Two-goal ace Langstaff applauds Heed's desire

Publication Date13 September 2021
Four of the Tynesiders' six Vanarama National League North games have been away from the North East, including three in the last week.

After a 3-3 draw at Southport last weekend and a narrow defeat at Leamington, Gateshead rounded off a tough week with victory at Kidderminster. Mike Williamson's men twice had a two-goal cushion at Aggborough but had to defend resolutely to earn an impressive 3-2 victory.

It was the Harriers' first defeat of the campaign, Macaulay Langstaff's brace and a Paul Blackett goal seeing the Heed home.

Eleven points have been garnered from the opening six games, a return that sees Gateshead in the top six, five points off the summit.

Langstaff has already plundered six goals and believes victory in the Midlands showed another side to their game.

He said: "To come to a side like this and perform as we did, we had to show a different side to our game.

"Normally we're a possessionbased team but we had to dig in really deep and it was a massive three points.

"I'm just glad to get a run of games and score some goals, though with the number of chances we create I should be scoring more goals.

"We were disappointed with Tuesday's performance but to come to

Kidderminster, who will be up there, and get three points, was a good way to bounce back."

Gateshead scored early in both halves, Langstaff with the seventhminute opener from Robbie Tinkler's lofted through-ball.

It was only the second goal Kidderminster had conceded from open play and the Harriers' defence was to be breached twice more.

Langstaff, set up by Greg Olley, grabbed the second but indecision by Heed keeper Jacob Chapman was punished by Joe Foulkes' looping header.

That gave Harriers a lifeline, only for Blackett to score at the second attempt after his first angled shot had been saved by Luke Simpson.

Ashley Hemmings' back-post header set up a tense final half-hour that was successfully negotiated.

"Kidderminster is a very tough place to come to,"...

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