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Gateshead: We’ve Met Before

Posted by FC Halifax Town
Posted on Fri 28 Dec 2018
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Ahead of The Shaymen’s trip to Gateshead on Saturday, here’s a look at some of the previous clashes between the two sides…


The teams have met once already this season in The National League. On Matchday 7, they met at The Shay in a game which saw The Shaymen come out 1-0 winners. The winning goal of the game came from Jordan Preston as he notched against his old club on the stroke of half time to give Jamie Fullarton’s side the three points.


The Shaymen and The Heed met twice last season courtesy of their National League fixtures. The first game came at Gateshead’s International Stadium in August 2017. There wasn’t much to sing and dance about on this occasion as the game finished 0-0. The biggest flashpoint of the game came midway through the second half as Matty Kosylo was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence. Despite this, The Shaymen were able to hang on for a point in the North East.

In the reverse fixture, there was a lot more to talk about as Halifax and Gateshead played out a 2-2 draw at The Shay. Jordan Burrow broke the deadlock for the visitors in the 37th minute as he hit the back of the net against his former team. Gateshead took their narrow lead into the half time break, but it didn’t last long once the action restarted in the second half. Town grabbed their equaliser just three minutes into the second period through Mike Fondop-Talom. After Fondop-Talom goal, there was a lull in the game in terms of goalmouth action, but both sides saved their firepower for some late drama. Burrow put Gateshead back in front in the 92nd minute, assumingly giving the visitors the win, but there was time for another goal as Matty Kosylo went from zero to hero against Gateshead as he popped up in the fifth minute of injury time to earn The Shaymen a point.


During the 2015-16 season, Halifax and Gateshead met four times in league and cup action. They first met in September 2015 in The National League at The Shay. Both sides got on the scoresheet as they drew 1-1. Jon Shaw opened the scoring for Gateshead in the 27th minute, a lead which The Heed held until the early stages of the second half. Halifax grabbed their equaliser in the 53rd minute as James Bolton got himself on the scoresheet. Both sides couldn’t find that elusive winner, meaning a point apiece at The Shay.

The reverse fixture in The National League came two months later, where The Shaymen ran out 4-1 winners. The deadlock was broken in the 22nd minute as Gateshead’s Martin Smith put through his own net to give Halifax the lead. Initially, it was turning into a tricky afternoon for the side from Yorkshire as goalkeeper Russel Griffiths was shown a straight red in the 35th minute for a foul on a Gateshead man. The preceding foul led to a penalty for The Heed which Ryan Bowman tucked away for their equaliser.  But the Shaymen didn’t let their man disadvantage deter them as they took the lead just two minutes after Bowman’s spot kick as Kingsley James scored. Halifax probably couldn’t believe their luck as a minute before half time they scored another as Shaun Tuton notched to put The Shaymen 3-1 up. Tuton rounded off a convincing win for Halifax with his second goal 11 minutes before time.

The sides then met in The FA Trophy Quarter Finals on 27th February 2016, with Halifax drawn at home to The Heed. The game ended in a goalless draw meaning the sides would have to do it all over again in Gateshead.

Four days later, the game took place at Gateshead’s International Stadium and what a thriller it turned out to be! The home side took the lead in the 3rd minute through Josh Gillies’ goal. However, their lead didn’t last too long as Kingsley James equalised for Halifax 20 minutes later. It took until the 50th minute for the next goal of the game to arrive when Ryan Bowman converted to give The Heed the lead for the second time. Halifax huffed and puffed for an equaliser and it finally arrived in second half injury time as Connor Hughes popped up to force the game into extra time!

The period of extra time began and The Shaymen grabbed the initiative in the 94th minute as substitute Shaquille McDonald scored Halifax’s third. Gateshead weren’t going down without a fight though, and they were duly rewarded with an equaliser of their own in the 105th minute as Gillies scored his second. The second period of extra time saw no other goals, meaning it would be a penalty shootout to separate the sides. Both teams were 100% from the spot until the fourth round of spot kicks when Danny Johnson was unsuccessful for Gateshead, giving Halifax the advantage. Halifax scored their next penalty as did Gateshead. The Shaymen were now one spot kick away from glory, however McDonald couldn’t convert, taking the shootout into sudden death. Gateshead’s Ben Clark stepped up next and missed, luckily for The Shaymen. So, for the second time, it was advantage Halifax and it was down to Matty Brown to send Halifax through to the semi-finals. Brown stepped up and tucked his penalty away! Halifax were through to the semi-finals of The FA Trophy, and the rest is now history…

27/08/18Town 1 – 0 GatesheadNational League
12/04/18Town 2 – 2 GatesheadNational League
28/08/17Gateshead 0 – 0 TownNational League
02/03/16Gateshead 3 – 3 Town (Halifax won 5-4 on pens)FA Trophy Quarter Final Replay
27/02/16Town 0 – 0 GatesheadFA Trophy Quarter Final
21/11/15Gateshead 1 – 4 Town National League
22/09/15Town 1 – 1 GatesheadNational League
24/03/15Town 2 – 2 Gateshead Conference
26/12/14Gateshead 2 – 2 TownConference
01/01/14Town 3 – 3 GatesheadConference
26/12/13Gateshead 1 – 1 TownConference
17/11/00Town 0 – 2 GatesheadFA Cup First Round Proper


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