Credit: Gateshead FC
Report by Daniel Wales

Gateshead battle on with a hard-fought win against Leamington to stay at the top of the table.

Gateshead won at home again to cement their position at the top of the National League North table.

A brace from Macaulay Langstaff after Paul Blackett’s opener was enough to see off Leamington at the International Stadium.

Gateshead were nearly ahead within 60 seconds, when Paul Blackett raced through from a clearance up-field. Having beaten the defender for pace, he put an effort goal-bound, but it was saved by Jake Weaver.

Following the almost explosive start, the game settled down and the hosts did not threaten for a little while, with a wide Adam Campbell effort after 17 minutes the only half chance.


Leamington then saw an opportunity come and go, as they forced Jacob Chapman into a good save after 26 minutes.

After this, the Tynesiders began to stamp their authority. Blackett again tested Weaver, before a mad ten seconds saw Greg Olley denied by Weaver and Macaulay Langstaff put the rebound wide with the goal gaping.

Gateshead finally took the lead just before half time. An Olley ball fed Langstaff, but his shot was saved. The loose ball then fell to a Blackett, with Campbell at his side, and the ball was bundled home. Blackett was awarded the goal.

Leamington responded quickly in the second half, however. They found an equaliser through Junior English, who prodded the ball home from a rebound, after an initial shot had stung the palms of Chapman.

Chapman then kept Gateshead level with a stunning save, as Leamington began to take control. 

This spell did not last, however, as Gateshead were awarded a penalty for a blatant handball just minutes later. Langstaff then stepped up to send Weaver the wrong way and restore Gateshead’s lead.

The game then went stale for a period, as neither side were able to fashion any chances. 

Gateshead were able to wrap things up with around five minutes of normal time to go via Macaulay Langstaff. His scuffed shot was enough to beat Weaver and send the Tyne and Wear Stand into raptures.

Another good win that keeps the Heed marching on.

Line-ups:

Gateshead

1.Chapman; 3. Tinkler; 32. Magnay; 24. Jacob; 20. Bailey; 10. Olley (C); 25. Charters; 11. Campbell; 7. Langstaff; 9. Blackett

Substitutes

2. Nicholson; 4. Hunter; 14. Storey; 19. Scott; 8. Greenfield

Leamington

1.Weaver; 2. Meredith; 3. Morley; 4. Clarke; 5. Morrison (C); 6. Lane; 7. Turner; 8. Wilding; 9. Mooney; 10. English; 11. Kelly-Evans

Substitutes

12. Barkers; 14. Parker; 15. Mace; 16. Gittings; 17. Edwards

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