Gateshead Fall At Final Hurdle Despite Dominating Possession
It was so near and yet so fat for Gateshead, as despite dominating possession they fell at the final hurdle to Cambridge.
Predictably both teams were cautious in terms of committing too many players forward early on, but after a nervy start it was Gateshead who played the better football as Cambridge preferred to hit it long.
Gateshead notched up an astonishing 64% of possession to Cambridge’s 36%, while they also had 17 shots compared to Cambridge’s 8, according to BBC Sport.
However, the Tyneside club lacked real penetration and Gary Mills will look at his team’s inability to cross the ball with any quality as the major factor in falling short.
In fact it was from more or less the only quality cross of their 100 minutes that Gateshead scored their goal, Hatch seeing his header saved but Lester on hand to head home.
However, by that 80th minute Cambridge had already gone two up, the first from a badly defended corner and the second a brilliant free-kick from one time Newcastle youngster Ryan Donaldson, who was at Gateshead only last season.
Due to a bad injury and lengthy stoppage to allow Cambridge’s Miller to be carried from the pitch, Gateshead then had seven minutes injury time which started after 93 minutes after Miller had departed.
Unfortunately they couldn’t find a moment of inspiration and emergency centre-back turned centre-forward Curtis came closest with a glancing header.
A crowd of 19,613 enjoyed their day in the sun but Gateshead and their fans travel home with plenty of pride but no place in the football league.
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