The Non-League Football Paper - - VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE - By Dave Lawrence

GATESHEAD boss Neil Aspin praised mid­field pow­er­house Gus Mafuta af­ter he helped his side to vic­tory at an in-form Soli­hull.

But he ad­mit­ted that the for­mer Bris­tol City trainee had needed a kick up the back­side!

Mafuta laid on Nyall Bell for Gateshead’s 22nd minute opener and would have added his name to the scoresheet had it not been for a fine save from Moors keeper Danny Lewis mid­way through the sec­ond half.

It was left to sub­sti­tute Sam Jones to wrap up the win in in­jury time with a cheeky back­heel. Aspin said: “There were play­ers out there who hadn’t played a lot of foot­ball like Gus Mafuta who did well – he’s not played a lot of foot­ball and has been waiting for his chance. “He’s come back into the team and done well. He did well in the two Bar­row games and he’s fol­lowed that up again to­day.

“Gus is a good player with good at­tributes but he needs a reg­u­lar kick up the back­side and it’s up to me to do that. When he plays at his best he is a real pow­er­house.”

Bell’s opener was the first ef­fort on tar­get from ei­ther side, his 15-yard drive giv­ing Lewis no chance.

Lewis was then called on to keep out shots from Mafuta and Luke Han­nant as the game wore on be­fore the vis­i­tors wrapped up the win in in­jury time when Jones cheek­ily guided the ball past the wrong-footed keeper. Soli­hull man­ager Liam McDon­ald ad­mit­ted the bet­ter side won. “I feel dis­ap­pointed for the play­ers,” he said. “We knew it was go­ing to be tough but we looked a lit­tle bit tired and we didn’t do our­selves jus­tice. “We’ve been poor and we’ve been beaten fair and square by the bet­ter team on the day.”

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