Shaymen forced to settle for a point
NATIONAL LEAGUE: Former Halifax striker Scott Boden’s second-half goal cancelled out Jordan Preston’s opener after 18 seconds as FC Halifax drew 1-1 at Gateshead.
Ben Tomlinson made his first start since the 1-1 draw at Sutton on September 1, and provided an excellent cross that Preston, who scored the winner in the respective match in August, glanced across goal.
Gateshead’s first choice goalkeeper Aynsley Pears was ruled out due to illness so 22-year-old Mark Foden made his debut for the club after signing from Stenhousemuir in the summer. His first touch was to pick the ball out of the net.
Gateshead created decent chances inside the box for strikers Luke Armstrong and Boden, both of which were finished tamely.
Preston nearly got his second just after the half-hour mark with a superb curling shot from just inside the box, but Foden tipped it onto the bar.
Gateshead were improving as the game went on, pushing Halifax further back, although still creating few chances.
But Boden was left unmarked to turn the ball in with a scuffed finish from six yards after Armstrong’s cut back.