It was deja-vu for Gateshead at Forest Green Rovers as they again left Gloucestershire on the back of a single-goal margin of defeat - the fourth in five fruitless visits to The New Lawn.
An improved second-half display counted for nothing as Forest Green, one of the favourites for promotion, ended a three-game losing run.
Fortunate only to be one down going into the final half-hour, Gateshead rallied, three second-half substitutions giving them fresh impetus.
However, while the side has tightened up defensively on their travels under new boss Gary Mills - conceding just two goals in their last three away games - they have scored only one.
That was from the penalty spot in a 1-0 win at Tamworth and, with big summer signings Richard Brodie and Adam Boyes out of favour, a cutting edge up front has to be found.
Liam Hatch, brought on for John Oster ten minutes after the break, made his presence felt while another experienced frontman James Brown added a bit of guile.
Brown had replaced on-loan Port Vale striker Jordan Hugill with 25 minutes left, the Heed’s other loanee, Derby County’s Jordan Hugill, taken off at the break.
Former Sunderland wide man Oster had shown good touches on his first start for six months but, not surprisingly, ran out of steam due to a lack of match fitness.
Disappointed by his side’s first-half performance Mills was much happier with the second, though frustrated the improvement didn’t bring any reward. He said: “We weren’t on the front foot in the first half. We were too deep and our final ball in the final third wasn’t up to scratch.
“We needed something to drop for us in the second half as while it is 1-0 you have always got a chance, but I was disappointed with the goal we conceded.”
FOREST GREEN: Russell, Hodgkiss, Stokes, Racine, Pilkington, Bangura, Klukowski, Barry (Forbes 77), Wright, Vieira (Mangan 60), Barnes-Homer. Subs (not used): Bulman, Koroma, Asafu-Adjaye. Goal: Klukowski (14)
GATESHEAD: Bartlett, Lelan (Baxter 46), Magnay, Oster (Hatch 55), Curtis, Clark, Larkin, Turnbull, Hugill (Brown 66), Cummins, Marwood. Subs (not used): Ramshaw, Maddison
Referee: Colin Lymer (Hampshire). Attendance: 1,149.