Gateshead Ladies secured their first win of the season last Sunday with a 4-3 victory against Chester le Street United Women as Carl Morrison and Hugo Djassi took charge of their first fixture.
Goals came in from Olivia Black, Kelly Moorhead, Charlotte Hoganson and Jessica Richardson, allowing them to hold onto the lead as Chester le Street tried to get back into the game with an 85th minute goal from Sarah Hutchieson.
“Getting that first game out the way and getting our first win under our belt, it’s massively pleasing,” said Morrison.
“It’s really pleasing to get the win, we made it hard for ourselves in the end and the game could have gone either way so I’m glad we’ve came out with the three points.
“It was a good balance of positives but also finding areas to work on during the week.
“We only had two sessions with the players prior to the match so we didn’t have a lot of time to get information and input across to the players beforehand.
“We went into the game going two goals up, the game was end to end but we allowed them to get back into it and that is one thing to look on.
“There is lots to learn, we have a great group of players who fought it out until the end.
“The players complimented each other well, the new girls who have just come in also performed well with two of the new girls scoring on their league debut.
“To get a win against a really good team was huge for us.
“They were the perfect opposition to play at the start of the season as we knew it was going to be a test.
“We saw a bit of everything against a team who were a threat with set pieces and had a mix of physical and technical players in their squad. It was overall great to play against them and it’s big to get a win against a team like that.”
Morrison’s side are back in action at home on Sunday afternoon, hosting a Spennymoor Town Ladies side who won 8-1 against West Allotment Celtic Ladies last time out.
“As a team we are going to try build blocks each game and do the basics right as the weeks go on,” continued Morrison.
“We want to add layers to the team and get our principles right, but we also don’t want to overload the girls.
“Spennymoor are a really good team so it’ll be another battle which we can look forward to.”