Salisbury City 0-1 Gateshead

01/11/2009
A goal late in the game from on loan wide player Peter Winn saw Gateshead confirm their recent revival with an impressive 1-0 win at Salisbury City.

The in-form Whites had won five of their last six games but became the first club to be beaten twice by Gateshead this season.


It was another shut out for the Gateshead defence who have conceded just one goal from the last four games, a productive period that has brought three wins.

The Tynesiders will enter Saturday's important FA Cup tie at home to Brentford in their best form of the campaign - a fact not lost on manager Ian Bogie.

"It was a great win at Salisbury and one that has further increased confidence levels," said Bogie "the Brentford game is a big one for the club but we had to do a job at Salisbury before we could re-focus on the FA Cup.

"I was disappointed with the opening 25 minutes in Wiltshire when it looked as though Salisbury would run away with the game, but we then got a foothold in the game.

"We were much better in the second half when we played good football and created openings, and we couldn't have scored the goal at a better time."

Bogie was delighted with the all round team display in the final hour but singled out James Curtis and Daryl Clare for special praise.

"Curtis has been our most consistent performer this season and he put in another towering performance, while Clare was top notch and had his best game for us.

"His touch was excellent, he set things up and brought people into the game and I also have to say young Paul Farman has done well again, producing a top drawer save in the first half.

"There were good individual performances all across the pitch and I've now got a selection headache of the right kind for the Brentford game."

Gateshead-born pair Steven Richardson and Alex Francis will both return to the squad against the Bees but former Sunderland defender Darren Williams is battling to overcome a back injury.

Chris Swailes remains suspended and Hartlepool United striker Michael Mackay is unable to play in the FA Cup, while Irish front man Darren Forsyth has joined neighbours Dunston on loan.

Gateshead were second best at Salisbury for half an hour with Matt Tubbs missing an early chance and Danny Webb twice off target.

Clare was just unable to convert a Winn cross in a rare Gateshead foray while a back-pedalling Farman brilliantly tipped over Darrell Clarke's goalbound lob.

Patrick Cox headed just past the post on the hour for the Whites but the balance of the game was shifting as Gateshead grew in stature.

Two Kris Gate runs went unrewarded while Clare also went close before sub Wayne Phillips put a close range free header over the bar from a Winn corner.

It looked like the game was heading for stalemate when Winn ran infield to take up a Gate through ball and the 20 year old confidently fired past James Bittner.

It was Gateshead's second away win of the season and one that sets up this Saturday's FA Cup 1st round tie with League One Brentford.

"Gateshead have done two jobs on us this season and we'll be glad to see the back of them," said Salisbury's Geordie manager Tommy Widdrington.

Gateshead: Farman, Baxter, Cave, Gate, Curtis, Pelonde, Mackay (Phillips 69m), Turnbull, Armstrong (One 64m), Clare Winn (McDermott 87m)
Subs; (not used) Provett (gk), Robinson

Referee: Chris Powell (Poole)
Att: 1,050

By Jeff Bowron

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