WBTHC put together a Ying and Yang display against a well organised Gateshead side to maintain their 100% home record. The home side endured a miserable first half during which the visitors scored a driven shot from the top of the D, after good work from their junior players. It took the home side nearly 30 minutes to create a meaningful chance as numerous crosses were cut out by the opposition’s defence. When it finally came Andrew Wilson could only manage to find the pad of the keeper with a strike from the top of the D.
After a stern halftime team talk WBTHC looked to up the tempo in the second half. A long period of possession in their opponent’s half resulted in Craig Duffy finding top-scorer Richard Gregory, who deflected the ball just inside the near post. The juniors of WBTHC then combined well in the D and showed persistence to scramble the ball over the line to take the lead in the game. Gateshead pushed on, looking to salvage something from the match, which left them exposed to WBTHC’s counter, as Harvey Emms fired a 16 yard hit up to Richard Gregory, who squared the ball for Dave Ridley to slot into an empty net.
This result stopped the home side’s recent slump of poor form and ensured that they go into a tough run of fixtures in touching distance of the promotion places.
Dan’s man of the match: Craig Duffy, for his control of the midfield in the second half and work in the build up to the first goal.
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.