Gateshead 2 Nuneaton Town 1
Saturday 11th January 2014 (Skrill Premier)
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton News;
James Marwood headed Gateshead to three points as Nuneaton Town lost another game they should have at least drawn.
James Brown put the Heed in front straight after the break before Adam Walker equalised 10 minutes later.
Boro looked set to draw, but Marwood won it with a header from a corner after 81 minutes as the defence stood static.
The visitors had a strong penalty appeal turned down in the 10th minute when Dave Hibbert appeared to be clipped by Lewis Sirrell in the box.
Boro had their best spell around the 25 minute mark when Adam Walker’s cross found Wes York at the far post and he fired just wide with the outside of his right boot.
Adam Walker then broke towards the edge of the box and fired just wide.
The best moment of the half saw Marcus Maddison’s near post corner met by Josh Walker, but Kelle Roos made a brilliant save at his near post.
If the first half had started slowly, the second set off at a fierce pace.
Gateshead were in front just 52 seconds after the restart as a corner was half cleared and fed back out to Madison.
He fired over a low cross and James Brown was there to slide in from two yards.
Out of nothing it was 1-1 though.
Sirrell was under pressure from York and he gave it to the Boro winger in terrible fashion.
York raced along the byline and did well to get his head up and pick out Walker at the far post for a tap in.
The game had opened up with Boro failing to retain possession upfront.
Once again Gateshead broke and this time it was Marwood who ran in on Roos with the keeper making a good stop with his foot.
Kevin Wilkin moved to address Boro’s attacking problems by bringing Andy Brown on for Louis Moult.
It almost paid swift dividends though as Hibbert turned in the box, he was probably looking to set himself up, but it fell for Armson and he rattled a shot off the inside of the post with Adam Bartlett rooted.
Gateshead were the next to land a blow as they took the lead in the softest fashion.
Jamie Chandler had just headed wide but there was no mistake from Marwood.
He met Colin Larkin’s corner with a well directed but gentle header.
Time seemed to stand still as the ball rolled in the corner with Roos and his team-mates watching.
Nuneaton had one chance to level as Gavin Cowan met Connor Taylor’s cross but Craig Baxter did well to clear it off the line.