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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).

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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, AFC Telford United 0, Gateshead 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, Gateshead.

  4. Booking

    Lynden Gooch (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Substitution

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

  6. Substitution

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

  7. Post update

    Corner, Gateshead.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Gateshead.

  9. Substitution

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

  10. Post update

    Corner, AFC Telford United.

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Glenn Matthews (AFC Telford United).

  13. Post update

    Carl Finnigan (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Godfrey Poku (AFC Telford United).

  15. Post update

    Rob Ramshaw (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

  16. Second Half

    Second Half begins AFC Telford United 0, Gateshead 1.

  17. Half Time

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

  18. Post update

    Corner, AFC Telford United.

  19. Post update

    Corner, AFC Telford United.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Craig Baxter (Gateshead).