29th March 2014 Gateshead won 1-0
I can’t believe that it has been over a month since I wrote my last blog therefore I knew that I had to rectify that.
Since that I have been 6 matches 3 of them being at Gateshead also I have been to a new ground for me which is Sunderland RCA’s ground. I have reminded myself though why Northern League games aren’t great to photograph when it comes to the mid week fixtures. This is due to the floodlights that are at the grounds but of course I know that it’s not the clubs fault as they have to have the floodlights that they can afford. This sort of situation is being made worse by the FA cutting funds for grassroots.
As for the Gateshead vs Braintree game, the weather, how come when the weather forecast says that there will be some sun during the actual match time that the reality is there’s no sun at all? Still what it really meant for me was that I wouldn’t be able to take photos when the players are near the half way line so I would have to wait until they were nearer the 18 yard box in order to get some decent shots.
At a match you really have to pick a spot where to be for hopefully some good if not great photo opportunities, unfortunately though we can’t tell the players how often they should get into the areas of the pitch that would be best for us photographers. So there can and will be long periods of the match when you aren’t even able to take a single photo. That certainly was the case for me throughout most of the first half, I think that I only took about 78 photos during the first half compared to around 150 that I would have normally taken.
At the end of the first half I also suffered a bit of a disaster. The battery in my camera had died, normally I wouldn’t worry about this as I have a spare battery in my case. Well it turned out that my spare battery was actually still in my house. So at half time I left the ground and drove all the way back home to Chester-le-Street then showing my dedication I drove back to the stadium (as quickly as the legal speed limits would allow). I got back in time for another quiet spell then Gateshead really started the pressure on the Braintree defence.
I did manage to get some good photos and also I was there in time to capture JJ O’Donnell score a late winner, and to top that off the club have used my photo of his shot and a celebration photo on the match report. Martin Avery did tell me later that JJ got emotional as he was shedding tears but I did think it was strange that he headed to the away fans to celebrate.
Gateshead are now 3rd in the Skrill Conference Premier League and are looking more promising in securing the play off place. Suppose it could be classed as the Road to Wembley?
Equipment used: Nikon D7000, Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 lens, velbon monopod, Peli 1510, Black Rapid Cargo (RS-5)