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Date: 08-01-11gif Venue: The International Stadiumgif att: 508gif away fans: 62
Harriers come from behind to draw at Gateshead

gif Report by Philip Lench
With all the turmoil of the points deduction and a suspended fine during the week it was important that Steve Burrs men went for maximum points from this game against struggling Gateshead.  The hosts went into this game on the back of a 5-1 drubbing at Southport last Monday so they had reasons enough of their own to win the game.

We were without the suspended Mark Albrighton and defender Lee Vaughan who was struggling with a flu bug.  Tom Sharpe had overcome his flu and returned to the side in place of Albrighton while Mike Williams started his first game since his foot operation.

Gateshead had just the one former Harrier playing for them.  Martin Brittain was out wide but Andy Ferrell was not even named for the bench and Craig Nelthorpe was suspended.  They gave debuts to three loan players in Joan Edmundsson, James Tavernier and Michael Liddle.

It was Liddle, on loan from Sunderland, that opened the scoring for them in the sixteenth minute when he latched onto Kris Gates back heel to swerve the ball beyond the reach of Danny Lewis in the Harriers goal.  The goal came as a blow following efforts two efforts from Chris McPhee that had tested the Gateshead keeper Tim Deasy.

We didn't get knocked back by the goal and retaliated with another chance that went begging for McPhee from a fine Matty Blair cross.  Blair set up Callum Gittings seconds after but his partner on the other wing blazed his shot over the bar.

We were soon back on level terms and it was that man Blair again but this time as scorer and not supplier.  He raced onto Chris McPhee's pass and then stroked the ball past Tim Deasy with ease.  Two minutes later and we had taken the lead.

McPhee again set the chance up with another superb ball this time to Nick Wright.  He raced past James Curtis to send the ball towards Wright who cheekily back heeled the ball past Deasy to record his second goal in as many games.

Gateshead didn't give up though and straight away they went in search of the equaliser.  Michael Briscoe got in front of Edmundsson just as he was about to meet Tavernier's cross and then Jon Shaw raced past the static Harriers defence but Danny Lewis got there just in time to thwart the chance.  Gate was the next to try when he shot from close range but with only the keeper to beat he put the ball well wide.

We went into the break just about holding onto the slender lead but looking good value for all three points.
  HT: 1 - 2
Within seconds of the restart Chris McPhee should have made it 3-1.  Matty Blair made a good run down the left side of the field and sent his low cross in towards McPhee who, from eight-yards out, saw his low shot saved by keeper Tim Deasy.

Matty Blair then picked up a stupid yellow card for kicking the ball away from a free kick about to be taken by Martin Brittain.  From the eventual free kick Edmumndson ran past Michael Briscoe but his shot is parried away by Lewis with the ball falling to Jon Shaw who fires wide with the goal at his mercy.

On fifty five minutes we were forced into making a substitution when Nick Wright limped off the pitch after falling badly.  He was replaced by Jamille Matt, himself returning from injury.  Within seconds we had picked up another yellow card following a foul on Brittain by Jack Byrne and soon after Brittain himself was replaced like for like by James Marwood.

The game went quiet for a period of time with the Harriers seeming content to keep what they had.  Always a bad tactic to undertake and so it proved when, just minutes from the end of the game, Marwood whipped in a fine cross that Jon Shaw, at the far post, headed beyond the reach of Lewis.

That was the wake up call we needed and we set out to regain the lead.  Matt had a n easy chance to score but his shot was too weak and didn't trouble the home keeper and then Keith Briggs shot from the edge of the area to see it blocked and falling to Tom Sharpe who unleashed a fine volley that Tim Deasy tipped over the bar.

The whistle finally went for ninety minutes and after leading for so long it was disappointing to see the Harriers come away with just the one point.  Kettering at home on Tuesday so lets try and get three points from that game instead.
  FT: 2 - 2

 Goals for Gateshead: Liddle 16, J Shaw 76
 Goals for Harriers: Blair 22, Wright 24


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Gateshead  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Deasy     Lewis  
White gif     T Shaw  
Tavernier     M Williams  
Gate     Briscoe  
Curtis     Sharpe  
Clark     Byrne
Brittain gif     Blair gif
Turnbull     Briggs  
J Shaw     Wright gif  
Edmundsson     McPhee  
Liddle     Gittings  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Farman     Stevens  
Baxter     Matt gif  
Marwood gif     Morris  
Fisher     Griffiths  
Mulligan gif     Hankin gif  

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Mr R Metcalfe
Lancashire





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