IAN Bogie was still happy with his Gateshead side despite watching them begin pre-season in losing fashion against League One promotion hopefuls Huddersfield Town.
The Tynesiders – preparing for another campaign in the Blue Square Premier – impressed during their friendly defeat at the International Stadium and pushed the Terriers, managed by former Newcastle midfielder Lee Clark, all the way.
Gateshead went down to a first-half strike from Newcastle-born Lee Novak but created good chances throughout and will be encouraged by the energetic display.
Debutant Mickey Cummings was unlucky to see a first-half shot come back off the post before the former Gateshead, Newcastle Blue Star and Gretna striker grabbed the match-winner.
However, Bogie looked at the positives on a day when he handed debuts to Sam Rents, Micky Cummings, Yemi Odubade and Eddie Odhiambo.
Chris Moore, an FA Trophy winner with Darlington last year, and Ewan Moyes – nephew of Everton boss David – also starred for the Tynesiders on trial.
Bogie reflected: “We’re disappointed with the goal we conceded from Lee Novak.
“It was a catalogue of errors and we didn’t get hold of the ball and didn’t defend well enough to stop the cross before allowing him to get a free header. It is about fine-tuning and fitness and making sure all of those errors are eradicated come August 13.
“From the fitness point of view a few lads played the full 90 minutes and I was pleased.” Former Whitley Bay ace Moore sparkled during the 1-0 loss and ex-Hartlepool youngster Phil Turnbull also impressed. Bogie added: “I have always said that Phil Turnbull is a key player.
“When he plays well, Gateshead play well.
“He is a key man in the centre of the park and keeps things ticking over, he has real quality and shows composure on the ball.”
Both Cummings and Moore had tested promising Huddersfield keeper Alex Smithies in the first half before a right wing cross from Connor Sellars – son of ex-Newcastle ace Scott – provided the centre for Novak to stoop low and nod past Paul Farman. Yemi Odubade should have equalised before the break but was denied by Smithies after missing from close range.
In the second half Donal McDermott almost doubled the lead just after the break for Huddersfield but was denied by second half sub keeper Tim Deasy.
And shortly after the hour mark Turnbull’s long range effort rolled narrowly past the post.
Exciting ex-Darlington and Whitley man Moore made a typical weaving run down the left towards the end of the game and forced a corner but Gateshead were unable to salvage an equaliser.
GATESHEAD (first half): Farman, Odhiamgo, Rents, Clark, Moyes, Turnbull, Cummings, Moore, Odubade, Shaw, Nix.
GATESHEAD (second half): Deasy, Baxter, Curtis, Moyes, Rents, Brittain, Gate, P Turnbull (Briggs 82) Nix, Moore, Mulligan.
HUDDERSFIELD (first half): Smithies, Kay, Gobern, Clarke, McCombe, Lee, Novak, Crooks, Chippendale, Pearson, Sellars.
HUDDERSFIELD (second half): Smithies, Naysmith, Clarke, Cooper, Thackerey, Miller, McDermott, Simpson, Clarke, Spencer, Atkinson.
Referee: Colin Webster (Chester-le-Street).