Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Heed Denied at Death as Dragons Fire Home

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Heed Denied at Death as Dragons Fire Home

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Byline: JEFF BOWRON

NATIONAL LEAGUE GATESHEAD 1 WREXHAM 1 GATESHEAD were denied their first home win of 2019 after leaders Wrexham struck at the death on Tyneside.

Steven Rigg's third goal in two games saw a spirited Heed go close to ending their home drought.

But Dragons substitute Cole Stockton bundled the ball home after hitting the post in the third minute of stoppage time.

Gateshead had to settle for a 1-1 draw as their winless run at the International Stadium stretched to six games.

Only four goals have been scored in those six games, with the Heed now unbeaten in six matches under new manager Ben Clark.

One goal should have been enough to see off Wrexham, who took until stoppage time to register their first effort on target.

Their second a minute later from Stockton was enough to deny a spirited Heed a merited victory.

Gateshead manager Ben Clark felt his side deserved more than a share of the spoils.

Clark said: "It felt like a defeat and there's a bit of mixed emotions. I'm really proud of my team, to a man they were outstanding.

"But when you get to the 93rd minute you should see the game out. The lads are really disappointed - and rightly so.

"We were excellent for the first half-an-hour and Pears didn't have a save to make, so it was a late suckerpunch.

"We had to defend in the second half and did that really well, so the lads were really down and disappointed after the game.

"Myself and the supporters are also disappointed, but I'm not disappointed with the effort, commitment and desire.

"We deserved to win the game and can't let this affect us.

"We're unbeaten, will take a point and now have a massive game at Aldershot."

Gateshead were excellent in the opening 25 minutes against a Wrexham side that had clocked up 1,000 miles on the road this week. …

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