Harrogate Town 0-2 Gateshead

16/12/2009, by Jeff Bowron

Chris SwailesTwo headers from set pieces in two minutes midway through the second half saw Gateshead book their place in the second round of the FA Trophy and a home tie against Chippenham Town.

Daryl Clare's 7th goal in 12 games on loan at Gateshead broke the deadlock on 63 minutes against Harrogate Town in Yorkshire.

The first round replay was then settled with a first goal for his hometown club from central defence Chris Swailes, Wayne Phillips the provider on both occasions.

Manager Ian Bogie was delighted his side had bounced back from a disappointing display in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Harrogate at the International Stadium.

"It was all doom and gloom after Saturday. The players took fierce criticism from all quarters but they rolled their sleeves up and avoided a potential banana skin," said Bogie.

"We defended well and Paul Farman hardly had a save to make. The lads character had been questioned but I got a good reaction and a positive result.

"We worked hard, but in the first half, while we had plenty of possession we didn't show great quality - probably because we were too anxious.- though we could have been ahead in the opening two minutes.

"Darren Williams sitting in midfield allowed Kris Gate to get forward and Wayne Phillips showed glimpses of his old self in a solid team display.

"The pitch cut up badly in the second half but the confidence returned after we got the opener and it was more comfortable than the final scoreline suggests."

Steven Richardson was in when Gate flicked on a long ball in the second minute but the striker, making his first start for over two months, failed to hit the target.

Harrogate threatened only once in the first half when Dave McTiernan's 10th minute free kick from just outside the box hit the defensive wall.

Phillips shot over the bar from distance and Michael Mackay cut past Simon Harrison only to shoot straight at Arron Ratchford.

Just as in the original tie chances were few and far between though central defender Swailes almost broke the deadlock seven minutes from the interval.

The 39 year old glanced a header from a Phillips corner wide of the far post as the first half ended goalless.

Gateshead took the lead for the first time in the tie when Clare headed home a Phillips cross off the shoulder of Town defender Michael Wood.

Swailes immediately doubled the lead when he headed a Phillips free kick into the corner of the net, and Gateshead safely saw the game out without any alarm.

"The result has given us a lift ahead of the visit of Kettering Town on Saturday," added Bogie "and we now have the chance of reaching the last 16 of the FA Trophy.

"The home tie against Chippenham Town on January 9th will be a tough one against a side two leagues below us, but it is one we will look forward to with confidence."

Gateshead: Farman, Baxter, Robinson, Gate, Curtis, Swailes, Williams, Mackay (Shaw), Clare (Armstrong), Richardson (McDermott), Phillips

Subs; (not used) Provett (gk), Cave

Goals: Clare (63), Swailes (65)

Att: 160

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