Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tynesiders Climb into the Top Four

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tynesiders Climb into the Top Four

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Byline: Steve Brown

Gateshead 2 Kidderminster Harriers 1 IT was Harriers night at the International Stadium yesterday. It wasn't Kidderminster's. After Gateshead's athletics club completed their weekly training, its football team continued this happiest of new years.

Victory over the Worcestershire outfit - after Stockport on Saturday, a second league double for the season - makes it three out of three for 2012, and takes the Tynesiders to fourth in Blue Square Bet Premier. Better still, Kidderminster were fifth, and unbeaten in seven. Six-pointer, or what? Better yet, Ian Bogie's men have - the last 15 minutes apart - rarely played better this season, at home certainly. If only they had sustained their position of comfort, at 2-0 with a chance of three with 15 to go, rather than subside into a state of tension, and 2-1. Perhaps that though, seeing it through, is a sign of progress, of maturity, and to be acclaimed.

Perhaps they should heed the voice among the Army, who early and late on, implored them: "Divvent clart on, man". For it had been an uneventful opening, finally brought to life by Josh Gillies, after 20 minutes.

First, Yemi Odubade and Chris Moore combined to set up the former Blyth Spartans and Whitley Bay man, whose header was claimed with relative comfort by Harriers goalkeeper Tony Breedon.

Moments later Breedon saved a firm, 30-yard Gillies drive and after benefiting from a fortuitous deflection off referee Darren Handley, the same Gateshead player saw a deflected effort palmed behind.

As Gateshead's nemesis, however, Breedon would not last. From the resulting corner, special delivery from the training-ground, Micky Cummins headed in Gillies' centre, and after successive long-range shots at the other end by Daniel Bradley, both well over, the hosts began to command proceedings.

Odubade, Phil Turnbull and Moore tried their luck from distance, to no avail, and from another Gillies cross on 37 minutes James Curtis ought to have done better than head straight at Breedon. …

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