WHILE most observers would argue a draw at second-bottom Alfreton Town represented two points dropped, Gateshead manager Ian Bogie begged to differ.
Alfreton, without a win in nine league games and with the second worst home record in the Conference Premier, belied their lowly status with their best display of the season.
Gateshead, never out of the top six all season, were well below par so, in the circumstances, Bogie was happy with a point.
“We were nowhere near our best in the first half against an Alfreton side that really came at us, and we were delighted to be only one down at the interval,” said Bogie.
“It could easily have been three or four as we had to clear a couple off the line and Jak Alnwick has had to pull one away from the top corner.
“You have to give credit to Alfreton. They were really at it and while we weren’t at our best we still managed to find an equaliser in the second half. Alfreton have been whipping boys and conceded a lot of goals but they really took the game to us and in the circumstances it was a good point.”
The draw also stretched the Tynesiders unbeaten run to five games ahead of the big top-six clash with joint leaders Fleetwood Town on Tyneside this Saturday.
Gateshead were distinctly second best in the first half at the Impact Arena, though it took Alfreton until the 37th minute to break through.
Kris Gate cleared off the line three times, while on-loan Newcastle teenager Alnwick had to make a flying save to prevent Anthony Church’s strike from nestling in the top corner.
When the breakthrough came it did so in spectacular fashion, striker Paul Clayton picking up Jake Moult’s back heel to rifle into the top corner .
Reds’ keeper Joe Day then saved well from midfield duo Micky Cummins and Gate and the Heed finally got their game together after the break.
Fit-again winger Chris Moore finished off a good move midway through the half for the equaliser.
But it still needed sub James Marwood to clear off the line from Clayton late on to give Gateshead a share of the points.
ALFRETON TOWN: Day, Streete, Young, Franks (Brown 90), Franklin, Mullan, Church, Moult, Arnold (Senior 89), Anthony Wilson (Jarman 76), Clayton. Subs (not used): Hall, Mackin.
Booked: Clayton. Goals: Clayton 37.
GATESHEAD: Alnwick, Baxter, Curtis, Clark, Carruthers, Cummins (Mulligan 77), Gate, Turnbull, Brittain (Marwood 70), Shaw, Fisher (Moore 46). Subs (not used): Deasy, Rents.
Goal: Moore 68.
Attendance: 651 Referee: Andy Davis.