Gate cooking on Gaz as Lewis bags a brace

SET-PIECE SPECIAL: Gate's Nigel Taylor opens the scoring with an unstoppable free-kick
SET-PIECE SPECIAL: Gate's Nigel Taylor opens the scoring with an unstoppable free-kick
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Alsager 0, Squires Gate 4

Gate recorded their second win in three days, both with clean sheets, thanks to four second-half goals.

The visitors were well on top in the first half but could not break through, Gaz Lewis going closest with a shot which struck a post and bounced across goal to safety.

Against the run of play, Neil Beesley was called upon to make a full-stretch diving save to turn a shot away for a corner, then leapt above the crowd to punch clear.

Gate continued to push their hosts back in the second half and only had to wait three minutes to break the deadlock.

Scott Harries weaved his way through the defence and was brought down just outside the penalty area.

Up stepped captain and free-kick specialist Nigel Taylor to hammer his shot beyond the wall and keeper Alex Langridge, and into the top corner.

Gate doubled their lead seven minuters later, when Lewis’ lob into the box fooled everyone and bounced into the net.

The home team tried to hit back but left gaps, resulting in another two Gate goals in three minutes.

First Harries collected a clearance by the Alsager keeper to race 30 yards unchallenged and make it 3-0 after 72 minutes.

Then Lewis broke down the left and cut inside to fire home his second.

It took some fine goalkeeping by Langridge to deny Gate more but Russ McKenna’s side will take great heart from three wins out of four ahead of Wednesday’s trip to St Helens Town .

Gate: Beesley, Richards, Horn, Taylor, Bartlett, McKendrick, Shelmerdine, Harries, Harvie, Mayers, Lewis; subs: Thomas, Adjei, McCann, Fishwick, McKenna.