Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hitman Shaw Is in Goalscoring Form; In-Form Striker Helps Gateshead to See Off

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hitman Shaw Is in Goalscoring Form; In-Form Striker Helps Gateshead to See Off

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Byline: MARK DOUGLAS

BEFORE the season started Gateshead hit man Jon Shaw had set himself a target of hitting double figures in time for Christmas.

Before the clocks went back on Sunday he had already nabbed 18 goals in 18 games - and the bad news for Conference and Football League defences is he is hungry for a few more.

He said: "It has turned out to be quite a good season, to be honest, but I am actually upset I did not get a hat-trick on Saturday.

"I really could not have wished for any more when I sat down at the start of the season and thought about targets.

"When I was thinking about goals I was looking for 10 by Christmas.

"If I can reach 20 by that point it would be a great achievement and I want to aim for that now." Prolific Shaw was at it again in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round clash with Hebburn, pouncing twice in the second half to end the resistance of Northern League opponents who were proving more stubborn than expected.

His first from a Craig Baxter cross was flicked past Hebburn's resolute goalkeeper Dan Reagan.

A second - inevitably - followed a few minutes later when he fired home from close range after the visiting stopper had made a smart, point-blank stop.

Nathan Fisher, who was on as substitute for Sam Rents, curled a delightful third after a short corner from Martin Brittain.

That, though, was where the scoring ended - partly due to the fine resolve and spirit of Paul Bennett's hard-working side.

Shaw's goal was a relief for Conference highfliers Gateshead, who had struggled to break down Hebburn during a tight opening half.

Bennett had set his team up to contain and Heed - who were ponderous going forward - were below par.

Shaw added: "I think they made it difficult for us.

"We did not help ourselves either - we dwelled on the ball and gave them an opportunity to sit back in on themselves.

"At half-time we had a few words and I think in the end fitness told. Plus a bit of quality, maybe. …

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