Gateshead 1 Nuneaton Town 2
Saturday 14th February, 2015
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News / Picture courtesy of Charles Waugh;
The Boro won their second away game of the season at Gateshead this afternoon.
Nuneaton were superb throughout and deserved the much needed three points.
Despite Boro having a solid opening five minutes they were still indebted to keeper Christian Dibble as he stopped them going behind in the sixth minute.
Adam Campbell, who scored both goals the last time the two teams met, fed Rob Ramshaw but the Gateshead man could only blast his effort straight at Dibble, the keeper doing well though to adjust his body and palm the ball back out to safety.
After that the game fell into a period of attack versus defence as the home side began to dictate proceedings. They were, though, unable to test Dibble with any meaningful efforts during this time.
That was until the 31st minute when Gaz Dean was adjudged to have fouled Matty Pattison in the penalty area, the decision looked all the more harsh when not a single player from the home side appealed for the spot-kick.
It was given nonetheless, and it allowed Campbell to stroke home his third goal in two games against the Boro.
Nuneaton did not let their heads drop after going behind and indeed could have been level just ten minutes later.
Elliott Whitehouse showed all the determination that made Liam Daish want to bring him to the club as he drove down the right hand side.
He then pulled the ball back to Jack Dyer on the edge of the box, the former Burton Albion man had his body position all wrong though, and sliced his effort high and wide rather than testing Adam Bartlett in the home goal.
However, Andy Brown showed him how to do it on the stroke of half time.
The frontman was found by George Maris and he shot first time, his effort taking a massive deflection as it wrong footed Bartlett and found its way into the back of the net.
That goal was the first the Boro had scored in the league since late December – and it was so close to being doubled on the hour mark.
Adam Walker, on as a sub at the break for Jack Dyer, was found by Brown on the edge of the area, he was so unlucky though, as his curling effort was fantastically saved by Bartlett in the Gateshead goal.
The Boro had their tails up after the near miss and in the 64th minute they scored a deserved second.
James Armson, also on as a sub, showed fantastic footwork to draw a penalty off Matty Robson,.
The Boro number seven then saw his spot-kick well saved by Bartlett but Theo Streete showed a strikers instinct as he followed up the rebound to give the visitors the lead.
The home fans demanded an onslaught after the goal but instead they were given a masterclass by Boro who went on the attack, rather than sit back, after making it two.
Andy Brown was unlucky not to be awarded a second spot kick for the visitors after it looked like he was brought down in the box – the referee awarded a free-kick instead, while both George Maris and Elliott Whitehouse had efforts go close.
NUNEATON: Dibble, Wheeler, Dean, Streete, Franklin, Mafuta, Whitehouse, Maris, Ogleby (Armson 35), Dyer (Walker 46), Andy Brown.
Subs not used: Cowan, Wren, Nardiello.
GATESHEAD: Bartlett, Curtis, Clark, Oster, Ramshaw (Rodman 38), Baxter, Robson, Pattison, Gjokaj, Roberts (Shaw 46), Campbell (Rankine 67).
Subs not used: Chandler, Allan.