the top corner by £55,000 summer signing Michael Gash.

It was a goal that would have graced any game and exuberant York fans spilled on to the pitch from the East Terrace to celebrate with the players.

Gate almost snatched an injury time equaliser but was unable to get enough purchase on the ball to beat Ingham, and all three points headed back to Bootham Crescent.

Gateshead: Provett, Baxter, Robinson, Gate, Curtis, Jones (Francis 28), Brittain, Turnbull, Richardson (Armstrong 75), Phillips, (Harwood 68), Mackay
Subs: (not used) Farman (gk), McDermott

Att: 1,174

By Jeff Bowron

Gateshead captain Kris Gate puts pressure on York City goalkeeper Michael Ingham

Gateshead captain Kris Gate puts pressure on York City goalkeeper Michael Ingham. Pic. by Martin Avery