Gateshead manager Neil Aspin spoke of his relief as his side ended a disappointing home campaign with a deserved win over Bromley.

The Heed had lost four games on the bounce at the International Stadium ahead of the Ravens’ visit, but they set about their business quickly and impressively.

Danny Johnson opened the scoring 12 minutes in, before Josh Gillies drove home a fabulous second midway through the first-half.gateshead

Substitute Adam Coombes pulled one back for Bromley five minutes after the break, but Gillies restored the Tynesiders’ two-goal advantage with a deft finish from a tight angle.

Victory takes the Heed back up to ninth in the Vanarama National League, ahead of next week’s curtain-closer at Chester.

Aspin felt his side were worthy of the three points, only the fifth time all season they have won by more than a one-goal margin.

He said: “We certainly needed it, because we all know our home form has been terrible.

“We wanted to make sure we won the last one – at least that way you go out on a high note, not a sour note.

“I thought we played some nice football today. We passed the ball well and had a threat, especially in the first-half.

“The way we have conceded goals, I felt we needed a third before half-time.

“But, as I say, we moved the ball well and created chances.

“It was pleasing. As well as not defending well enough at home, we’ve not scored enough goals either.”

Having seen his side concede eight goals in their last three outings at the International Stadium, Aspin was satisfied with their defensive display against the Ravens.

The boss took time to reflect on the season gone by, and spoke of his determination to build on a far better day at the office.

He said: “We’ve had 23 games at home, but we’ve only been able to keep four clean sheets – so, that’s the top and bottom of why we’ve not been successful here.

“It’s not a case blaming anyone in particular, because you defend as a team. We know that has to be addressed next season.

“But, the players could only do what they could today, and that was to get the three points.

“In general, we kept a higher line, and kept the opposition at arm’s length more than we have done recently.”


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