Williamson’s side fell behind twice through ex-Heed striker Graeme Armstrong either side of half-time, with Connor Thomson equalising briefly before the break, but gained control in the second 45.
Goals from Scott Barrow, Toby Lees and JJ O’Donnell ensured that Gateshead took their first win of pre-season away from The Energy Check Sports Ground, and the gaffer was pleased to see an improvement in performance as the game wore on.
“We had a bit of everything tonight,” he told gateshead-fc.com.
“They’re a very well organised team, we spoke about it before the game and you can’t just turn up and have the right to play from the first whistle, you have to earn it.
“They proved that in the first half, we were a yard off it and frustration started to set in.
“We changed shape and started to get a hold of it a little bit in the second half and I think we grew, in terms of our actual football we played some really good stuff.
“It’s a brand-new group who are all getting used to each other but we’re working incredibly hard behind the scenes to iron out any creases and make sure that we grow.
“I’ve said to the boys afterwards that everything is a learning curve, everything is a lesson and we’ve got to use that and move on whether good or bad.”
Williamson played 90 minutes at the heart of defence himself on Friday after starting the game against Middlesbrough on July 10, something which also gave him a first-hand look at players who are fighting to earn a spot in his squad this season.
“I’m really enjoying it [being player-manager],” the defender continued.
“In any team you need character because you’re always going to go through tough times.
“Many times in games the pace ebbs and flows and in the season you have patches where you’re on the back of a few bad results, but we stuck together and that’s hopefully going to be a characteristic of our group.
“We haven’t got any superstars in our squad so everyone needs to chip in and do their shift.
“Everyone has got an opportunity to come in and show what they can do and I think a lot of people did that.”