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Gateshead: Match Report

Posted by FC Halifax Town
Posted on Mon 28 Aug 2017
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Billy Heath brought his Shaymen up the A1 hoping for a third victory in as many games and this game proved difficult at first as Town struggled to get into the game in the 0-0 draw away to Gateshead on this Bank Holiday Monday.

As the first half went on, Town got used to their tactics and threatened the Gateshead defence on several occasions.

Adam Morgan had his first chance of the game inside five minutes when he found space to try a spectacular effort from just outside the area, but it went high and wide, harmless for the goalkeeper Montgomery.

Gateshead tried to attack down the middle of the park but Scott Garner prevented him from going any further as he dragged him down on half way, lucky to escape a booking.

Matty Kosylo managed to find space to run in and hit a shot which come off the post and then hit the keeper on its way out before the Gateshead defence cleared their lines.

Shortly after, Denton coolly headed in a swift cross from Adam Morgan but it was disallowed for offside against him.

Tom Denton went in to challenge goalkeeper James Montgomery for the ball and barged over the former AFC Telford man to the ground who was forced to leave the pitch through injury and was replaced by Dan Hanford.

The understudy goalkeeper’s first job was to set up his wall and stop Gateshead conceding an opener. He could only watch Adam Morgan’s effort smash against the woodwork.

Half an hour into the game Cliff Mayo had to be replaced as he went off through injury, as Josh MacDonald came on.

Gateshead’ s best chance of the game came from former Shayman Jordan Burrows when his header was excellently tipped over the bar by former Gateshead goalkeeper Sam Johnson to keep the score line level.

The second half was not the same, as both sides cancelled each other out and neither side really threatened to take all three points.

Matty Kosylo was cautioned for his challenge on the half way line, much to the sarcastic applause by the home crowd to referee Andrew Miller.

Just shy of the hour mark Adam Morgan was replaced by Ben Tomlinson to see if he could shed any light on a victory for Town.

As things got frustrating for Town, Gateshead pushed the away side into silly tackles and resulting in silly fouls one of which earned Matty Kosylo a second yellow card and he was sent for an early bath by the referee.

Much to the anger of Kosylo who got his first sending off in a FC Halifax Town shirt, leaving the pitch in a not so quiet manner, kicking over the fourth officials equipment.

As the second half progressed both sides got drawn into making silly mistakes, one of which by Russell Penn who was adjudged to have dived in the area and was cautioned by the referee.

Towards the end of the game Hannant had a shot at Johnson’s goal but it was easy for Town’s number one who got down low and held on.

This game ends the two wins on the bounce for Billy Heath but Town are now unbeaten in three going into the next game at home to AFC Fylde this Saturday.

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