Oliver: We overcame our toughest test yet

Oliver: We overcame our toughest test yet

By Jack McGraghan
28th July
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Gateshead midfielder Connor Oliver felt his side rounded off pre-season by overcoming their toughest test yet against Scarborough Athletic.


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It didn’t take long for Mike Williamson’s side to get going as Paul Blackett was fouled three minutes into the game, with Oliver finding the top-right corner from the resulting free-kick from 20 yards.

Scarborough forward Flynn McNaughton scored from close range after Blackett’s second goal in two games doubled the hosts’ lead, but JJ O’Donnell finished the game off from the penalty spot to secure a 3-1 win for the Heed.

Oliver echoed the thoughts of his manager on what was a close-fought encounter on Saturday afternoon, telling gateshead-fc.com: “It was a good workout for us, it was probably the toughest test we’ve had so far.

“I think the boys put a big graft in to show the intentions of the team and what the manager is trying to put in place, we pressed well defensively and obviously scored three goals.

The 25-year-old, who spent last season at local rivals Blyth Spartans, was thrilled after he netted for the first time in Gateshead colours.

“You always hope that they go into the top corner and thankfully this time it did!”

The midfielder now turns his attention to the season opener against Southport next week, where he could be in line to make his Gateshead debut.

“It’s going to be a completely different test,” he added.

“Obviously league games are quite different to friendlies so we’ll just take it as it comes and the real work starts next week.”

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