By Rory Drake
Goals from Luke Armstrong and Fraser Kerr helped Gateshead ease to a 2-0 victory against Bromley at the International Stadium.
Armstrong put Gateshead ahead early on in a first half that Gateshead controlled, without creating a great deal.
Kerr doubled the lead early in the second half and Gateshead were unlucky not to add to their lead later on.
The Heed were looking to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat to Leyton Orient and created the first opening of the game.
With 13 minutes gone, Luke Molyneux’s cross from the left was met by Armstrong who poked the ball towards goal, but David Gregory was equal to it.
Gateshead were in front just three minutes later, Molyneux’s corner from the right hit Armstrong and looped past Gregory into the top left corner.
Both sides struggled to create many chances in the first half. There were 27 minutes on the clock before Bromley had their first effort at goal, Zavon Hines’ cross finding the head of Jack Barham, who headed a tame effort into the hands of Aynsley Pears.
Gateshead twice came close to doubling their lead 32 minutes in, Steve Rigg saw a shot hit the bar from a tight angle, but Tom White kept the ball alive, crossing to Jon Mellish on the edge of the box, who volleyed just wide.
Two minutes into the second half, Scott Barrow came inches away from making it 2-0, firing a deflected effort across the face of goal from the corner of the box.
Bromley went up the other end and JJ Hooper fired a powerful shot from a tight angle, but it was straight at Pears.
Gateshead doubled their lead in the 52nd minute, again from a Molyneux corner, which found Kerr in the box who volleyed home from close range.
Bromley came close just after the hour, a freekick from Raymond looked destined for the top corner, but Fraser Kerr was on hand to head the ball away.
Bromley won the ball on the edge of the box through Roger Johnson, who played in Jack Holland. Holland fired a shot from the edge of the box which cannoned back off the post.
With 20 minutes to go, another Molyneux corner found Williamson at the back post, who played the ball to Jack Hunter, who fired a low effort which Gregory turned around the post.
Bromley came close with just over 10 minutes to go, Adam Mekki shot from the edge of the box, ricocheting off George Porter and looping just over the bar.
Armstrong came close to adding a third in the 90th minute, after being played through by Hunter, but the Boro loanee saw his shot come back off the post.
Gateshead: Pears; Kerr, Williamson, Mellish; Tinkler, Hunter, Molyneux, White, Barrow; Rigg, Armstrong
Unused subs: Foden, Thomson, O’Donnell, Forbes, Boden
Goals: Armstrong (16), Kerr (52)
Bookings: White (61)
Bromley: Gregory; Brindley, Holland, Johnson, Wood; Sutherland, Okoye (Raymond 45’); Barham (Mekki 69’), Hines, Coulson (Porter 57’); Hooper
Unused subs: Goodman, Ogedi-Uzokwe
Bookings: Okoye (42)
Referee: Joe Hull
MOTM: Luke Molyneux
Attendance: 680 (40 Bromley)