Shay­men forced to set­tle for a point

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

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.

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