Gateshead Under-19s suffered their first National League U19 Alliance defeat of the season as they were beaten 2-0 by Carlisle United Under-19s at Gateshead College.
A dubious first-half penalty put the Cumbrians 1-0 ahead at half-time despite the Heed youngsters creating several chances.
Chances continued to fall for both sides in the second period before Carlisle wrapped up the three points with a close-range finish in the latter stages of the match.
Following the match, Gateshead College coach Gary Middleton commented: “Me and Ben (Clark) have just told the lads that there wasn’t a lot in the game today.
“It was just two solid sides playing some good football but ultimately the first half penalty knocked us a little bit after we had made a good start.
“The goal just took the sting out of the game for 15 minutes or so but after that we got the ball down and played some good stuff and created chances.
“I was disappointed that we couldn’t capitalise on the chances we created over the 90 minutes because there were more than enough to have seen us come away with something today but that’s football and you have to take your chances and be more ruthless in the final third.
“I’m not overly disappointed with the performance we’ve just got to be better in the final third.
“Today that was most definitely the difference between the sides. If we just had that bit more composure and better decision making then it could have been a much different scoreline today.”
After seeing his side suffer their first league defeat of the campaign, Middleton had a simple message to his players after the game.
“We’ve made a great start to the season and I’ve been over the moon with their performances, today was just a little set-back,” he admitted.
“We weren’t quite as good as we have been but the lads are learning and just need to show a bit more consistency which I’m sure will come with more games.”
Gateshead U19s: Lumsden; Garrity, Stephenson, Ord, Bennett, McHarg, Carrick, Dobie, Slater, Cranston
Subs: Brearton, McNally, Moody, Symons