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Gateshead V Chester FC - Match Thread #46 - Vanarama National League N
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Rio Doherty
post Jan 27 2020, 10:39 AM
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Attentions quickly turn to our first midweek league match since September as we make the venture to County Durham to play Gateshead away where we look to record back-to-back wins. Saturday’s much-improved display will give us bags of confidence ahead of what will be a tough game at a place where we are yet to win at. We have two testing away journeys coming up in the next few days where we will have to maintain our solidarity at the back in order to grind out more valuable points.

Our last match was on Saturday where we demolished Darlington 3-0 at home in what was a brilliant encounter to watch. The first half was very open with both sides passing the ball around nicely, and just 12 minutes in Brad Jackson made it 1-0 to us with a superb solo goal. He capitalised on a Darlo mistake on the halfway line, ran with it for almost half of the pitch, then fired into the far corner from 20 yards out. On the approach to the half hour mark Anthony Dudley had the ball in the net for us, but unfortunately the flag was already up for offside. Meanwhile, the second half was even better by us as we remained resolute at the back, and in the final third we reaped our rewards with our clinical finishing. Towards the 60th minute mark the floodgates opened as we scored two goals in two minutes, thanks to Joel Taylor who bagged two assists. On the 57th minute Akwasi Asante made it 2-0 to us, by stabbing home from a Taylor corner. Then, just two minutes later Danny Livesey nodded in to make it 3-0 to us, after an inch-perfect Taylor free kick. We still remained a threat on the wings with further chances going our way, but three goals was enough to put us well and truly back on track.

Gateshead have had a solid season so far, as they sit just outside the play-off places with a number of games in hand. Despite finishing in the top ten last season, The Heed actually got demoted from the National League during the Summer due to financial breaches. Ex-Newcastle United player Mike Williamson was named as their new manager back in June, and has done a shrewd job so far with Gateshead having one of the best home records in the league. It will by no means be easy, especially with forward Ruairi Keating arriving on Tyneside from Torquay United on Friday, with him expected to make his debut tomorrow. Due to the tragic passing of Jordan Sinnott on Saturday, Gateshead’s away match at Alfreton Town was postponed so they will be a bit more fresher than us.

Given our poor record in the North East and at the Gateshead International Stadium as a whole we are going to be up against it, although there is no reason why we cannot get something from this. This will be my first visit back there since the opening day in 2016 where we got hammered 3-0 on a roasting day. Surely tomorrow can’t be much worse, so hopefully we will extend our run of no league goals conceded in 2020. However, for some reason I think both teams will serve up a goal fest tomorrow - a bit similar to our last visit to Gateshead in 2017 (also on a Tuesday night!) Come On You Blues!

Score: Gateshead (Preston, O’Donnell) 2-3 Chester FC (Dudley, Johnston, Livesey)

Attendance: 826 (104 Chester FC)

My predicted lineup:
Griffiths
K.Roberts Livesey Grand Taylor
Jackson Stopforth G.Roberts Johnston
Dudley Asante

COYB!


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post Jan 27 2020, 12:54 PM
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Good news for travelling fans is that Gateshead have cut the admission prices for this game, with adults paying just £10 instead of £15, and all other admission prices reduced too.

Also, for an extra £5, you can get a chilli and a pint. Excellent value, wish we could do that! Website says places are limited for chilli/pint offer, might be as well to pre-book if you can get there in time guiness.gif

Gateshead v Chester admission prices / chilli + pint offer


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Rio Doherty
post Jan 27 2020, 11:38 PM
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My match preview:
https://youtu.be/KtPPm_bv0xk
Includes what happened in our last encounter, how we last got on against The Heed, plus loads more.


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Rio Doherty
post Jan 28 2020, 11:07 PM
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Really really disappointing tonight. We performed relatively well in the first half and were still in it with plenty to play for. There wasn’t much in it at all, but what baffled me is how negative we were in the second period. We dropped way too deep and invited loads of pressure, which is why we deservedly lost tonight. Also, our midfield was lacklustre as they gave loads of balls away, failed to keep with their man, and fizzled out as the game went on. In the first 15 minutes of the game we were the better side as we sprayed the ball around nicely on the deck, but for the remainder of the game we played long ball which never worked at all. Gateshead were a decent side to be honest, as they were a stubborn team who capitalised on our wayward approach. They were much better than us, and we can’t complain because we have only ourselves to blame.

