Vauxhall Motors 1 Gateshead 2
MOTORS let a 1-0 lead slip on Saturday as Gateshead chalked up their first victory at the Motassist Arena.
Both sides showed a healthy appetite for playing an attacking game from the start.
The Motormen began brightly and opened the scoring after just nine minutes when Karl Noon cleverly beat the visitors’ offside trap on the left and finished coolly.
Gateshead fought back gamely and duly equalised on 24 minutes with Dave Southern making some space for himself before firing a great shot to the keeper’s right from the edge of the box.
Both sides could have scored again before the interval as Paul Musselwhite in the Gateshead goal denied Tom Rooney with his legs, while Motors defender Lee Owens headed off his line to thwart Lee Novak.
Motors were forced to replace the injured Jordan Holmes at the break and, following his departure, the visitors came more into the game.
It took three excellent saves from James Coates in the Motors goal to keep his team in the contest. But he was beaten on 64 minutes when a high ball into his area fell invitingly for Novak to make it 2-1.
Motors attempted to rise to the challenge but seemed to be on the wrong end of every decision made by the referee, who awarded Gateshead an 83rd-minute penalty. Coates again distinguished himself by saving John Brackstone’s spot kick but Motors were unable to find a leveller at the other end.
There was further misery for Motors on Tuesday as they were dumped out of the Setanta Shield following a 3-0 home defeat to Southport.
Carl Macauley’s side are without a fixture this weekend.