Macclesfield Town 0-4 Gateshead

23/02/2013, by Jeff Bowron

Jamie ChandlerA four-goal, first half blitz sent Gateshead on the way to a stunning victory at 7th top Macclesfield who had lost only once in their previous ten Conference games.

Shot-shy Gateshead had struggled for goals all season and entered the game in the bottom four after six straight defeats, one of them in the FA Trophy.

But while chances were squandered in narrow defeats against title-chasers Forest Green and Wrexham everything The Heed touched turned to gold in 45 stunning minutes at Moss Rose.

Midfield dynamo Jamie Chandler lit the blue touch paper with just 97 seconds on the clock when he arrived in the box to sweep home Peter Bore's cross.

Two goals inside two minutes midway through the half then left Gateshead in dreamland and the Silkmen on the canvas.

Ryan Donaldson's pass deflected into the path of James Brown and the former Hartlepool star finally scored his first Gateshead goal with a shot across Macc keeper Lance Cronin.

The shell-shocked Silkmen were then left reeling when Josh Gillies allowed Brown's cross to reach former Magpie Donaldson.

Leaving two defenders for dead Donaldson bent the ball into the top corner, Gateshead, profligate in the past, this time clinical in front of goal.

Three goals inside the opening 20 minutes was a sensational effort from Anth Smith's side who looked anything but a side in a relegation dogfight.

Adam Bartlett saved well from Wade Fairhurst
diving to his right before Chandler made it four in first half stoppage time.

Bore's header looped into the air and when it came down the diminutive Chandler sent a stunning 25-yard volley over Cronin and into the roof of the net.

Four of Gateshead's five shots on target had found the net. and Macclesfield were unable to mount a comeback in the second half.

Heed captain Ben Clark had the chance to make it five but his header on the hour deflected off Danny O'Donnell and into the hands of Cronin.

The former England C keeper then saved from Donaldson at the second attempt while Heed debutant Ben Everson, on loan from York City, had an effort ruled out for a marginal offside.

The Silkmen rarely threatened and substitute Dean McDonald's claims for a penalty after he was sandwiched between Curtis and Magnay were ignored.

Lively substitute Jack Mackreth had an effort ruled out late on to cap a miserable night for Macclesfield who were booed off at half-time and at the final whistle.

Gateshead will now look to build on this shock result when they host title-chasing Newport County at the International Stadium on Tuesday - pitch and weather permitting.

"The lads did smashing. It was a great performance and the goals we scored were excellent," said a jubilant Smith.

"This result will have sent out a message. We've got our fitness back and look a well balanced side.

"We've set a high bar with this performance. This is the standard we expect because there is enough quality in the squad.

"We haven't had the breaks but these things even themselves out and this result has taken a bit of pressure off though we must now kick on.

"I'm delighted for the fans who came down to Cheshire. They are our 12th man and it was great to give them such an impressive win.

"We've now got to back this result up with another against Newport on Tuesday - and we are capable of doing that."


Macclesfield Town: Cronin, Jackson, Barratt, Audel, Mills, Wedgbury, kissock (Winn 56) Kasim (Mackreth 70), Barnes-Homer (McDonald 70), Evans, Fairhurst
Subs (not used): Diagne, Gorman


Gateshead: Bartlett, Magnay, Boyle, Chandler, Curtis; Clark, Gillies (Marwood 53), Turnbull (Cummins 77), Brown (Everson 65), Bore, Donaldson
Subs (not used): Nixon (gk), McGorrigan

Goals: Chandler (2, 45), Brown (18), Donaldson (20)


Referee: Ben Toner (Lancashire)

Attendance: 1,467


Ben Clark

Ben Clark


Carl Magnay

Carl Magnay


Jamie Chandler

Jamie Chandler. Photos by Peter Hilton: