Gateshead 0-2 Charlton Athletic: Match Report (by Radio Gateshead’s Daniel Wales)
Gateshead’s FA Cup run came to an end last night as they were defeated 0-2 by Charlton Athletic. The Addicks scored one goal in each half to secure their spot in the all-important Third Round draw.
Gateshead started strongly, and created the first opening in only the second minute when Adam Campbell played Macaulay Langstaff in down the right, but he was unable to find a teammate in the middle.
The home side continued to maintain the pressure, as Dan Ward saw a penalty appealed waved away by the referee, before Cedwyn Scott fired into the side netting two minutes later.
The Addicks did then manage to grow into the game, and began to put pressure on the Gateshead back line. Mike Williamson and his men stood firm, however, and kept Charlton out.
In the 27th minute, the ball fell to Campbell in the box. He had time to compose himself, and did so but put his shot over to the despair of the Tyne and Wear Stand.
Minutes later Charlton took the lead. A great run by Conor Washington down the left beat the Heed defence allowing Washington to play a ball across the goal that was bundled home by Jayden Stockley.
Right on half time Gateshead should have been level. Campbell again was again presented a golden opportunity in the area. His first effort was saved by Henderson and he fired his second past the post.
The Tynesiders started the second period strongly as they had done in the first half, and less than a minute in saw another massive chance pass them by. A shot from the edge of the area from Alex Nicholson was saved, but the rebound fell kindly to Langstaff. He, however, saw his shot go wide.
Once again Gateshead would rue missed opportunities, as in the 54th minute Charlton extended their lead thanks to Stockley’s second. It was a deflected effort from an initial shot by Ben Purrington.
Gateshead did not let this get to them, and kept pressing for a route back into the game. With three-quarters of the game played, Luke Williams played a delightful ball through to Langstaff, but his shot went way over.
The final 20 minutes were largely quiet in comparison to the rest of the game, as the Tynesiders tired and Charlton nullified their threat.
Gateshead did have one last chance though. A free kick was sent in from the right causing pinball in the area and despite effort from Williamson, Storey and Hunter, Gateshead could not scramble the ball home.
Despite the result, Gateshead went toe to toe with a side from three divisions above them and they can be extremely proud of their effort.
- Chapman; 3. Tinkler; 6. Williamson; 14. Storey; 2. Nicholson; 20. Bailey; 10. Olley (C); 12. Ward; 11. Campbell; 19. Scott; 7. Langstaff
4. Hunter; 9. Blackett; 15. Williams; 17. Pani; 18. Wombwell; 24. Jacob
30. Henderson; 3. Purrington; 4. Dobson; 5. Famewo; 7. Jaiyesimi; 9. Stockley; 11. Gilbey; 14. Washington; 17. Lee; 28. Clare; 50. Elerewe
- MacGillivray; 2. Gunter; 10. Morgan; 18. Leko; 20. Kirk; 22. Arter; 25. Davison; 26. Watson; 27; Souare
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