Gateshead 2-1 Alfreton Town

15/02/2012, by Jeff Bowron

James CurtisGateshead progressed to the quarter-final of the FA Trophy for the second consecutive year and took their winnings in this season's competition up to £18,000.

The victory over Alfreton Town, however, was at a cost as top scorer Jon Shaw failed to emerge for the second half due to a groin problem.

Shaw had earlier scored his 30th goal of the season with a 38th minute penalty, James Curtis then grabbing the winner in the second half.

The game had began poorly for the Heed as lowly Alfreton found themselves in front after just six minutes.

Nathan Jarman found Anthony Wilson on the right of the box and his low cross was deflected into his own net by Eddie Odhiambo under pressure from Anton Brown.

A foul on Josh Gillies then saw Yemi Odubade's 30 yard free kicked tipped over while Jarman headed a Josh Law cross onto the roof of the net at the other end.

An excellent Gillies cross saw Shaw glance a header just wide and then Curtis headed over the bar.

Gillies shot straight at Dan Lowson from distance and then a Ben Clark shot deflected to Micky Cummins.

The midfielder's first time shot on the turn forced Lowson to save by his near post and four minutes later the Heed were level.

Gillies slipped a good ball into the left side of the box where Odubade induced a sliding challenge from Reds defender Greg Young.

Referee Richard Wigglesworth pointed to the spot and Shaw made no mistake from 12 yards.

Winger Chris Moore replaced Shaw at the start of the second leaving Odubade as the only recognised striker.

The winner came just before the hour after Gillies won a corner on the left.

Odubade swung the ball into the heart of the penalty area where Curtis got in front of two defenders to head home.

Alfreton struggled to create chances and failed to force Tim Deasy to make a save - though they may well have done in the 71st minute.

Having committed numbers forward Phil Turnbull's pass was intercepted by Nathan Arnold who sprinted into the Heed half pursued by the midfielder.

Clark was Gateshead's only defender with Paul Clayton in space to his right in a two-on-one situation.

Turnbull was then surrounded by virtually the whole Alfreton side when he cynically brought down Amold from behind before the sub. could set Clayton free.

Turnbull was duly booked and the free kick cleared as Alfreton's chance of an equaliser disappeared and Gateshead, at last, managed to see a game out.

Indeed they could have settled nerves in a paltry crowd of only 347, the lowest of the season at the International Stadium, with a trio of late chances.

A great ball from Cummins set up Moore but the former Quaker shot weakly at Lowson.

A Curtis header on halfway then saw Odubade race clear only to shoot over the bar under pressure.

Odhiambo then released Odubade who sprinted into the box but this time his shot was blocked by Lowson's legs.

It mattered little, however, as Gateshead progressed to the last eight for the second year running and a trip to Luton Town on Saturday week.


Gateshead: Deasy, Odhiambo, Rents, Gate, Curtis, Clark, Gillies (Baxter 78), Turnbull, Shaw (Moore 46), Odubade, Cummins
Subs (not used): Brittain, Farman (gk), Magnay

Goals: Shaw (pen 38), Curtis (57)

Bookings: Turnbull (57)


Alfreton Town: Lowson, Law (Moult 66), Franklin, Streete, Young (Arnold 69), Kempson, M.Wilson, Brown, Clayton (Mullan 84), A.Wilson, Jarman
Subs (not used): Hall, Clay

Goal: Odhiambo (o.g. 6)

Booking: Brown (83)


Referee: Richard Wigglesworth (Doncaster)

Att: 347


Yemi Odubade

Yemi Odubade


Josh Gillies

Josh Gillies


Jon Shaw scores from the penalty spot

Jon Shaw scores from the penalty spot


Gateshead celebrate Jon Shaw's goal

Gateshead celebrate Jon Shaw's goal


Kris Gate

Kris Gate


James Curtis heads the winner for Gateshead

James Curtis heads the winner for Gateshead


James Curtis celebrates his winning goal

James Curtis celebrates his winning goal. Photos by Steven White