Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Birthday Boy Olley Puts Icing on Cake for Heed; National League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Birthday Boy Olley Puts Icing on Cake for Heed; National League

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A93RD-MINUTE goal from schemer Greg Olley, on his 23rd birthday, gave new Gateshead boss Ben Clark his first victory.

The Heed were heading for a third consecutive 1-1 draw under Clark when Olley struck at the death to claim victory at Dover.

A good run down the left from captain Scott Barrow saw the Welshman's cross headed on by Connor Thomson.

Olley was on the spot to ram the ball home first time from close range to produce a real sting in the tail.

The Heed had to come behind at Crabble, a ground where they had lost on their previous four visits.

Former Tynesider Mitch Brundle's eighth-minute corner saw Whites' defender Kevin Lokko get between Fraser Kerr and Steven Rigg to score.

Lokko looped a close-range header into the net - and it was a similar finish for Gateshead's 78th-minute equaliser.

Again Barrow was the architect, getting the ball back from Olley in a short corner routine.

A quality delivery into the six-yard box allowed Kerr to rise and loop a header into the top corner for the defender's third goal of the season.

After struggling in the opening quarter of the game following their 350-mile train journey to Dover on the day, the Heed grew into the game.

Aynsley Pears made a number of saves, two from Brundle, to keep Gateshead in it, before Clark's men hit their straps.

They were the better side in the second half and Olley delivered the perfect birthday present with just seconds left on the clock.

Manager Clark remains unbeaten in his three games in charge, his side now back in a play-off position.

Gateshead, who have played more games than any other side in the Vanarama National League, put their off-field problems behind them at Dover.

They have come from behind in all three games under Clark, who was delighted to complete the double over Dover. …

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