Heed form delights Clark
BACK-TO-BACK wins for Gateshead Under19s side saw them progress to the next round of the National League Under-19 Alliance Cup and Durham FA Trophy.
The young Tynesiders claimed their fourth win of the season as they comprehensively beat Wearside League high-flyers Wolviston 4-0 at Gateshead College in the Trophy.
Goals from new Australian signing Finley Hayhurst, Brandon Slater, Corey McKeown and Jack Warriner meant Gateshead comfortably set up a second-round home tie with Coxhoe Athletic on Saturday, November 3.
Ben Clark’s squad then continued its strong cup form as it edged past Mansfield Town in the National League Under-19 Alliance Cup 7-6 on penalties following a 2-2 draw after normal time.
The visitors took the lead before an extraordinary own goal levelled things up for the Heed.
Josh Moody then put the Gateshead College side in front before a well-hit Mansfield free-kick ultimately took the game to penalties.
After a slow start to the season which saw the Heed youngsters lose eight of their first 10 matches, Clark is pleased to see his lads start to turn things around with four wins from their last five matches. The former Gateshead captain said: “To be fair I have been really pleased with the lads.
“I would say for the last six or seven weeks they have been excellent and put in some really great performances.
“They have been setting themselves really high standards.
“While we would like a few more wins in the league it is always nice to win cup matches and pleasing to see.”
He added: “The all-round performance levels have been a big positive.
“We have a philosophy which is the same as the first team where we like to pass the ball and dominate possession.
“We have been doing that very well these past few games.
“It was great to win on penalties on Wednesday because it is a learning curve and a good experience for the lads to win in a different way like that.
“Now the lads have set that high standard, it is up to them to keep playing to that standard.”
Amble East End Juniors Under-Sevens pictured in their new Mitre Delta Hoodies sponsored by Premier Store, Queen Street Convenience Store. Picture: STEVE MILLER