By Dominic Scurr
MATCHWINNER Luke Armstrong was ‘over the moon’ with his late winner at Barnet which saw Gateshead claim their first victory in four matches.
Scott Boden gave Gateshead the lead before Barnet levelled things up through Jack Taylor in the second half.
But it would be Gateshead who secured the three points as Armstrong turned in Scott Barrow’s low cross to make it 2-1 with his seventh goal of the campaign.
Following the match, Armstrong said: “I’m over the moon with the win today.
“It’s great to get back to winning ways which is exactly what we needed after the past few weeks.
“I thought we played really well, caused them all sorts of problems and went 1-0 up deservedly.
“Second half they came out and came at us like we knew they would but I don’t think we dealt with it too well initially because they obviously got the equaliser.
“In the middle of the second half, we picked up again and started creating chances. Then we got the second goal at a good time and after that, we knew we’d be under the cosh but we dealt with it really well.
“We needed to take the chances that fell our way and we did that.
“Barnet are a good side defensively and we knew we wouldn’t get too many chances but I’m just delighted we took them when they did fall to us.”
Armstrong returned from a hamstring injury last month and scored his first goal since returning in the Heed’s previous National League away match at Wrexham.
That goal proved to be nothing more than a consolation as the 22-year-old forward admitted the winner at Barnet felt far sweeter.
“It feels so much better when you get the winner,” Armstrong continued.
“Obviously as a striker, you just want to score goals but when it’s a consolation it doesn’t do much for the team so you can’t really be too pleased so to get the winner, the feeling is just different class.
“It’s really important to have got back to winning ways today.
“We’ve had some good performances recently and some not so good so to put in a great performance today and come away with the three points, it’s now going to be great going into Leyton Orient.”