James Marwood's first-half goal clinched victory for Gateshead over Hereford and kept them on course for the Conference Premier play-offs.

Hereford's Michael Rankine and Luke Graham both went close to putting the home side ahead but could not finish.

Marwood gave the visitors the lead with his 13th of the season when he slid the ball home from inside the box.

Billy Murphy almost rescued a point for the Bulls after the break but he was denied by keeper Adam Bartlett.

Hereford slip down a place into the relegation places following the result, whereas Gateshead stay fourth.

Gateshead manager Gary Mills told BBC Newcastle:

"I absolutely love a 1-0 win away from home, I think it's the best result you can have.

"I thought we were excellent. When we needed to defend, we did it superbly. Our goalkeeper Adam Bartlett pulled off some unbelievable saves to help us keep a clean sheet.

"I am delighted for my players because although we've picked up the results, we haven't played how we know we can, but we were back to it today and superb from start to finish.

"We have just got to keep winning. We have given ourselves a chance because we've won six out of seven and taken 19 points from 21."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (3)

Hereford United

  • 21 Lloyd-Weston
  • 02 Leadbitter
  • 06 Graham
  • 12 Collins
  • 04 James
  • 07 Purdie
  • 33 Murphy Booked
  • 18 Pilkington (Brown - 7' )
  • 16 Artus (Smith - 71' )
  • 15 Rankine
  • 32 Bowen Booked (Williams - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Smith
  • 22 Edge
  • 30 Williams
  • 03 Bush
  • 17 Brown

Gateshead

  • 01 Bartlett
  • 16 Baxter
  • 05 Curtis
  • 06 Clark
  • 02 Magnay Booked
  • 25 Maddison Booked
  • 38 O'Donnell
  • 04 Chandler
  • 08 Turnbull Booked
  • 18 Marwood
  • 29 Oster

Substitutes

  • 21 Ramshaw
  • 07 Larkin
  • 35 Noble
  • 11 Cummins
  • 17 Walker
Ref: Daniel Cook
Att: 1,783

Match Stats

Shots

10 11

On target

5 5

Corners

0 0

Fouls

14 6

Live Text Commentary

+3:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Hereford United 0, Gateshead 1.

90:00 +3:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Hereford United 0, Gateshead 1.

88:00 Booking

Booking Phillip Turnbull (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:56

Foul by Phillip Turnbull (Gateshead).

87:56

Cory Williams (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

87:07

Foul by Cory Williams (Hereford United).

87:07

Carl Magnay (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

85:42

Attempt saved. James Marwood (Gateshead) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

84:50

Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (Hereford United).

84:50

JJ O'Donnell (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

82:10

Corner, Gateshead.

81:32

Attempt saved. Sam Smith (Hereford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

80:44

Foul by Billy Murphy (Hereford United).

80:44

James Marwood (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

78:24 Booking

Booking Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

78:19

Foul by Marcus Maddison (Gateshead).

78:19

Dominic Collins (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

77:56

Attempt missed. Ben Clark (Gateshead) header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Phillip Turnbull with a cross.

77:00

Foul by Cory Williams (Hereford United).

77:00

Carl Magnay (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

75:21

Offside, Gateshead. JJ O'Donnell tries a through ball, but JJ O'Donnell is caught offside.

74:26

Foul by Sam Smith (Hereford United).

74:26

Carl Magnay (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

73:10

Attempt saved. Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

72:21

Attempt missed. Dominic Collins (Hereford United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Billy Murphy with a cross.

71:43 Booking

Booking Carl Magnay (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

71:39

Foul by Carl Magnay (Gateshead).

71:39

Michael Rankine (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

70:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Cory Williams replaces Jarrod Bowen.

70:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Sam Smith replaces Frankie Artus.

69:21 Booking

Booking Jarrod Bowen (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

69:13

Foul by Jarrod Bowen (Hereford United).

69:13

Carl Magnay (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

68:27

Offside, Gateshead. Marcus Maddison tries a through ball, but Marcus Maddison is caught offside.

63:16

Corner, Gateshead.

61:22

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

58:36

Foul by Michael Rankine (Hereford United).

58:36

James Curtis (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

57:26

Foul by Jarrod Bowen (Hereford United).

57:26

James Marwood (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

56:38

Attempt missed. Jonathan Brown (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

55:06

Corner, Hereford United.

54:50

Corner, Hereford United.

54:32

Attempt blocked. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Frankie Artus.

54:16

Corner, Hereford United.

54:04

Attempt saved. Billy Murphy (Hereford United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

53:13

Attempt missed. Ben Clark (Gateshead) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high from a direct free kick.

52:40

Foul by Rob Purdie (Hereford United).

52:40

Craig Baxter (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

46:08

Attempt saved. Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

45:23

Foul by Rob Purdie (Hereford United).

45:23

James Marwood (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

45:00

Second Half begins Hereford United 0, Gateshead 1.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Hereford United 0, Gateshead 1.

44:43

Attempt missed. Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

43:42 Booking

Booking Billy Murphy (Hereford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:30

Foul by Billy Murphy (Hereford United).

43:30

Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

41:21

Corner, Gateshead.

39:08

Attempt missed. Jamie Chandler (Gateshead) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by John Oster.

38:32

Corner, Gateshead.

36:59

Corner, Hereford United.

36:42

Corner, Hereford United.

35:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Hereford United 0, Gateshead 1. James Marwood (Gateshead) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal.

33:50

Attempt saved. Dominic Collins (Hereford United) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Frankie Artus.

33:16

Corner, Hereford United.

24:48

Corner, Gateshead.

24:25

Attempt saved. Carl Magnay (Gateshead) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

23:11

Attempt missed. Jamie Chandler (Gateshead) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

22:02

Attempt missed. Dominic Collins (Hereford United) header from the left side of the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

21:24

Foul by John Oster (Gateshead).

21:24

Michael Rankine (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

20:51

Foul by Marcus Maddison (Gateshead).

20:51

Rob Purdie (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

19:21

Foul by Dominic Collins (Hereford United).

19:21

James Marwood (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

13:13

Attempt missed. Marcus Maddison (Gateshead) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

8:03

Offside, Gateshead. Marcus Maddison tries a through ball, but Marcus Maddison is caught offside.

7:30

Attempt missed. Luke Graham (Hereford United) header from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Frankie Artus.

7:10

Corner, Hereford United.

7:01

Attempt saved. Michael Rankine (Hereford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

6:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hereford United. Jonathan Brown replaces Danny Pilkington because of an injury.

6:13

Foul by Marcus Maddison (Gateshead).

6:13

Kingsley James (Hereford United) wins a free kick.

5:20

Corner, Gateshead.

4:06

Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (Hereford United).

4:06

JJ O'Donnell (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

0:28

Foul by Rob Purdie (Hereford United).

0:28

Jamie Chandler (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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