By Dominic Scurr
GATESHEAD Under-19s claimed their fourth straight Northern Alliance victory with a 2-1 win over Killingworth Town at the International Stadium on Saturday.
After a goalless first half, goals from Liam Butler and Daniel Hailes put the Heed youngsters 2-0 up before a late consolation from Killingworth denied them of a clean sheet at the death.
And after starting their league campaign with 11 straight defeats, things are now on the up for the Tynesiders as they continued their climb up the table.
Under-19s coach Ben Clark was understandably delighted with his side following the result.
“I think it’s the most pleased I’ve been with the lads after a game this season,” Clark admitted.
“It’s because it’s the first time we haven’t had any of the young pros from the first team playing for us – it was just the lads who are part of the programme.
“They were all absolutely brilliant against a good side. We played some lovely football and our shape was excellent so I was delighted with how things went.”
The Heed went in front after a fine cross from Matty Halliday was nodded in by Butler before Hailes doubled their advantage with a tidy finish.
A late goal from the visitors proved to be the only negative in what was otherwise a great day for the young Gateshead lads.
“To be fair we could have had a few more goals because we hit the woodwork a couple of times and their keeper made some good saves,” Clark continued.
“It was disappointing not to keep a clean sheet in the end with their goal coming in injury time but I’m not going to take anything away from the performance because the lads were excellent.”
Gateshead Under-19s: MacLeod (c); Lee, Luaba, MacDougal, Billiclough, Hastings, Hailes, McArdle, Halliday, Studholme, Butler
Goals: Butler, Hailes