WITTON offered free-scoring hope to the new manager waiting in the wings at Wincham Park on Saturday.
But it was not all gung-ho and goals. They were helped by some bad goalkeeping and spent over-long in defence against the UniBond League's worst team.
To be fair to Gateshead, for a long spell in the first half they looked anything but their 22nd placing, playing some neat football which ought to have brought them some reward.
When they did get the goal they deserved, it signalled Witton to click into a higher gear at last and they ran away with the game.
John Stannard got the scoring under way in the 17th minute. Lee Madin hoisted the ball in from the right wing and its height was just too much for custodian Keith Finch. In came Stannard on the run to place a sidefoot volley into the net.
For a short time it looked as if Witton would take a firm hold of the game, but the Tynesiders were unexpectedly sharp in their movement and three or four times they had Witton scuttling backwards, desperate for cover.
Steve Richardson brought a great save from Paul Gibson before the half closed and the second period was only seven minutes old when Richard Flynn charged into the box with enough intent to rattle Gary Furnival, who tripped him up. Mark Atkinson belted home the spot kick.
Thereafter, it was all Witton. Simon Burton with a volley and Madin with nice footwork and a deflected shot suggested a goal was not too far away.
Moseley, soon to be a hat-trick hero again, missed a simple chance presented to him by the astute Madin before eventually finding the net.
A corner was driven by Mike Yates to the far side of the box and the ball was headed back into the danger zone by Brian Pritchard, Moseley restoring the lead virtually on the goal-line.
From a foul on Mike Bird by Atkinson, the ball bounced into Moseley's path but he ran it straight into Finch's arms.
His second goal, though, came in the 80th minute with Yates racing around the back of the defence and Bird playing the pass which cut out Finch, so all Moseley had to do was tap the ball home.
Kyle Dyson, a promising reserve, was given a taste of the action in the closing stages, but it was from another Yates corner that Moseley completed the scoring. Finch was rooted to the line and the ball dropped into the six-yard box, where the UniBond's leading scorer was left unattended and he needed only the faintest of touches with his head to be celebrating again.