Guiseley 0-1 Gateshead

07/08/2011, by Jeff Bowron

Jon ShawA second half goal from last seasons top scorer Jon Shaw saw Gateshead end their warm up campaign with a win at Blue Square Bet North outfit Guiseley.

A Jonny Rowell ball over the top eluded former Gateshead trialist Simon Ainge and ex. England C striker Shaw homed in on goal to finish clinically.

The result made it five wins and a draw from the Heed's nine pre-season friendlies ahead of the big Conference kick-off at Kidderminster next weekend.

Guiseley started brightly at Nethermoor with Joe
O'Neill shooting wide after a good run, the striker then heading narrowly wide.

Joey Spivack twisted to volley wide and then Kyle Nix's misplaced pass saw Heed keeper Paul Farman come out on top in a one-on-one with O'Neill.

The Guiseley man scuffed his shot and it was a let-off for Gateshead in a half of few clear cut chances..

Experienced former Port Vale and Darlington midfielder Micky Cummins had Gateshead's best chance, shooting wide from an Eddie Odhiambo cross.

Shaw had another opening but elected for power ahead of placement from a Yemi Odubade cross and fired over.

The only goal of the game came midway through the second half when Rowell's 30 yard ariel pass saw Shaw wait for the keeper to go to ground before finding the net.

The Tynesiders made six substitutions in one fell swoop and one of them, striker Gary Mulligan, should have added a second but from six yards the former Republic of Ireland U.21 international shot straight at Lions keeper Steve Drench.

"We weren't at our best but did enough to win the game," said Gateshead boss Ian Bogie "we came away with a clean sheet and a clean bill of health and have had a very good pre-season.

"You can never read too much into pre-season as players mentalities always change when there are points at stake but we will head to Kidderminster in good shape.

"We didn't play great or have any real fluency to our game in the first half. We gave the ball away cheaply and were a bit off the pace.

"Previously in pre-season when we have made a host of substitutions it has had a negative affect but it was the opposite in this case and the new players gave us fresh impetus.

"Results aren't the be all and end all in pre-season but it was good to sign off with another win, especially as we were well beaten by Guiseley this time last year."

Bogie is hoping summer signing Sam Rents will return to training next week which would leave just the injured James Marwood and suspended Tim Deasy out of contention for the trip to Aggborough.

 

Guiseley: Drench, Clarke, Merris, Toner, Ellis, Ainge, Ellington, Boshell, O'Neill, Rothery, Spivack
Subs: Bower, Davidson, Allott, Giles

 

Gateshead: Farman, Odhiambo, Carruthers, Nix, Curtis, Clark, Fisher, Turnbull, Shaw, Odubade, Cummins
Subs: Deasy (gk), Brittain, Baxter , Mulligan, Gillies, Rowell, Moore, Moyes, Briggs

 

Att: 202

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