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Posted Sat 01 Feb 14 at 14:44 PM

REPORT: GATESHEAD 3-1 HARRIERS

A strong first half was followed by a forgettable second on Saturday as Harriers slumped to a 3-1 defeat to Gateshead at the International Stadium.

On a windswept afternoon it was Harriers who had the first chance of the day as Amari Morgan-Smith, back in the starting line-up, stole the ball and charged on the counter, shipping in a fine cross to the onrushing Michael Gash who planted a header at goal that was kept out excellently by former Kiddy keeper Adam Bartlett.

Past the quarter hour mark Callum Gittings warmed Bartlett's palms with an effort from distance before Lee Vaughan curled one high over the target; and soon after the visitors had two key chances to net.

First, striker Michael Gash's near-40-yard free-kick was tipped around the post by the keeper, the resultant corner then seeing Storer force another good stop by the custodian who got down low to smother the ball.

On 37 minutes the lively Gittings again got sight of goal and drilled a low, distance effort at Bartlett, the accurate shot being gathered up once more by the goalkeeper who kept his concentration well.

After some fantastic first-half work, much of it was undone within five minutes of the restart as Adrian Cieslewicz was robbed of the ball on the edge of the Harriers area as he looked to break away with a counter, John Oster the eventual recipient as he drove it past Lewis and into the bottom corner.

It would get worse, too, three minutes after the hour as Gateshead netted a second; James Marwood with the effort as he struck an opportunistic long-range curler from a tight angle that, with the wind beyond it, deceived Lewis and dropped into the bottom of his net. 

Gateshead's third  came as substitute Ryan Noble, almost with his first touch, set up Marcus Maddison who drove an angled finish firmly into the back of the  net to send the home fans into raptures.

The consolation, when it came, was through Johnson as he slotted the ball home as the goalkeeper came and failed to get much on a clearance.

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