Harrogate Town 3-1 Gateshead

14/07/2011, by Jeff Bowron

Former Gateshead players Paul Brayson and Stephen Turnbull were on target as Harrogate Town beat Ian Bogie's side 3-1 at Wetherby Road.

Brayson was gifted his goal when trialist central defender Danny Hall climbed all over the diminutive front man with only a minute on the clock.

Brayson confidently knocked home the resultant spot kick as Gateshead, again without three injured players, got off to the worst possible start.

Former Football League defender Hall atoned when he headed Gateshead level on the half hour from a Kyle Nix corner.

Conference North outfit Harrogate, however, deservedly took an interval lead when Turnbull was given time to get his shot away on the edge of the box.

The former Gateshead and Blyth Spartans man curled a shot that found the net off the underside of the bar.

Gateshead made six changes at half-time but were unable to get back into the game despite having plenty of possession.

The Town defence, which included former Tynesiders Paul Heckingbottom and Mark Cook, held firm and chances were few and far between before the home side wrapped up victory late on.

Lawrie Wilson got between Hall and Ben Clark following a ball over the top to shoot past Paul Farman.

Manager Ian Bogie was disappointed with the performance and the result and is looking for much better against Carlisle United on Saturday.

"To go behind to a first minute penalty was a terrible start," said Bogie "Hall was all over Brayson and it was a definite penalty.

"We then got back in it through Hall's header but then gave Turnbull too much time to pick his spot and paid the price.

"Harrogate were good value for their half-time lead but we changed it around for the second half and dominated the football.

"Unfortunately our passing was wayward.and we struggled to create openings and really test the goalkeeper.

"It's disappointing but we are using a lot of players at the moment while also having a look at trialists so you can't read too much into results.

"We will certainly need to be a lot better against a good Carlisle side and I am sure we will be as we created a lot of chances last week against Huddersfield Town and played well."


Harrogate Town: Cook, G.Wright, Heckingbottom, Nowakowski, Stimpson, Picton, Wilson, Tait, Brayson, Ross, Turnbull
Subs: Gardner, Elam, Allan, D.Wright, Milne, Henson, McGrory, Elliott


Gateshead: Deasy (Farman 46), Baxter, Odhiambo (Rents), Gate (Cummins 46), Curtis (Clark 46), Hall, Brittain (Turnbull 46) Nix, Mulligan, Odubade (Shaw 46), Moore
Sub (not used): Briggs


Ben Clark

Ben Clark tracks former Gateshead striker Paul Brayson


Gary Mulligan

Gary Mulligan keeps an eye on Harrogate midfielder Michael Tait. Photos by Peter Arnett/Harrogate Town AFC.