Adam Campbell celebrates opening the scoring against Gateshead

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Gateshead 1 (Maddison 75)

Newcastle United XI 2 (Campbell 20, 82)

Adam Campbell's brace earned a Newcastle United XI a 2-1 victory away at Gateshead on Friday night.

The diminuitive striker notched either side of half-time with a couple of clinical close-range finishes to settle the pre-season friendly at the International Stadium.

The result was harsh on Gateshead, who created some excellent openings and deservedly equalised through former Magpie Marcus Maddison, only for Campbell to reply minutes later with the winner.

As well as Campbell, United also had goalkeeper Jak Alnwick to thank for the win, as the young stopper produced a handful of outstanding saves to keep the hosts at bay.

The Heed made a bright start and Alnwick was forced into action early on, flying full length to his right to beat away James Brown's fierce half-volley.

Former Watford and Middlesbrough midfielder Josh Walker was next to try his luck but couldn't direct his low, long-range effort on target, while Brown flicked a header wide shortly after.

And having weathered the storm, United took the lead on 20 minutes with their first chance of the evening.

Dan Gosling's near-post corner was acrobatically flicked goalwards by Conor Newton for Adam Campbell to turn home unmarked inside the six-yard box.

The hosts hit back and only the brilliance of Alnwick kept Newcastle's lead in tact, as the Academy product brilliantly tipped Adam Boyes' volley to safety when it look to be heading for the back of the net.

And when Micky Cummins took aim from 25 yards with half-time approaching, only the slightest of deflections took the ball inches the wrong side of the upright.

United made two changes at the break, with Jonathyn Quinn and Steven Logan replacing Romain Amalfitano and Rolando Aarons, and they could have doubled their advantage within seven minutes of the restart.

Breaking at pace, Haris Vuckic's centre was met by Conor Newton but the flame-haired midfielder side-footed wide when he should have hit the target.

At the other end, Walker wasn't too far away with a low, long-ranger, and the midfielder thought he had finally equalised just past the hour mark when his 20-yard free-kick was heading for the top corner, only for the intervention of Alnwick, who brilliantly clawed it away.

On 66 minutes, Campbell went close to his second of the match but couldn't get enough curl on his effort to trouble Heed keeper Adam Bartlett.

And they were made to pay as former Magpie Marcus Maddison bagged a deserved equaliser for the hosts. Receiving the ball on the edge of the area, the winger sent a classy first-time strike into the top corner.

Having levelled, Gateshead almost snatched the lead immediately as Adam Boyes raced clear down the left and sent a shot across the face of goal, but saw it strike the foot of the post and roll to safety.

They were left to rue that miss with eight minutes remaining as Campbell's second of the evening secured victory for the visitors.

There looked little on when Haris Vuckic found the front man inside the box, but Campbell wriggled clear of two defenders before planting an unstoppable strike past Bartlett.

 

Gateshead (4-4-2): Adam Bartlett; Craig Baxter, Ben Clark, Carl Magnay (Liam Hatch 86), Luke O'Brien; Rob Ramshaw (Jamie Chandler 57), Josh Walker, Phil Turnbull, Micky Cummins (Marcus Maddison 57); Adam Boyes, James Brown (James Marwood 57)

Subs not used: Jordan Nixon

 

Newcastle United XI (4-2-3-1): Jak Alnwick (Jonathan Mitchell 71); Jamie Sterry, Remie Streete, Lubo Satka, Curtis Good; Conor Newton, Dan Gosling (Olivier Kemen 68); Roland Aarons (Steven Logan 46), Haris Vuckic, Romain Amalfitano (Jonathyn Quinn 46); Adam Campbell

Subs not used: Jamie Sterry, Macauley Booth, Lewis Aird, Liam Smith, Tom Heardman