Player-manager Mike Williamson thought the scoreline gave a harsh reflection on his young Gateshead side as Consett ran out 4-1 winners on Saturday afternoon.
The Heed fielded no first-team players at Belle View Stadium in their second friendly of pre-season as a number of trialists and youth players were handed a chance to impress against the Northern League Division One side.
Mason Fawns put Williamson’s side in the lead after 14 minutes from close range before goals from Ali Alshabeeb and Luke Carr handed Consett the advantage at the break.
A two-minute quickfire double in the second half from Carr’s penalty and Michael Brown ensured the hosts won by a comfortable margin, one Williamson believes was harsh on his players.
“It was a good run out, I thought it was a worthy exercise,” he said,
“We got a chance to look at a few of the lads, as a new team it’s obviously hard to come and play a game like this as a one-off but there were some very good performances.
“We looked strong in the first half and got into some good positions, and the second half we just looked as though our inexperience got the better of us in the end.
“But I said to the lads that we got into some good positions and could have had two or three more.
“I didn’t think their third was a penalty though!”
The Heed are now almost midway through the pre-season schedule ahead of the National League North season opener against Southport on August 3.
Hebburn and Harrogate Town are next up for Williamson and his men, with the trip to the Hebburn Sports and Social Ground taking place next Friday at 7:30pm.
“It was a tough test for us today,” added Williamson.
“The lads did really well and the scoreline was a bit of a tough reflection on our performance I thought.
“We picked up a couple of little niggles in training this week and I didn’t want to risk any of the first-team lads, we’ve obviously got a small squad as it is so today was about looking at a few other lads.
“We’ll certainly be going with our first team squad moving forward.
“It’s pre-season so there’s a lot of load inside our legs on the training field, but we need to get minutes on the pitch so it will be full-strength from now on.”