Gateshead Reserves 1-2 Scunthorpe United Reserves

11/04/2012, by Jeff Bowron

Yemi OdubadeGateshead reserves were unable to complete a hat-trick of wins over Scunthorpe United's second string when the visitors came from behind to snatch victory.

The Heed led early in the second half but the replacement of a trio of senior players saw the Iron hit back to take the points.

A poor James Marwood clearance from inside the box fell for Fabio Snow whose 25-yard shot flew just over the bar.

Matt Godden then shot straight at Peter Jameson from distance, the Iron the more lively of the two sides early on.

A good ball from Lewis Akeister sent Connor Jennings racing into the right channel pursued by Luke Gilbert.

It was a great chance for the midfielder but a heavy final touch allowed Peter Jameson to come out and gather.

Luke Hornsey's towering header from Snow's corner was then destined for the top corner until clawed past the post by Jameson.

Scunthorpe were well on top and Robbie Gibbons had a shot deflected over the bar while Ashley Palmer side-footed over from inside the box.

With half an hour gone nothing had been seen of Gateshead as an attacking force.

The Heed finally started to get some balls into the box, but none dropped kindly.

Odubade fashioned an opening in the 36th minute and tested Iron keeper, Josh Lillis, for the first time.

The striker's shot from 24 yards was tipped over the bar and Odubade had another shot from the edge of the box deflected for a corner.

Gateshead were now in the ascendancy, Martin Brittain forcing Lillis to save at the foot of his left hand post.

The breakthrough came six minutes into the second half from the penalty spot.

Captain Luke Gilbert, impressive at the back, released Marwood down the left with Odubade in acres of space in a central position.

Marwood's pass saw Odubade upended as he rounded Lillis and the striker nonchalantly tucked the spot kick into the top corner.

Scunthorpe responded positively, knocking the ball around with purpose, Jameson saving above his head from Godden.

The Heed threw on teenagers Jonny Evans and Lewis Lynch for professionals Odubade and Marwood and within two minutes United were level.

A poor cross was cleared only as far as Snow who curled a left foot beauty into the corner of the net from outside the box.

Wide men Brittain and Moore were now Gateshead's only experienced players, Moore just unable to convert Lynch's low centre across goal.

Moore was replaced with 20 minutes remaining and four minutes later The Heed were behind for the first time.

Jennings skipped past Jack Lilley on the right and his low cross eventually found Gibbons who drove the ball home from 12 yards.

The Heed's young guns battled bravely, trialist Paul Clowes having a shot blocked and then shooting straight at Lillis from the edge of the box.


Gateshead Res: Jameson, Lilley, Doyle, Clowes, Gilbert, Allan, Brittain, Marwood (Evans 61), Marshall, Odubade (Lynch 61), Moore (Carr 70)
Subs (not used): Deasy (gk), Proctor, Carr

Goal: Odubade (pen-51)


Scunthorpe Utd Res: Lillis, Akeister, Jackson, Palmer, Canavan, Snow, Godden, Hornsey, Wint, Gibbons, Jennings
Subs (not used): Matthews, Crook, Thomas, Leesley, Megson

Goals: Snow (62), Gibbons (74)


Referee: Graham Fyvie (Sunderland)