Gateshead  2-0  Brackley Town    31/8/19 

Away day blues for Saints 

Brackley will want to quickly forget the first ever visit to Gateshead’s International Stadium, the 470 mile round trip a fruitless endeavour on a frustrating afternoon. 

“We conceded a crucial early goal but there was not too much else between the sides in the first half,” Kevin Wilkin said.  “We had our own chances that we didn’t take but conceding a second made it difficult and we lost our way a bit towards the end of the game.  Gateshead made life difficult for us, kept it tight and worked very hard.” 

Michael Nelson took full advantage of a free header to put The Heed ahead on 9 minutes in the only real threat on Danny Lewis’ goal in the first half.  Saints were close to levelling as keeper James Bradley pushed Shane Byrne’s free-kick away and it was eventually cleared after a bagatelle in the box. 

Greg Olley nearly doubled the lead immediately on the re-start, cutting in and curling a fierce effort just wide before Lee Ndlovu forced a sharp save from Bradley at the other end.  Jimmy Armson’s shot squirmed just wide from close range on the hour mark but minutes later Gateshead were two goals to the good, a weak defensive clearance setting up Josh Kayode who finished neatly. 

Saints never really got going and the come-back did not materialise with the hosts enjoying an ultimately comfortable first home win of the season leaving Kevin Wilkin’s side with just one point from four away games.  

Brackley Town:   Lewis, Myles (Holman 86), Walker, Byrne, Audel, Dean, Lowe (Daire 69), Armson, Ndlovu, Baker (Fairlamb 69), Murombedzi.   Subs unused:  Franklin, Langmead. 

Gateshead:  Bradley, Nicholson, Barrow, Oliver (Forbes 18), Lees, Nelson, Deverdics, Agnew, Kayode (Blackett 89), Olley, O’Donnell (Tear 87).    Subs unused:  Guthrie, Greenfield. 

Referee:  Andy Sykes       Assistants:   Darren Williams and Connor Scott 

Attendance:  769