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AFC Telford United 0-1 Gateshead

Michael Rankine
Michael Rankine's tap-in was the striker's fourth goal of the season and his second in his last two games

Michael Rankine scored the only goal as Gateshead boosted their Conference play-off hopes by winning at Telford.

Rankine struck from close range to beat the bottom club after Carl Finnigan's effort had come back off the post.

Telford claimed Adam Farrell was bitten in a tangle with James Curtis, before Rankine almost doubled the Heed's advantage with a header off the bar.

Voting with their feet at the Bucks Head
The crowd of just 657 at the Bucks Head was the lowest for a league fixture since the club were reformed as AFC Telford in 2004. The Bucks' average home league crowd this season prior to the Gateshead game was 1,578.

Glenn Matthews had a penalty appeal turned down for the Bucks, who fell to their seventh defeat in eight games.

Telford's 25th loss in 39 Conference matches this season leaves them 15 points from safety with only seven games left to play.

Without a game this coming Saturday, Steve Kittrick's side could be relegated back to the Conference North as early as the trip to Dover on Saturday week (28 March).

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Kittrick on AFC Telford v Gateshead

AFC Telford United manager Steve Kittrick told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"Sometimes you don't get the rub of the green when you're down there but I was very pleased with the effort.

"Some teams have got more quality than us, but it's all about competing and we've done that.

"We've had 85 per cent chance of possession in the second half and, after the goal, Freddy Hall has not had a save to make."

"The team spirit is still good. All I ask from now until the end of the season is is that we put a shift in."

Line-ups

Telford

  • 25Hall
  • 4Byrne
  • 27Sharps
  • 20Poku
  • 26MatthewsBooked at 50mins
  • 6Grogan
  • 24Ventre
  • 10Gray
  • 30ReidSubstituted forDyerat 80'minutes
  • 11ClancySubstituted forDeaceyat 87'minutes
  • 9Farrell

Substitutes

  • 14Hancock
  • 19Deacey
  • 23Disney
  • 29Dyer
  • 31Montgomery

Gateshead

  • 1Bartlett
  • 26Gjokaj
  • 16Baxter
  • 25Pattison
  • 4Chandler
  • 5Curtis
  • 12Ramshaw
  • 28GoochBooked at 90mins
  • 9Shaw
  • 11FinniganSubstituted forSainte-Luceat 72'minutes
  • 19Rankine

Substitutes

  • 3Wilson
  • 13Baird
  • 14Morse
  • 27Sainte-Luce
  • 29Orrell
Referee:
Paul Rees
Attendance:
657

Match Stats

Home TeamTelfordAway TeamGateshead
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home2
Away3
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home13
Away13
Fouls
Home5
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, AFC Telford United 0, Gateshead 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, AFC Telford United 0, Gateshead 1.

Corner, Gateshead.

Booking

Lynden Gooch (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Telford United. Jordan Deacey replaces Sean Clancy.

Substitution

Substitution, AFC Telford United. Ross Dyer replaces Bradley Reid.

Corner, Gateshead.

Corner, Gateshead.

Substitution

Substitution, Gateshead. Kevin Sainte-Luce replaces Carl Finnigan because of an injury.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Booking

Glenn Matthews (AFC Telford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Glenn Matthews (AFC Telford United).

Carl Finnigan (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Foul by Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United).

Rob Ramshaw (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Second Half

Second Half begins AFC Telford United 0, Gateshead 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, AFC Telford United 0, Gateshead 1.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Foul by Craig Baxter (Gateshead).

Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Foul by Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United).

Lynden Gooch (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Chandler (Gateshead) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Rob Ramshaw (Gateshead) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Corner, AFC Telford United.

Foul by Danny Ventre (AFC Telford United).

Carl Finnigan (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Corner, Gateshead.

Corner, Gateshead.

Foul by Michael Rankine (Gateshead).

Michael Grogan (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Foul by Sean Clancy (AFC Telford United).

Rob Ramshaw (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Corner, Gateshead.

Attempt saved. Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Foul by Valentin Gjokaj (Gateshead).

Bradley Reid (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

Foul by Michael Rankine (Gateshead).

Freddy Hall (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

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