Read the summary of Saturday’s action…
By Luke Thompson - 17/02/2020
Posted 3 months ago
The points were shared at a blustery Gateshead International Stadium on Saturday amidst Storm Dennis.
One of only two fixtures that survived the storm, Harriers travelled to the north east to face 8th placed Gateshead who had not lost in their previous eight fixtures, of which six ended with three points.
Harriers themselves were in good form on the road with back to back victories and clean sheets against King’s Lynn Town and Farsley Celtic respectively.
Ryan Johnson returned to the side from injury, and Ashley Hemmings – who was a substitute against Farsley – also started.
It was the home side that caused the most problems early in the game, Greg Olley latching onto the end of Scott Barrow’s dangerous cross on 14 minutes at the far post, but could only divert wide.
Harriers’ first effort came through Hemmings a couple of minutes later, but Heed keeper Bradley James was equal to it.
Mannion kept the Gateshead out in superb fashion on 30 minutes, first denying Jordan Preston with a strong parry, then blocking Ruairi Keating’s rasping drive on the rebound, before Barrow fired over.
It was near the end of the first half that Storm Dennis started to make himself known and have a big impact on the game, and Harriers had the wind on their backs heading into the second half.
On 68 minutes, Ed Williams – off the bench – swerved past numerous challenges and slid a ball through for skipper Cliff Moyo to charge onto, firing first time over the bar from inside the area.
That was, in fairness, Harriers’ biggest chance of the game, but Ollie Shenton and Hemmings both had efforts from range that swerved through the air, but James was equal to them.
As the game drew to a close, Gateshead had a big opportunity on 90 minutes as a low cross found JJ O’Donnell making a late un-tracked run into the six yard box and, with the goal at his mercy, couldn’t connect with the ball to send it in.
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