Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Depleted Heed Are Maid to Suffer; First Home Loss since September for Tynesiders NATIONAL PREM GATESHEAD 0 MAIDENHEAD UTD 1

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

A Depleted Heed Are Maid to Suffer; First Home Loss since September for Tynesiders NATIONAL PREM GATESHEAD 0 MAIDENHEAD UTD 1

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Byline: JEFF BOWRON

GATESHEAD suffered a defeat at home to bottom-four parttime opposition for the second time this season.

Rock-bottom Braintree gained their first win of the campaign at Gateshead in the middle of September.

Third-bottom Maidenhead repeated that fate on Saturday, though this time there were at least mitigating circumstances.

For the second game running the Heed were down to 13 players, youth team coach Ben Clark and two rookies added to the bench.

That left manager Steve Watson little leeway to change things and after a dismal first half he would liked to have had the option.

The former Newcastle defender lamented a lack of belief.

There was also a lack of intensity, enthusiasm and courage on the ball.

It took half an hour for a listless Gateshead to conjure any sort of attempt at goal, Cameron Salkeld firing over the bar.

By then Maidenhead had the lead through Remy Clerima with what would turn out to their only shot on target in the game.

The Magpies also failed to win a corner but they got over the line despite a much-improved display from Watson's men after the break.

A heavily-depleted Heed threw everything at Maidenhead but were unable to force goalkeeper Carl Pentney into a meaningful save.

Too often the final ball or effort at goal lacked quality, though, just as against Braintree, they should have taken something out of the game.

Injuries and suspension, coupled with the departure of two of their three loan stars, has left Gateshead short-handed.

Midfield man Tom White will be back for tomorrow's play-off six-pointer at home to Solihull Moors - but he is likely to be the only one.

Watson (right) said: "It was a tough afternoon mentally for everybody involved, even the fans.

"The team we had out there was more than good enough to do much better in the first half, when we were not good enough. …

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