Gateshead 2-0 Stockport County

08/01/2012, by Jeff Bowron

Chris MooreTwo goals in three minutes just past the hour saw Gateshead record their first home win in the league for three months against lowly Stockport County.

It was the Tynesiders first double of the season and it kept Ian Bogie's men within two points of the play-offs with a six-pointer at home to Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday.

"The blustery conditions made it difficult to play good football but I was delighted with the performance and the result," said Bogie.

"We started very well and had early chances but didn't take them which allowed Stockport to get a foothold in the game.

"The two goals in quick succession against the wind settled the game and we defended very well after that to keep another clean sheet.

"Craig Baxter had a fine game at right back while central defenders Ben Clark and James Curtis also did well.

"Penalties have gone against us recently so it was nice to get one and Jon Shaw dispatched it with some style.

"The second goal took the sting out of the game. It was a much needed home win and we're still well placed for the play-offs."

The Heed almost took the lead with just three minutes on the clock when Micky Cummins' bullet header from Josh Gillies corner was blocked on the line by Matt Glennon.

The Hatters keeper then had to claw Ryan Fraughan's sliced clearance onto the inside of the post.

Euan Holden hacked clear with Gateshead claims that the ball had crossed the line turned down.

A great ball out of defence from Shaw then released strike partner Yemi Odubade who squared the ball to the unmarked Moore.

It was a golden chance for the winger but with the goal at his mercy his side-footed effort was blocked by Glennon.

Moore had another shot deflected wide and Sam Rents curled past the far angle in the 23rd minute, County at this stage yet to show their hand offensively.

On loan Derby County winger Aaron Cole, however, flashed a dangerous ball across the six-yard area on the half hour.

Shaw's volley from Rents' cross was held by Glennon before Stockport had the chance to take a shock lead.

Danny O'Donnell's header from Fraughan's corner fell invitingly for defensive partner Carl Piergianni at the back post.

Piergianni, lacking a striker's instinct, failed to react and the chance went begging.

Joe Connor then volleyed wide from 25 yards after Curtis had headed clear a Fraughan cross, Fraughan then chipping over from a similar distance.

Gateshead's bright start had evaporated and it was County who dominated the opening 15 minutes of the second half.

Martin Gritton's header from debutant Danny Rowe's cross was ruled out for offside and, after Odubade shot high into the side netting, County had a great chance to take the lead.

Gritton flicked on Sam Sheridan's pass near halfway to send the midfielder racing clear with only goalkeeper Tim Deasy to beat.

But as Clark came in to apply pressure Sheridan shot wide of the far post - it was a miss that was to immediately prove costly.

Andy Halls was judged to have held back Shaw inside the box as the striker looked to get on the end of a Moore cross.

Shaw found the corner of the net with a clinical spot kick and then returned the compliment for Moore to make it two with a rocket into the far corner from the far right of the box.

A Connor shot from distance was parried by Deasy - County's only shot on target - while Gillies shot wide of the near post from Cummins' drag back.

Sheridan curled over from outside the box five minutes from time but by then Gateshead had the game won.

 

Gateshead: Deasy, Baxter, Rents, Gillies, Curtis, Clark, Moore, Turnbull, Shaw, Odubade (Marwood 67), Cummins
Subs (not used): Wilson (gk), Brittain, Odhiambo, Nix

Goals: Shaw (pen 61), Moore (64)

Bookings: None

 

Stockport County: Glennon, Holden (DM Rowe 68), O'Donnell, DL.Rowe (Elliott 68), Gritton, Fraughan, Sheridan, Halls, Piergianni (McCann 68), Cole, Connor
Subs (not used): Ormson (gk), Chu-Say

Bookings: None

 

Referee: Richard Wigglesworth (Doncaster)

Attendance: 846

 

Craig Baxter

Man of the Match Craig Baxter makes his 250th appearance for Gateshead

 

Yemi Odubade

Yemi Odubade makes his first start since coming back from injury

 

Phil Turnbull

Phil Turnbull pulls the strings in midfield

 

Jon Shaw

Jon Shaw scores from the penalty spot

 

Gateshead celebrate Jon Shaws goal

Gateshead celebrate Jon Shaw's goal. Photos by Martin Avery and Steven White www.imagesbysw.com.

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