Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gateshead in a Different League

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Gateshead in a Different League

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Byline: By Bill McGuirk

Gateshead Harriers came with a late surge to win their second successive Northern Premier Under-20 League match at the International Stadium.

Having triumphed in the opening fixture of the season in Manchester, Gateshead's teenagers had to pull out all the stops to overtake a strong Trafford squad which had only finished in fifth place on their home patch three weeks ago.

Again it was Gateshead's team spirit which won the day, many athletes showing a willingness to step in and fill the gaps left by missing colleagues.

It was always going to be tough when the tone of the match was set in the opening field event of the day as both Gateshead's men's long jump competitors managed three no jumps each!

However, the Tynesiders managed to stay in contention with excellent performances throughout a highly-competitive match against the cream of Scotland, north Wales and the north of England.

Team manager Kevin Flannery had a tough task selecting Gateshead's athletes of the match.

For the men, he opted for Sean Hall (pictured left) who was impressive when winning the 2,000 metres steeplechase in 6min 3.1sec.

Melissa Carr was his female selection following her success in the triple jump with figures of 11:96 metres.

Flannery, whose sons Kieran and Niall helped in Gateshead's victory, said: "It was great to see so many good performances.

"At this level the under-20 league always produces keen competition and to come out in front after being behind for most of the match pays tribute to how serious our athletes are.

"It was a great afternoon and one more ( there are two fixtures left at Wakefield and North Wales ( good performance will see us in the final in September."

It was not just Gateshead competitors, however, who performed well at the club's home base.

Kingdom Athletes, a joint team from Fife, moved into second place after two matches behind Gateshead after a series of impressive performances.

They set out their stall in the opening track event of the day when Eilidh Child broke her own league record in the 400 metres hurdles. …

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