GATESHEAD continue to drop points at an alarming rate, depleted Telford the latest to benefit from the Tynesiders’ profligacy.
Ian Bogie’s side had enough chances to record their biggest win of the season against a Bucks outfit that were there for the taking.
A combination of indecisive finishing, inspired goalkeeping and a defensive lapse, however, meant Gateshead had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Only four points have been accrued from the last 16, leaving them in mid-table and increasingly desperate to turn the corner.
While there is much to do on the pitch there are also frustrations off it as gates at the International Stadium continue to fall.
Saturday’s crowd of 524 was the lowest of the campaign, this season’s average of 673 being 170 down on last season and the second-lowest in the Conference Premier.
Already operating with a reduced squad and budget, Bogie’s hands are tied to some extent.
“The crowds are disappointing,” he said. “The fans will say we haven’t been winning but we need their support – it’s as simple as that.
“The finances aren’t there to go out and buy players and I haven’t had any joy in the loan market so we have to go with what we’ve got at the moment
“We have been down to the bare bones and we lost two more players through injury on Saturday, Carl Magnay with bruised ribs and Paddy Boyle a cut head.”
While the problems mount, Bogie was left wondering just how his side failed to return to winning ways against a poor Telford side.
The Tynesiders even fluffed their lines from the penalty spot when Josh Gillies failed to beat defiant Bucks keeper Ryan Young with an 82nd-minute kick.
“We had enough chances to win three games and we are really frustrated because it is a game we should have won comfortably,” Bogie added.
“Unfortunately, our finishing was poor and then another individual error has allowed Telford to nick a point after we had outplayed them for an hour.”
Yemi Odubade missed a one-on one early on while Young made a string of saves before Ryan McGorrigan marked his first start with a goal from Phil Turnbull’s superb through ball.
But a terrible Chris Bush clearance allowed Steve Leslie to level, and Gillies’ penalty miss ensured two points were thrown away.