Gateshead Ladies marked their return to winning ways with a comfortable victory over Consett Ladies, running out 5-2 winners on Tyneside.
Gateshead, despite dominating large parts of the first half, were pegged back on two occasions.
Consett were the fastest out of the blocks however, with their number nine dispossessing Carly Salmon in the Gateshead goal and firing a left footed shot wide inside the opening minute.
Kicking Gateshead ladies into action, Jasmin Badillo unlocked the Consett back line with a searching through ball, allowing Jade Anderson to race through and net the opener after just two minutes played.
The early pressure from Gateshead continued, however it was Consett who struck back just six minutes later, with a fine finish under the on-rushing Salmon from the Consett number seven.
Gateshead continued to dominate, but it took until the 25th minute before they retook the lead. A searching ball in behind the Consett centre backs was headed down by Anderson to take her through on goal, where she rounded the keeper and finished with into the empty net.
Gateshead’s lead again did not last long, as the ball flashed across the box and was drilled into the bottom left by the Consett number seven, giving the keeper no chance.
In keeping with the afternoon’s ever-changing narrative, Gateshead again were back in front after a flurry of missed chances. It took a looping corner, bundled in at the back post by Montserrat Lomeli to give the hosts a deserved lead at the break.
In what was a furious first half filled with chances for both sides, the second half by comparison was much tamer. The hosts dominated the ball but lacked cutting edge.
It took two moments of magic to extend the Gateshead lead, the first coming in the 62nd minute as Olivia Black drifted inside from the left, worked space onto her first and lasered a shot into the bottom corner to extend their lead to 4-2.
Perhaps the pick of the goals, Lomeli grabbed her second of the game with a brilliant strike from 25 yards out.
A mix of great game management and two wonderful goals saw the opposition limited to few chances and Gateshead leaving with a convincing victory which will delight the players and staff following last week’s draw.
Report by Callum Davies & Daniel Wales.