Gateshead 3 – 2 Motherwell

Saturday, July 8, 2017
Gateshead 3 – 2 Motherwell

Motherwell suffered their first defeat of pre-season at the hands of Gateshead – slumping to a 3-2 defeat at the International Stadium.

Arriving on the back of consecutive 2-0 victories, Robinson’s side contained five summer recruits in the shape of Gaël Bigirimana, Craig Tanner, Alex Fisher, Charles Dunne and Cédric Kipré.

Goals from Andy Rose and Ryan Bowman, bagging against his former employers, were too little too late for the travelling ‘Well.

However, Robinson’s men cruised through the opening half hour, and much of the match, but somehow couldn’t find the breakthrough until the final few minutes thanks to a number of wonder-saves from Dan Hanford in the Tyneside goal.

Despite few opportunities, the hosts managed to snatch the lead five minutes before half time.

Macauley Langstaff capitalised on a moment of miscommunication in the ‘Well backline to strike a low effort on target. A fortunate deflection took the ball past Russell Griffiths and, despite Tait’s best efforts to scoop the ball away from the goalmouth, the referee awarded the goal.

The Fir Parkers got off on the front foot in the second period against an entirely different Tyneside eleven. Carl McHugh’s goal bound header was tipped over the bar by substitute stopper James Montgomery a minute after the restart.

A number of changes saw the introduction of Rose, Elliott Frear and Ross MacLean as the Steelmen searched for an equaliser.

However, Robinson’s men found themselves two behind when Kieran Green released a stunning effort beyond Griffiths in to the far corner.

Soon it was three when the hosts experienced another slice of luck – this time Tom White’s effort deflected wickedly beyond Griffiths with just 15 minutes remaining.

Bowman had a number of opportunities to respond for the visitors, with the creativity and delivery from substitute Frear proving too much for the Gateshead defence.

The striker eventually took his chance in the 90th minute when he headed home Frear’s cross to bag his fourth goal in as many games.

New arrival Andy Rose made it 3-2 in the dying seconds when he tapped home from two yards, but it was too little, too late for the Lanarkshire outfit, who face Barrow on Tuesday night in their final friendly ahead of the Betfred Cup opener against Queen’s Park.

Motherwell: Griffiths, Tait, Hammell, Heneghan, Bigirimana, McHugh, Bowman, Fisher, Dunne, Kipré, Tanner

Subs: Morrison, Cadden, Frear, Rose, McMillan, MacLean, Turnbull

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