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Issac Kusaloka jinxes his way through the Maine Rd defence
Issac Kusaloka jinxes his way through the Maine Rd defence
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Gate avenged their FA Cup defeat by the Manchester visitors, and collected a much-needed second league win of the season.

Gate took control straight from kick-off, as Andy Harvie, Isaac Kusaloka and Sam Farrow all looked lively, the latter shaving the crossbar with a screaming shot after barely a minute.

Having got his sights in, Farrow gave the hosts the lead three minutes later, with a 12-yard shot which gave keeper Gregory Hall no chance.

The onslaught continued, but Gate could not capitalise on their dominance.

And they received a warning just before half-time, when Maine Road embarked on a rare venture into the Gate half, and Matty Warburton’s shot flew across the goalmouth, rebounding into keeper Neil Beesley’s arms off the far post.

Maine Road started the second half with more urgency, but Gate doubled their lead on 56 minutes, when Kusaloka controlled a cross and showed neat touches, before slotting the ball past the diving keeper.

But the visitors were back in the contest five minutes later, when Gate failed to clear a loose ball, and Warburton showed another glimpse of his quality with a neat finish.

Gate’s player manager Russ McKenna then took himself off in favour of the fresh legs of Johnathan Forbes, and Gate managed to hold on.

They remain in the bottom three of the North West Counties Premier, but they will hope to build on this gutsy display at mid-table Winsford on Saturday.

Steve McLellan

Gate: Beesley, Nay, Thomas, Baker, Botham, Benfield, Mckenna, Farrow, Kusaloka, Harvie, Tanser. Subs: Forbes, Miller, Thornley, Bamba, Taylor