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Gateshead fail to get the breaks; BLUE SQUARE PREMIER.

Byline: Steve Brown

York City ............................................. 1 Gateshead .......................................... 0 HAVE a break? Not at Kit Kat Crescent, not this time.

Gateshead dominated much of last night's Blue Square Premier clash at in-form York City. They deserved at least a draw, at least.

Yet for all their superiority - close to unchallenged in the second half - the rub of the green was not theirs.

header, was. From the very outset, that looked the only outcome.

Inside the opening 60 seconds Michael Rankine rattled a shot off Paul Farman's legs and Craig Baxter blocked Chris Carruthers' follow-up, before Rankine sprang the offside trap on five minutes and beat Farman - but saw his effort hacked clear by Phil Cave.

You smelt blood, and after innocuous openings at the other end saw Andy Haworth then Peter Winn fire well wide, the Minstermen maintained their early momentum. Neil Barrett, Levi Mackin and Rankine all shot off target, but on 25 minutes City forged in front.

Carruthers' right-wing corner was headed powerfully at goal by Michael Gash, and Lawless glanced the ball past Farman.

The Gateshead goalkeeper made amends at the end of the first half, pushing away a Rankine piledriver, but by then the away side had rallied commendably. Daryl Clare curled a free-kick inches wide, Gate's diving header from Phil Turnbull's cross darted behind and Haworth cut in from the right and drove straight at York's ex-Sunderland goalkeeper Michael Ingham. After half-time, Gateshead did not relent. Six minutes in Haworth ran at goal and unleashed a long-range effort that flew wide and, after Barrett did likewise at the other end, the Tynesiders really began to dominate.

On the hour Clare headed Winn's cross wide, seconds later Armand One blasted over from 25 yards and on 64 minutes York captain Daniel Parslow almost headed Baxter's long throw past into his own net.

Instead, the ball went behind, and from the resulting corner Gateshead might, and really should, have equalised.

Winn's flag kick was headed goalwards by Chris Swailes, City defender James Meredith blocked on the line and Swailes stabbed his follow-up over the bar from nigh-on under it.

Later Baxter fired a free-kick over and Gate hooked Alex Francis' corner too high, and Adam Smith and Carruthers went close at the opposite end. That Swailes opportunity was the one. Like the game in general, a great opportunity missed.

YORK: Ingham, Parslow, McGurk, Graham, Meredith, Lawless (Smith 61), Barrett (Ferrell 82), Mackin, Carruthers, Gash (Gall 78), Rankine. Subs (not used): Mimms, Berry.

Booked: Ferrell. Goals: Lawless 25. GATESHEAD: Farman, Baxter, Swailes, Williams, Cave, Haworth (Phillips 71), Turnbull, Gate, Winn (Francis 86), Clare, One (Mackay 82). Subs (not used): Provett, Pelonde. Ref: J Collins (Wales) Att: 2,302
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Nov 25, 2009
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