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An early header from JJ O’Donnell, coupled with an injury to Glen Taylor, made it a night to forget for Moors at Gateshead.

Taylor was forced off with an injury midway through the first period after O’Donnell had flicked a header into the corner within the first minutes of the game.

Jason Ainsley was forced in to two changes from Saturday’s win over Chester, with the injured duo of Carl Magnay and Mark Anderson being replaced by Callum Williams and Dan Ward.

Following a first win of the campaign three days earlier, Moors were hoping to carry that momentum on into the clash under the lights at the Gateshead International Stadium.

However, after Gateshead won a free-kick 30-yards out on the right hand side, a pinpoint delivery was glanced into the far corner by winger O’Donnell with just over a minute on the clock.

It was a nightmare start, but Moors responded well and came close on fifteen minutes when the ball eventually fell to Ward, but the midfielders finessed effort from the edge of the area was comfortably stopped by Brad James.

Things went from bad to worse ten minutes later for Moors when talismanic striker Taylor went down following a Gateshead corner.

After trying to carry on, Taylor slumped to the turf and was forced to hobble off the pitch and down the tunnel, with Adam Boyes coming on.

There were flashes of quality amongst a fairly tepid first period, with Moors breaking at speed through Ward, but he opted to go alone rather than find a teammate, allowing the home side to clear.

Gateshead ended the half strongly and went close when Greg Olley curled a shot wide, before Nicky Deveredics stung the palms of Matt Gould.

The second half was a much brighter and lively contest, with both teams going close during a frantic first fifteen minutes after the interval.

Substitute Boyes forced James into a sharp save at his near post after a floated ball from James Curtis, before Ward, who grew into game as it progressed, was denied by a superb one handed save from the impressive keeper.

The more open nature of the contest saw the home side also create strong openings, with right back Alex Nicholson firing wide of the post after a flicked ball over the top from Josh Kayode.

They then came within inches of a second when Olley met a Nicky Deverdics cross, but his shot slithered past Gould’s post.

As the game pestered out, Stephen Brogan fizzed a shot wide before Curtis’ header lacked power and James was able to collect.

The result leaves Moors in 19th in the National League North, with new league leaders King’s Lynn Town making the trip to The Brewery Field.

 

Gateshead

1Brad James Goalkeeper
2Alex Nicholson Defender
3Scott Barrow Defender
4Danny Greenfield 15 Midfielder
5Toby Lees Defender
6Michael Nelson Defender
7Nicky Deverdics Midfielder
8Liam Agnew Midfielder
9Joshua Kayode 12 Forward
10Greg Olley Midfielder
11JJ O’Donnell Midfielder 2'
12Paul Blackett 9 Forward
13Sam Guthrie Goalkeeper
14Elliot Forbes Midfielder
15Connor Thomson 4
16Dom Tear Midfielder
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Spennymoor

1Matthew Gould Goalkeeper
2Callum Williams Defender
3Stephen Brogan Defender
4Jamie Chandler Midfielder
5Nathan Buddle Defender
6James Curtis Defender
7Ben McKenna Midfielder 41'
8Robert Ramshaw Midfielder
9Glen Taylor 16 Forward
10Dan Ward 15 Midfielder
11Andrew Johnson 14 Midfielder
12Christopher Mason Defender
14Gavin Cogdon 11 Forward
15James Roberts 10 Forward
16Adam Boyes 9 Forward
17Shane Henry Midfielder
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Clean Sheet
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0
Goals
1
0
Assists
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0
Yellow Cards
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1
Red Cards
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Results

Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsOutcome
Gateshead101Win
Spennymoor000Loss

Details

Date Time Competition Season Attendance
3rd September 2019 7:45 pm National League North 2019/20 1337

Ground

The International Stadium
Neilson Road - Stadium, Gateshead NE10 0EF, UK