The first period was evenly matched because both outfits had their fair share of possession, but the only downside to an otherwise decent encounter was the lack of chances created. As I said earlier on, we started off as the better side because we made some nice passing moves, and were more dominant. John Johnston went inches close to breaking the deadlock earlier on, as a cross-cum-shot whistled past the post, whilst JJ had another chance four minutes later as a hit on the edge of the area was straight at Brad James. At the other end Gateshead started to come into the game, as Jordan Preston fired a shot straight at Russ Griffiths. Preston was a key outlet for The Heed, as he was a handful on the left hand side who caused us problems. After our promising start, we faded away a bit because we took a more direct approach to the game, which wasn’t helped by the hosts beginning to look more lively. Scott Barrow was the next to go close for our opponents as he forced Griffiths to make a strong save, whilst at the other end Johnston had yet another chance which was saved by James. On the half hour Preston went close for Gateshead again, with Griffiths having to get down low for the second time as he did well to parry out. Opportunities then died down for both sides, but we were still well in this contest going into half time.

However, the second period was a completely different story to the first as we just weren’t in it at all. It was a dismal display by us because we emerged from the tunnel as a completely different side, as we dropped off so deeply to invite a lot of pressure. Gateshead thrived off that, as they caused us a tonne of problems on the attack and we just couldn’t cope with them. We lost our shape, failed to keep with our man, and gave the ball away umpteen times. 20 minutes into the half the inevitable happened, as Jordan Preston unsurprisingly made it 1-0 to Gateshead. It was a good goal to be fair, because he curled the ball into the bottom right hand corner on the edge of the area, although we gave him plenty of space. Our first attempt of the half came some 27 minutes in, and it was a rather unspectacular one by Joel Taylor who fired into the hands of Brad James. Three minutes later, Gateshead’s continued pressure resulted in another goal, as debutant Ruairi Keating made it 2-0. Defensively, it was a woeful goal to concede because the corner went in by Greg Olley, and an unmarked Keating netted a free header. For the final ten minutes of the game we did come back into it a little, but it was far too late to even muster a consolation let alone an equaliser. To sum up a turgid evening for us, an effort by Taylor actually went out for a throw in following a George Glendon delivery. We had two further opportunities as firstly a hanging Glendon shot was punched out by Gateshead’s custodian, before Taylor again had a howler as he smashed miles over. A really sub-par second half saw us deservedly muster nothing.

Not many of our players can say they played well tonight which makes options for our man of the match limited. I’ll go for John Johnston who had a decent game again as he was involved a lot in the first half by getting himself into some good positions. He had a couple of shots too where he was unlucky to not have broken the deadlock. Also, Anthony Dudley put in a good shift in the first half because he found a lot of space and was promising on the ball. Russ Griffiths made a few smart stops and couldn’t have done anything for Gateshead’s first goal. However, he should have gone out for their second as it was an in-swinging corner, so he should have punched away. Our midfield were very ineffective this evening, because despite a strong start, they faded a way a lot and failed to track Gateshead down. In attack we lacked a lot of service as we had little chances, and that was down to our midfield who struggled to pick the killer pass.

This result is another big disappointment, because we have continued our inconsistent set of results on the road. We mustn’t let our heads drop too low as we have a massive match on Saturday, but we have missed a big opportunity to put daylight between us and Brackley Town and Boston United. Our next match is on Saturday we we play York City away where we simply have to perform for the entire game. It is likely to be quite a close, edgy game so we must keep things tight at the back and improve a lot in midfield, because we will need a lot of quality and cleverness to get balls past Steve McNulty. A long journey back has just been made even longer with a lacklustre showing.


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Rio Doherty
post Jan 29 2020, 08:35 PM
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My match vlog:
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