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LADIES | Morrison believes his side can win every game in the fight for a top-half finish
Thomas Hill
Author: Thomas Hill

6th April 2023

Gateshead Ladies manager Carl Morrison says his side remain focused on climbing the league table ahead of next Sunday’s visit to Chester-le-Street United.

Following an impressive 3-2 away win at third-placed Washington AFC Women, Gateshead sit one point behind their next opponents with three games in hand.

“I thought we were really good, although we never led until five minutes to go,” said Morrison.

The Heed fought back from behind twice before clinching a winner with just five minutes remaining.

“At 2-2, I still thought we were the better team, but you just think you’re going to go and score again or we’re going to have to come back from behind.”

“Alanah came off the bench and grabbed the winner, which was really pleasing.”

Substituted on with 15 minutes to go, Alanah Scott opened her account, with her first goal for Gateshead being a late winner.

“She [Alanah] has had a few appearances off the bench for us, and she has been unlucky not to score in a couple of games.”

“When she comes on, she always has an impact on the team, she plays in a role that she has not much experience in, but she did really well when she came on.”

“She did what we asked her to do, to get the winner. It will be massive for her confidence, and the first goal for the club.”

The result means Morrison’s side continues the push for a top-half finish, with five games remaining.

“The focus is to keep building on what we are doing, and try to finish as high up the table as we can.”

“We’re aiming to go out and try and win every game, and we are looking to keep that momentum going, for the next game away at Chester-le-Street.”

Despite three consecutive away games coming up for The Heed, Morrison’s side will be looking to maintain an excellent away record, with Morrison’s side having an unbeaten away league record until March.

However, two away defeats to Spennymoor Town and Wallsend last month ended Gateshead’s run of excellent form.

“Nobody likes losing, we’d lost two in a row. There were factors involved in one of those games, but ultimately we played who I believe are the best two teams in the league.”

“In the last game [Washington], we played the third-best team in the league, so it didn’t get any easier.”

“We knew we had to be on it when you’ve lost two in a row, you need to stop that run, and we were determined to do it.”

Also on the scoresheet was Crid Murray, who scored the initial equaliser to make it 1-1 between the two sides. 

Murray now has 22 goals to her name, setting a new Gateshead Ladies record for scoring in 10 consecutive league games in the process.

In the reverse fixture, Gateshead came out as 4-3 winners over Chester-le-Street United, in what was an entertaining affair in South Tyneside.

Morrison will be hoping The Heed build on their winning ways on Sunday, April 16.

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