We have arrived at the International Stadoum and await the team news!
Gateshead line up as follows –
Awaiting Macc team
Still waiting I’m afraid 😳
We are underway!!
1 min Macc fans in great voice during the early exchanges
2 mins Russell Penn’s free kick to the back post evades everyone and drifts to safety
4 mins GOAL Gateshead goal ruled offside but is then given as Peniket busts free and finds Fraser Kerr at the back post who heads across goal past Macc’s ‘keeper
Macc fans aren’t giving up – we can do this!
9 mins Macc fighting back as Scott Burgess hammers low 30 yard drive just wide
No segregation today so I’m sat above The Heed faithful.
Could get interesting!
12 mins Macc dominating without any real clear cut chances
14 mins Scott Wilson hits a low drive which is brilliantly save to Montgomery’s right
16 mins Seriously this is good stuff from Macc
19 mins Preston’s corner almost turned in by Peniket – Macc just about clear
20 mins The Heed seem to have weathered the storm as Andy Worth deafens half of Newcastle on his own
23 mins Jordan Preston breaks free and O’Brien pulls off a stunning save with his feet to deny him
26 mins Macc seem to have the possession but Gateshead look dangerous on the break
27 mins Scott Burgess hammers a low shot to ‘keepers right which is desperately tipped around the post by Montgomery
28 mins Whitaker corner from the right breaks to Baba who sends his shot well wide
30 mins Ballboy forced to do the Great North Run to reclaim the ball after Lowe’s desperate clearance
31 mins Lowe clears again after Preston’s pull back is inches a at from the boot of Peniket who would surely have doubled the host’s lead
34 Neill Byrne fouls one of his own players yet the Ref blows his whistle. Unbelievable.
35 mins Baba’s loose pass is picked up by Mc Laughlin whos drive is superbly kept out by O’Brien.
37 mins Macc pressing – lets get an equaliser before half time!!!
40 mins Tyrone Marsh hits tame shot straight at Montgomery after good build up play from th visitors
41 mins Corner from the left is missed by Montgomery but Gateshead survive
43 mins Gime Toure causes havoc in the Gateshead six yard box but Montgomery eventually claims the ball
45 mins One minute added as Kennedy superbly denies Peniket a free run at goal.
46 GOAL McLaughlin’s corner wasn’t cleared and there is Burrow to head home for the hosts
Half Time Gateshead 2 v 0 Macclesfield Town
We are back underway
45 mins Scott Burgess smashes a half volley just wide
49 mins O’Brien calamity as he misses a routine catch which Burrow latches on to yet sends wide of an open goal
51 mins Toure blasts well wide but Macc are pressing
53 mins Preston cuts in from the left before his low drive is parried behind at O’Brien’s near post
54 mins Blantant had all in box by Kerr waved away by Ref – utter disgrace
56 mins Macc fans demanding more as Gateshead dominate
Richards comes on for Baba
58 mins The plastic Mags cheer when O’Brien makes a clean catch – go and kick some horses!!!!
60 mins Preston corner from the left well defended – Macc on the attack
Correction – were on the attack
62 mins Lowe and Kennedy look unusually shakey I’m afraid
64 mins Wilson goes down after Kerr’s challenge yet penalty appeals waved away
There is a cameraman who has spent all game taking pics of Neil Aspin – clearly he is going to have a good night!
66 mins Wes York’s twenty yard drive brilliantly blocked by Fitzpatrick
69 mins Toure goes down on the edge of the area. Free kick is hit goalwarss by Burgess and Montgomery is lucky to see his spill go behind for a corner.
71 mins GOAL Preston bursts through the Macc defence before easily sliding the ball past O’Brien
73 mins Peniket breaks free down the left and O’Brien thankfully parries the ball to safety
75 mins Burgess free kick from the left is met with a glancing Toure header which goes well wide
76 mins Handbags from Wilson and Whitaker after the plastic mags get away with pulling Wilson down
78 mins Richards hammers 30 yard shot well wide.
Arthur on for Burgess
80 mins Danny Johnson almost makes it four but O’Brien makes decent save to his left
83 mins The hosts are after more and Preston in particular is looking very dangerous.
Toure down with cramp
85 mins Macc struggling to get out of their own half at the minute
89 mins Macc trying to move forward but it’s very half hearted as the battle is over.
Two minutes added time.