Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gateshead in the Habit of Victory with Home Win

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gateshead in the Habit of Victory with Home Win

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Byline: NATIONAL LEAGUE GATESHEAD 1 GLOUCESTER CITY 0 JEFF BOWRON

GATESHEAD recorded a fifth consecutive home win without conceding to move within a point of the play-offs.

A fourth four-figure crowd of the campaign saw Josh Kayode's 17th minute strike prove pivotal.

It should have been more, Gloucester defending doggedly but unable to muster an effort at goal in the entire 90 minutes.

That was testimony to the Heed's defensive efforts, not only at the back but throughout the team.

Only leaders York City have a better defensive record than Gateshead in National League North.

The narrow margin of victory didn't reflect the game and the Heed missed out on a chance to improve their goal difference.

Six wins from the last seven games is, nevertheless, a fine return ahead of this weekend's big FA Cup game at home to Colne.

Player-manager Mike Williamson paid tribute to his upwardly mobile side after another good afternoon's work.

"Our press and defending from the front was relentless and the offensive players deserved the clean sheet more than the defenders," he said.

"Most of Gloucester's attacks were snuffed out before they got into our defensive third - it was fantastic.

"The energy, hunger and desire for the 90 minutes was brilliant and it should have been a more emphatic win. We had three or four clear-cut chances. On another day they go in and we win by a big margin.

"It was another excellent clean sheet. Although only one goal it goes down as a win and it was job done."

The impressive Kayode took a touch before he drilled home Alex Nicholson's cut-back for the all important goal.

Rotherham loanee Kayode was a real handful but, already booked, was withdrawn midway through the second half.

After a quiet opening to the second period Gateshead dominated and should have added to their lead.

Dom Tear, set up by Olley, had a low drive parried by the Tigers' on loan Birmingham keeper Josh Bradley-Hurst.

Huddersfield loanee Tear then found Jordan Preston in the box but the substitute side-footed past the far post. …

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