Losing run extends to six games in a row

BRODS’ losing sequence in North One East was extended to six matches with a potentially damaging defeat at the hands of the next-to-bottom side.

Ian Armitage’s men were desperate for a boost before next Saturday’s home derby against Old Crossleyans.

However, although they matched the home side in many aspects of the game they were “nilled” for the second week running.

The boot of home No 10 Jonathan Foster was a key factor on a heavy pitch, Brods facing a slight breeze in the first half.

The visitors started brightly with returning No 8 Luke Scrimshaw to the fore but Foster kicked Gateshead in front on 10 minutes with a penalty for not releasing the ball in the tackle.

It stayed at 3-0 for the remainder of an even first half but Foster doubled the lead five minutes into the second half after the visitors had handled in a ruck.

Territory and possession was shared, young fullback Dan Wood missing a couple of shots at goal for Brods.

The Hipperholme side had a great chance to get back into the contest when James Marshall kicked ahead and Matty Hoyle knocked on over the try line.

The visitors got the ball over the line for a second time after hammering away through the forwards but the referee was on the other side of the ruck and unable to see the touchdown.

Foster’s third penalty made it 9-0 and in the closing seconds open side James Broadbent picked up a loose ball and ran 25 metres to complete the scoring.

Brods’ unhappy afternoon was rounded off by another injury to luckless James Dale - a suspected broken collar bone.