By Dominic Scurr
GOALSCORER Luke Hannant was delighted to net his first goal for Gateshead in the 4-1 victory over Barrow in the Vanarama National League on New Year’s Eve.
After the Heed went behind to an early goal from Bluebirds’ Captain Danny Livesey, up stepped Hannant to fire the hosts level with a powerful effort from the edge of the box.
The 23-year-old’s 26th minute strike proved to be a significant turning point in the match as the Tynesiders went on to score three more to emerge as worthy 4-1 winners.
Hannant’s performance saw him voted Man of the Match by the Gateshead fans, though the Heed midfielder was quick to credit the performance of the whole team.
“I’m delighted not only to score but to get the win as well,” he told Gateshead-FC.com.
“It was a great team performance first of all and hopefully it gives us something to build on. It’s a funny game but anyone can beat anyone, Barrow were obviously on a great run but we’ve shown how good we are as a team when we put our minds to it.
“For my goal, when I first got the ball I thought there was a man tight on me so I half expected to get tackled. But I had more space than I realised and I managed to hit the shot pretty well and thankfully it went in.
“As soon as it left my foot I thought it was going in, the keeper got a touch on it but I was just buzzing when it went past him – I didn’t really know what to do!
“For the fans to name me as Man of the Match as well was great. It was a good atmosphere today, I think the football helped that but I’m over the moon to get Man of the Match.
“It’s a great way to end the year as well and it’s a reminder that we are good enough to make the Play-offs we just need to show more consistency but it’s a great confidence boost for everyone.”
Hannant joined Gateshead from Northern League Division Two side Team Northumbria in the summer and is delighted to seeing his hard work starting to pay off.
“When I first came here I knew it would be tough for me to break into the team after coming from a lower level,” Hannant continued.
“Thankfully I’ve been given an opportunity to play some games and I’m doing my best to repay the faith the manager has shown in me.
“Now I just want to continue working as hard as I can to stay in the team and help us challenge for a Play-off spot.”
(Photography: Dan Cooke)