Five days which is an important time for Gateshead which started off with a Skrill Premier league game against Salisbury on 16th November. At the time Salisbury were 5th in the table and Gateshead were 12th. This was also the first chance I have had to use my new lens at the International Stadium.
When I am using my lens I have to keep remembering that the main camera settings will be completely different to what I used to use. I think that I have got used to the main functions of the actual lens and I did get some decent shots. The game itself was great 1st half and most of the 2nd half but Gateshead did relax a little too much during the 2nd half which saw Salisbury pull 2 goals back.
Josh Walker scored 1st for Gateshead and I was gutted as there was a Salisbury defender which was blocking my shot otherwise I could have had a great photo of his actual goal. James Marwood got the second early in the second half after a great run into the box not only was it a great goal but it was also a great celebration (wonder if he would celebrate running toward my camera in a Cabaye style?). Also Josh Walker got his second goal which also helped him achieve man of the match.
Last night was the FA Youth Cup where the Gateshead Youth team took on Luton Town. There was a decent turn out and I think I even spotted Micky Cummins in the crowd. For me it was a dress rehearsal ready for the FA Cup 1st round replay on Wednesday night as it would help me work out which settings to use on the camera.
Both teams played very well and it was an excellent match, personally I was glad that it didn’t go to extra time (due to being freezing cold) but I did feel sorry for the young lads when they got knocked out of the cup.
When I checked my photos I was happy with the overall result of them and I now know to use ISO 2500 and shutter speed 1/400 as these settings produced the best photos. The problem is now making sure that I keep the players in focus as I track them, this sounds easy but when your finger tips are numb it’s difficult to tell if you are actually pressing the shutter release button or not. As soon as I got back in the house I ordered extra thermals with next day delivery so I should have them ready for the match as it is forecast to be cold again.
(At this current time it is 8.55pm on Tuesday 19th November, I will be finishing writing this blog on Thursday night, as long as I have finished editing the photos).
So, as we all know the replay was called off last night and with good reason. For those that didn’t get to see the pitch trust me when I say it was bad.
However, let me at least share with you some of the good humour that was shared around the tunnel area. Starting off with a bit of craic I had with a couple of the Oxford players and their media manager. The players certainly seemed concerned about the rain but I tried to reassure them that it was just a bit of light drizzle and that they shouldn’t worry about it. I was sure that they were actually really scared of the rain. They’re media manager joined in with the fun by also trying to reassure them that it would be ok, he then told me that he lived 20 miles north of Oxford and the players were just Southern softies.
I had noticed at the side of the pitch, on the running track there were some cars which must be part of some sponsorship. I asked Jamie Chandler if the lads were going to have side bets to see who could smash one of the windscreens. Can you believe his cheek when he said no but he was going to aim the ball at me?!
I must say though that I was very surprised at how many staff BT Sport had there, 80, I really didn’t think that they would need that many staff. Still the female presenter Lynsey Hipgrave was very easy on the eye.
Anyway, the replay has now been scheduled for Thursday 5th December and I know that the Heed Army can not wait for it.