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09 March 2019 Venue Gateshead International Stadium Attendance

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Preview | Gateshead (a)

8 March 2019

Vanarama National League – The Gateshead International Stadium – Saturday 9th March 2019 – KO: 15:00

Barnet will be hoping to return to winning ways after Tuesday night’s defeat to Halifax Town when they travel to Gateshead on Saturday.

Last Meeting:

The Bees will be looking to inflict revenge on tomorrow’s opposition after losing 2-1 when the Heed came to The Hive London earlier on in the season.

Jack Taylor cancelled out Scott Boden’s 20th minute opener just shy of the hour mark before Luke Armstrong bagged the winner with 13 minutes remaining.

Manager: Ben Clark

Ben Clark was named Gateshead’s permanent boss in January following the departure of Steve Watson and is yet to taste defeat in his new role.

After progressing in the youth set-up at Manchester United and Sunderland, the 36-year-old eventually went on to make a handful of senior appearances for the latter. He then played for Hartlepool before spending six years at Gateshead, featuring over 250 times. He also skippered the Tynesiders and helped them to a National League play-off final finish in 2014. Injury forced him to retire in 2016 whilst at South Shields before he took up a coaching role at the Heed.

One to Watch: Steven Rigg

Striker Steven Rigg will be going into tomorrow’s game in high spirits, hoping to prolong his recent goal scoring form.

The 26-year-old, who has eight goals to his name this season, has bagged three in his last three and will be hoping for a fourth in as many games tomorrow.

Rigg also has EFL experience under his belt having spent two separate spells in League Two with Carlisle United.

Recent League Form:

Gateshead, who occupy the final play-off spot in seventh, are unbeaten in their previous five league games.

A 2-1 win away at Dover at the start of February was followed up by a 0-0 draw at home to Havant & Waterlooville in their next fixture. However, they returned to winning ways a week later, beating Dagenham & Redbridge 2-0 before settling for a 1-1 draw at home to Wrexham. They go into tomorrow’s game off the back of a victory though, beating Aldershot Town 2-0 at the weekend.

As for their home form, the Heed have won seven of their 18 league games at the Gateshead International Stadium this season but are yet to taste victory on home soil in 2019. They have also bagged 46 goals, conceding 33.

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Match Reports

Report | Gateshead 2-1 Barnet FC

9 March 2019

10-man Barnet fell to defeat in the North East, as Gateshead rallied in the second half to pick up all three points.

Barnet started on the front foot and two minutes in Dan Sparkes delivered a cross into Ephron Mason-Clark but he had his shot blocked.

Steven Rigg would head Connor Thomson's cross wide at the near post before a Barnet corner from Medy Elito was headed goalbound by Dan Sweeney but flicked over on the line by Robbie Tinkler.

Sparkes whipped in another cross with 13 minutes gone, he found Mason-Clark but he put his free header straight at Aynsley Pears in the Gateshead goal.

The Bees took a 24th-minute lead when Shaq Coulthirst played a delightful ball over the top of the Gateshead defence, setting up Mason-Clark who made no mistake, slotting past Pears from close range.

Gateshead should have levelled shortly after, Rigg getting in behind but his first shot hit the post and his instant rebound went wide with the goal gaping.

Just before the break, the match would swing back into the host's favour when Coulthirst was shown a second yellow card for apparent simulation in the middle of the field.

The hosts found the equaliser three minutes after the restart. Greg Olley got on the end of a cross from Thomson and slid the ball past Mark Cousins from close range.

Mason-Clark had a chance to double his tally when he got on the end of a Callum Reynolds cross, but his header was cleared in the goalmouth.

Mike Williamson gave the ball away soon after the hour mark, setting Mason-Clark through two-on-one, the young winger raced at goal but could only hit the side netting.

Cousins was forced into a great save in the 68th minute when Jon Mellish's header was deflected, forcing the Barnet number 1 to shift his body weight and quickly get down low to his bottom left corner to hook the ball clear.

The hosts applied more pressure on the 10-man Bees and took the lead when Tom White curled home from the edge of the box in the 72nd minute.

Barnet were now the ones chasing the game, looking for an equaliser. Elito produced a great ball for Johnson who in turn crossed in towards Mason-Clark but Pears beat him to it.

By the dying stages, the Bees were now throwing it all at Gateshead, including moving Sweeney into an advanced position but it would come to no avail, the Heed would pick up all three points and remain unbeaten under their new manager Ben Clark.

Barnet - Cousins, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds, Coulthirst, Sparkes, H. Taylor, Boucaud (Charles 77), Elito, Sweeney, Mason-Clark (Tarpey 83)

Unused - Matrevics, Fonguck, Tutonda

Attendance - 665 (115 Barnet)

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