SMITH HAS A WILL TO WIN IN LAST GASP BRETT

The Non-League Football Paper - - VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE - By Jeff Bowron

MAN­AGER­LESS Gateshead once again im­ploded at the death on home soil as Brom­ley en­joyed a great week on the road thanks to a last-gasp win­ner from su­per­sub Brett Wil­liams.

The Ravens strug­gled on Ty­ne­side tak­ing over an hour to regis­ter their first at­tempt at goal, 77 min­utes their first cor­ner.

Gateshead played more foot­ball un­der stand-in boss Micky Cum­mins, and de­servedly led through Danny John­son’s 68th minute header.

The Heed, how­ever, just can’t seem to put games to bed th­ese days, and they paid the price when the Ravens swooped to score twice late in the game.

Louis Den­nis lev­elled six min­utes from time af­ter a penalty had wrongly been awarded fol­low­ing a Scott Bar­row chal­lenge in the box.

The full­back won the ball against Jack Hol­land but was pe­nalised and af­ter that a rat­tled Gateshead fell apart.

A tooth­less Brom­ley were sud­denly caus­ing the Ty­nesiders all kinds of prob­lems, and they pinched the win­ner three min­utes into stop­page time.

Sub­sti­tute Wil­liams, so of­ten the Heed’s neme­sis in the past, glee­fully headed home with fel­low re­place­ment Adam Mekki with both as­sists.

“We didn’t get go­ing at all in the first half,” ad­mit­ted Brom­ley man­ager Neil Smith.

“Gateshead dom­i­nated us, but putting de­fender Hol­land up top changed it. “We had two tar­gets rather than the one. Gateshead’s sup­port­ers were fan­tas­tic and got be­hind their team and it was tough for us. “Last week­end we were on the re­ceiv­ing end of a late goal, so for us to get a win here through a late win­ner was bril­liant. “We weren’t great by any means but we came away with three points and it has been two great re­sults on the road.” Gateshead, look­ing for a re­place­ment for Neil Aspin who took over at Port Vale this week, have now won only one of their last 10 games. Nei­ther goal­keeper had a save to make in a goal­less first half, Bar­row miss­ing a great chance 20 min­utes in when he shot into the sidenet­ting. John­son’s back post header from Richard Peniket’s cross gave the Heed hope, Den­nis wide when wellplaced as Brom­ley fi­nally upped the ante.

Bar­row’s al­leged foul on Hol­land brought the equaliser from the spot, Hol­land and Rus­sell Penn just wide be­fore Wil­liams headed home Mekki’s late cross.

“If you erase the last eight or nine min­utes it was okay,” said Heed care­taker boss Cum­mins. “The play­ers did ev­ery­thing I asked of them.

“You can’t leg­is­late for de­ci­sion mak­ing, they’re grown men. The penalty was very harsh but we’ve got a soft un­der­belly and it came back to cost us.”

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