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An early header from JJ O’Donnell, coupled with an injury to Glen Taylor, made it a night to forget for Moors at Gateshead.
Taylor was forced off with an injury midway through the first period after O’Donnell had flicked a header into the corner within the first minutes of the game.
Jason Ainsley was forced in to two changes from Saturday’s win over Chester, with the injured duo of Carl Magnay and Mark Anderson being replaced by Callum Williams and Dan Ward.
Following a first win of the campaign three days earlier, Moors were hoping to carry that momentum on into the clash under the lights at the Gateshead International Stadium.
However, after Gateshead won a free-kick 30-yards out on the right hand side, a pinpoint delivery was glanced into the far corner by winger O’Donnell with just over a minute on the clock.
It was a nightmare start, but Moors responded well and came close on fifteen minutes when the ball eventually fell to Ward, but the midfielders finessed effort from the edge of the area was comfortably stopped by Brad James.
Things went from bad to worse ten minutes later for Moors when talismanic striker Taylor went down following a Gateshead corner.
After trying to carry on, Taylor slumped to the turf and was forced to hobble off the pitch and down the tunnel, with Adam Boyes coming on.
There were flashes of quality amongst a fairly tepid first period, with Moors breaking at speed through Ward, but he opted to go alone rather than find a teammate, allowing the home side to clear.
Gateshead ended the half strongly and went close when Greg Olley curled a shot wide, before Nicky Deveredics stung the palms of Matt Gould.
The second half was a much brighter and lively contest, with both teams going close during a frantic first fifteen minutes after the interval.
Substitute Boyes forced James into a sharp save at his near post after a floated ball from James Curtis, before Ward, who grew into game as it progressed, was denied by a superb one handed save from the impressive keeper.
The more open nature of the contest saw the home side also create strong openings, with right back Alex Nicholson firing wide of the post after a flicked ball over the top from Josh Kayode.
They then came within inches of a second when Olley met a Nicky Deverdics cross, but his shot slithered past Gould’s post.
As the game pestered out, Stephen Brogan fizzed a shot wide before Curtis’ header lacked power and James was able to collect.
The result leaves Moors in 19th in the National League North, with new league leaders King’s Lynn Town making the trip to The Brewery Field.
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