Gateshead 2-2 Brentford

08/11/2009
An injury time goal from on loan Scunthorpe United wide man Peter Winn earned Gateshead a second bite of the cherry against Brentford in the FA Cup.

Winn, who scored Gateshead's late winner at Salisbury City the previous week, hammered a close range volley into the roof of the net after Armand One had headed on a long Craig Baxter throw in.


It was a fitting finale for Gateshead who were entertaining a Football League side in the FA Cup for the first time in over three decades.

The Tynesiders finished a first half of limited goalmouth action on top and carried that into the second where Bees keeper Lewis Price fumbled a Winn corner into his own net.

Two goals inside nine minutes from Carl Cort and Kevin O'Connor then put the Londoners in front before Winn's late leveller earned a replay at Griffin Park on Tuesday week.

It was an impressive effort from Gateshead who more than matched their League One visitors and will travel to London with confidence for the replay.

"I'm disappointed yet pleased !" said Gateshead manager Ian Bogie "delighted to have earned a replay with a late goal but frustrated not to have won at the first attempt.

"We did enough to win the game. We put Brentford under pressure but it didn't drop for us inside the box - but we live to fight another day.

"We weren't overawed and won't be at Griffin Park. We didn't raise our game against The Bees - we play like this on a regular basis.

"The opener had a bit of fortune about it but it was a good delivery from Winn but we then let our concentration levels drop to allow Brentford to score two quick goals.

"We showed great character to keep believing right until the final whistle and we got our reward - though it was the least we deserved.

"Brentford will probably believe they have done the hard part but we will go to Griffin Park with no fear and will have a real go."

The first half was a cagey affair with the first incident of note coming after 19 minutes when Cort's tame header was easily held by Blue Square Premier Player of the Month, Paul Farman.

Winn cut inside two minutes later but his shot was closer to the corner flag than the goal, and the Iron man then whipped in a volleyed centre that flew across goal.

Gateshead were beginning to get their passing game going and a clever reverse pass from the recalled Jamie Harwood saw Craig Baxter's driven cross just unable to pick out Daryl Clare.

Marcus Bean got the better of Phil Turnbull at the other end a minute before the interval but volleyed over from 16 yards.

Kris Gate was off target with two shots after the break as Gateshead continued to dominate, and Turnbull had a 25 yard shot deflected wide.

Clare should have converted Harwood's low cross at the near post but his underhit shot was scrambled clear by Price at the expense of a corner.

Winn curled the flag kick towards the near post where Price, on loan from Derby County, made a complete hash of his catch and instead fumbled the ball into his own net.

A Winn free kick from the right almost saw Darren Williams make it two before the Tynesiders were rocked by a two goal blast.

Ryan Dickson's  left side cross saw former Newcastle £7 million man Cort head past Farman who got an arm to the ball but was unable to prevent it from finding the net.

Clare had a half chance inside the box but the ball wouldn't come down and then Bees sub Ben Strevens got between James Curtis and Farman only to shoot weakly wide.

Brentford however were ahead two minutes later when Williams gave away a foul and when Saunders' free kick was headed clear it fell to the unmarked Kevin O'Connor just inside the box.

The long-serving Bees man smashed an unstoppable shot into the corner of the net and James Wilson then saw his downward header from a Saunders corner bounce up and onto the top of the bar.

Gateshead had been under the cosh for the only time but they survived further damage to apply late pressure on the Londoners goal

Winn didn't get enough on the ball when well placed from a Curtis header and then Price saved at full stretch from a Gate volley following a long Farman clearance.

But just as it appeared Gateshead were heading for an unlucky defeat One back-headed Baxter's long throw at the near post for Winn to joyously hammer the ball into the roof of the net.

Cue delirious celebrations on the pitch and on the terraces as an historic day ended dramatically with both sides in the second round draw ahead of the rematch in the capital.

"Gateshead were excellent," said Bees boss Andy Scott "they knew how we played, put us under pressure and it was a fair result."

"We had a great chance either side of our two goals but once again didn't defend a set play and succumbed to a late goal. We certainly haven't done the hard part and there is plenty of work to be done."

"We are still in the draw, and still in the FA Cup. We were better today and we are getting there, but it is a slow process."

Gateshead: Farman, Baxter, Cave, Gate, Curtis, Williams, Harwood (Phillips 75m), Turnbull, Armstrong (One 78m), Clare, Winn
Subs; (not used) Provett (gk), Robinson, Francis, McDermott, Pelonde

Referee: Jock Waugh (Sheffield)
Att: 1,151

By Jeff Bowron

Brentford goalkeeper Lewis Price fumbles Peter Winn's 55th minute corner into his own net

Brentford goalkeeper Lewis Price fumbles Peter Winn's 55th minute corner into his own net. Photo by Martin Avery.

Winn lashes a close range shot into the roof of the net for Gateshead's dramatic injury-time equaliser

Winn lashes a close range shot into the roof of the net for Gateshead's dramatic injury-time equaliser. Photo by Steven Hadlow.

James Curtis leads the celebration charge after Winn's last gasp saver

James Curtis leads the celebration charge after Winn's last gasp saver. Photo by Steven Hadlow.

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