Campbell shot. 0-1
Half time: Heed 2 Magpies 0
Scott shot. 1-3
64 mins Blackett
Full time: Heed 4 Magpies 1
Pre-season pitch time (in minutes):
Allan 45+45+60=150+1 goal
Crossley 45+0+0=45+1 goal
de Bolle 50+45+72=167
Stephenson 45+45+72=162+3 goals
Former Magpie defender Owen Bailey lined up against his old side
after signing a permanent contract with the Tynesiders. That follows a
trial appearance last week in a friendly against Hartlepool United.
A Gateshead side led by old boy Mike Williamson and stacked with other
former Magpies deservedly beat Newcastle's current second string at the
International Stadium on Saturday.
One of those, Adam Campbell, fired the Tynesiders ahead after 12
minutes, before former SJP reserve midfielder Greg Olley made it 2-0
before the half hour, defender Charlie Wiggett succeeding only in helping it
over the line.
The visitors struggled to get back into the game before the
interval, United striker Dylan Stephenson seeing a 40th minute
effort disallowed for offside.
Rather than swapping the entire side as they had a week earlier at
Darlington, the Magpies made just two half time changes - one of
whom made an almost instant impact.
It took Stan Flaherty just three minutes to make a surging forward
run before finding Stephenson, whose left foot effort skidded under the
'Heed goalkeeper to give him his third goal in as many pre-season games.
Gateshead regained their two goal lead almost immediately however;
former NUFC trialist Cedwyn Scott racing on to a through ball before
A steady stream of United replacements followed, but it was home
substitute Paul Blackett who was next to net, doing so with his
first touch on 64 minutes after Campbell played him in.
That was to be the final goal of the game but a demoralised
Newcastle side could have ended up on the end of a heavier defeat,
the home side taken the subsequent chances that came their way.
A trio of players who appeared for the first team at Burton the
previous day - messrs
Allan, Young and White - all started here, meaning that Gateshead's
billing of the visiting team as a Newcastle XI was technically accurate -
although this was always a Magpies U23 game with Chris Hogg in charge.
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