Newcastle United XI 2-3 Gateshead

08/02/2012, by Jeff Bowron

Newcastle UnitedGateshead manager Ian Bogie had the luxury of a fully fit 22 man squad for the trip over the Tyne to face a Newcastle United XI in a behind closed doors friendly.

With temperatures outside still on the cold side the 35 minutes each half work out was in the large indoor training dome at United's training ground.

Bogie named the following starting XI for the opening half:

Deasy, Odhiambo, Rents, Gate, Curtis, Clark, Odubade, Turnbull, Shaw, Hatch, Cummins

United's young guns started brightly but it was The Heed who drew first blood with a Jon Shaw special after 11 minutes.

The striker intercepted a square pass just outside the penalty area to unleash a fierce right foot shot that nestled in the top left hand corner.

A great move then saw Micky Cummins' shot blocked and Shaw's follow up saved by former Gateshead loanee Jak Alnwick.

Liam Hatch's headed flick on then left Kris Gate with only Alnwick to beat but the midfielder shot straight at the United keeper.

It proved to be a costly miss as another defensive give away handed Newcastle the equaliser on the half hour.

Over playing inside the area, Tim Deasy's short ball to James Curtis saw the big defender dispossessed just outside the six yard box.

Curtis reacted with a great tackle only for the ball to fall for recent Heed loanee Phil Airey who shot into the roof of the net.

The first half ended all square and Gateshead replaced all 11 players with the following side for the second period:

Farman, Baxter, Carruthers, Chandler, Magnay, Briggs, Brittain, Gillies, Fisher, Marwood, Moore

Despite the wholesale changes it was Gateshead who regained the lead with a neat move.

Josh Gillies swept the ball into the path of James Marwood who side-footed the ball past Alnwick from inside the box.

Again United hit back with Ryan Donaldson dragging the ball back from the byline for Ryan McGorrigan to score from close range.

Paul Farman then had to dive to his left to turn McGorrigan's 20 yard drive past the post at the expense of a corner.

The high tempo had remained throughout a closely fought and competitive game but it was The Heed who went on to grab the winner.

Jamie Chandler burst into the penalty area to side-foot the ball across Alnwick low into the far corner for the game defining goal.

A great ball from Craig Baxter then found Gillies on the right side of the box but the wide man's angled shot fizzed past the far post.

"It was a very good work out, a good performance from both XIs and an excellent result ahead of Saturday's home game with Bath City," said Gateshead manager Ian Bogie.

"We are grateful to Newcastle United for staging the game. It gave the players some game time after a couple of postponements and I was pleased with the performance."

. After two postponements in the FA Trophy the club are very hopeful that Saturday's Blue Square Bet Premier game against Bath City at the International Stadium will go ahead

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