Workington 0-2 Gateshead

22/07/2011, by Jeff Bowron

Jon ShawGateshead completed a quickfire Cumbrian treble when first half goals from Jon Shaw and Micky Cummins brought a 2-0 win at Conference North club Workington.

Just as in the 4-0 win at Kendal two days earlier Gateshead were excellent in the first half and had their hosts chasing the ball for long periods.

The Tynesiders used the width of a big Borough Park pitch with Phil Turnbull spraying long passes to the flanks with gun barrel accuracy.

Workington had started the better of the two sides and had a chance to take the lead before Gateshead powered in front in their first attack of note.

Tim Deasy returned in goal with Paul Farman unable to take part due to a foot injury and trialists Ewan Moyes, Chris Moore and Kyle Nix again all started.

Reds midfielder Tony Hopper found space on the right early on to cut the ball back to Phil McLuckie who sidefooted just wide of the far post from 14 yards.

Sam Rents, given the freedom of Borough Park in the first half, then curled in a great cross from the left that saw Shaw rise above his marker to head into the bottom corner from 12 yards.

It was a great finish from the former England C man, his third goal in two games, though the Reds spurned a golden opportunity to equalise shortly afterwards.

The Heed defence failed to clear a Mark Boyd corner from the right, the ball eventually landing at the feet of Hopper who volleyed wastefully over the bar.

The rest of the half was dominated by a confident Gateshead side with full backs Rents and Eddie Odhiambo prominent in advanced roles.

Trialist Chris Moore alternated between the right and left flank but played mainly on the right where he was the most effective.

It was from Moore's right side cross that Gateshead doubled their lead on 20 minutes.

Moore's low delivery saw Shaw's path to goal blocked by two defenders but when the ball broke to Cummins the Irishman drilled a powerful right foot shot into the net from 14 yards - his first goal for the club.

Another Odhiambo nutmeg inside the opponents box saw the full back pull the ball back to Nix, Anthony Wright eventually heading just over his own bar.

Rents shots past the angle from 20 yards while captain Ben Clark almost sliced an attempted clearance into his own net on the stroke of half-time.

Five changes were made at half-time with teenager Rob Briggs then replacing Nix midway through the second half.

Moore almost made it three after the break with an angled shot that was parried by the Reds keeper with Kris Gate just unable to turn the loose ball into the net.

After that the home side came more into the game and went close on a couple of occasions.

For Gateshead good work on the right saw Briggs' goalbound header deflected over the bar by Kyle May and from the resultant corner Gary Mulligan's downward header was saved on the line.

McLuckie had an effort ruled out for offside at the other end eight minutes from time to ensure another clean sheet.


Workington: Taylor, Hewson, A.Wright, May, Andrews, Boyd, McLuckie, Hopper, J.Wright, Arnison, Sloan
Subs: Jolly (gk), Dillon, Jones, McNiven, Tucker, Wordsworth, Blake, Simpson, Main


Gateshead: Deasy, Odhiambo, Rents (Baxter 46), Moyes (Curtis 46), Clark, Moore, Turnbull, Cummins (Gate 46), Nix (Briggs 69), Shaw (Mulligan 46), Odubade (Gillies 46)


Att: 122