Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Heed Hold on to Take Point on the Road; NATIONAL NORTH

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Heed Hold on to Take Point on the Road; NATIONAL NORTH

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Byline: JEFF BOWRON

AFC TELFORD 0 GATESHEAD0 GATESHEAD picked up another good point on the road as they held out for a goalless draw at AFC Telford.

The Tynesiders held their own in the opening 45 minutes at the New Bucks Head and could have been ahead.

They had chances but, like Telford after the break, didn't take them.

The Bucks went two up top in the second half and asked plenty of questions with the wind behind them. They played well and clipped post and bar but couldn't find a way past Brad James in the Heed goal.

Gateshead's new-look side has opened the season with three straight draws which have produced just two goals.

The Heed will look to break their winning duck tomorrow when they host point less bottom club Bradford Park Avenue.

Player-manager Mike Williamson has been pleased with his side's resilience.

He said: "They were two contrasting halves again and we played very well in the first.

"We played good football and went through the thirds with Kayode a handful up front again.

"We got down the sides a few times and created chances but we were against the wind in the second half.

"Telford made a change, which also made it difficult for us, and it's a hard place to come.

"Not many teams will come here and take points.

"Telford are the strongest side we've played so far."

Michael Nelson came in for Williamson, who had to replace the injured veteran midway through the second half.

JJ O'Donnell twice threatened early on while Rotherham loanee Josh Kayode fired wide.

Gateshead almost fell behind in bizarre circumstances when Brad James' clearance hit Darryl Knights and cleared the bar.

The Heed had given as good as they got in the opening 45 minutes - but they were up against it after the break.

Telford threw on an extra striker in Marcus Dinanga and it was backs to the wall for most of the half. …

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