Harrogate Town 1-2 Gateshead

21/07/2010, by Jeff Bowron

Nathan FisherThe pattern of Gateshead's pre-season friendlies continued in a wet North Yorkshire as a late Tyrell Burgess goal saw Ian Bogie's men come from behind to win 2-1.

All five of Gateshead's warm up games have been decided by one goal, three in favour of the opposition and the last two won by the Tynesiders.

Just as in the 1-0 win at Spennymoor Town on Saturday Gateshead had to put an ineffective first half display behind them.

In monsoon conditions Martin Foster Conference North side Harrogate in front early on with a clinical finish from just inside the box.

With former Gateshead fans favourite Steve Bowey giving a typically energetic display in the middle of the park Paul Farman had to continue his good form to repel the Tykes.

Aiden Savory and Duncan Williams had further chances for a new look Harrogate that included five former Gateshead players.

Paul Talbot played at left back, Bowey in midfield, Wayne Phillips out wide and Graeme Armstrong up top while Darren Williams came on in the second half.

Gateshead were without James Curtis, Jon Shaw, Jonny Allan and Craig Nelthorpe through injury but captain Kris Gate got through 90 minutes in difficult conditions.

Trialist Paul Terry, brother of England defender John, was given the second 45 minutes to impress as he replaced Phil Turnbull at half-time.

Terry, who played over 300 games for Dagenham & Redbridge, Yeovil Town and Leyton Orient, was with Rushden & Diamonds last season.

The 31 year old combative midfielder almost marked his first game in a Gateshead shirt with a goals as a long range saw Town keeper Craig Dootson tip over at full stretch.

Dootson also had to pull off another fine save to deny Gate whose 15 yard shot was arrowing towards the top corner.

Alex Francis had replaced Carl Jones at the centre of the defence for the second half after Jones picked up a foot injury.

Martin Brittain also played the second period and Gateshead were soon level after the restart when a Gate through ball wasn't dealt with by Harrogate's central defenders.

Northern League Golden Boot winner Nathan Fisher was on to the ball in a flash and showed his eye for goal with a clinical finish - his first for the club.

Gateshead's second half display, as at Spennymoor, was much improved but the game had entered the final ten minutes before the winner arrived.

Bermuda international Burgess had only just entered the fray when he knocked home a loose ball after Steven Baptist's header from Brittain's driven corner had been blocked.

Gateshead: Farman, Baxter, Heckingbottom (Brown 65), Ferrell (Baptist 78), Jones (Francis (45), Clark, Gate, Turnbull (Terry 45), Wake (Burgess 82), Dowson (Brittain 45), Fisher (Marwood 70)

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