Norton United are in the Evostick Division 1 league, which is quite a low division I the non-league. Gateshead however, are in the conference league and before the match were 2nd from the top. Quite a competition for Norton. This match is the most important Norton game in the history of Norton United, you had to pre-book a ticket. Norton United's ground is usually quite empty, but today is was packed. I reckon there was around 2, 500 tickets sold.
Before the game there was a food and beer tent which sold burgers and hotdogs to the fans. There was a standing area which was covered in hay for the event so that the ground does not get muddy, and a live band playing as well. Quite a lot of atmosphere was going on before the game! The game kicked off at 2:00pm with heavy traffic all around the ground. It was completely packed with barely anywhere to stand as well.
The game started with Norton having most of the possession, doing slightly better than Gateshead. Gateshead got the first goal, leaving the Norton fans very disappointed. Gateshead got another two goals before half-time, which was heavily disappointing, yet bound to happen of course, remembering that Gateshead are in the conference league! The second half approached and Norton were absolutely hammered by Gateshead again, and let in another goal without scoring any!