FC Halifax put in their best performance of the season to gain a point against Gateshead. The Shaymen should off taken an early lead when Sean Tuton was brought down in the box by Gateshead keeper Sam Russell. Jordan Burrow took the spot kick, but his strike came back off the cross bar. Despite their dominance Halifax conceded after 27 minutes. Jordan Cranston showed some good skill and put it on a plate for former Halifax man Jon Shaw to head home. Town deservedly got back in to the game after 53 minutes when James Bolton headed home from a corner. Sam Walker delivered a great cross in to the box and Bolton lost his man and headed home
The Shaymen made a great start to the game and it didn’t take long for them to register their first strike on goal. Straight from kick off the ball was flicked on to Hamza Bencherif and bearing down on goal he struck just wide of the keepers right hand post.
The good start looked as if it was going to get even better when Tuton was brought down in the box by Gateshead goalkeeper Russell. Kingsley James played a high ball over the top, which Tuton got to just before Russell and the Gateshead stopper brought the striker down. Burrow stepped up but his strike rebounded off the cross bar and the ball was cleared.
Bencherif, playing in a more advanced role, was a constant problem for the Gateshead defence and he again went close to scoring. A free kick taken by Walker was attacked at the back post by Bencherif but Russell pulled off a great stop to keep the game goalless.
Just before the half hour Gateshead scored against the run of play. Jordan Cranston created some space down the left, before pulling off a great ball in to the box, which was headed home by Shaw.
FC Halifax Town did get the ball in the goal after 34 minutes, but the linesman deemed that Tuton was in an offside position. James picked the ball up 25 yards out before hitting a fierce strike on goal. Russell parried the strike and on the follow up Tuton tapped in, but the linesman had his flag up.
The Shaymen continued their good performance in the second half and got the goal they deserved after 53 minutes. After putting Gateshead under a lot of pressure in the early stages of the second half they earned a corner on the left hand side. Walker struck a great corner in to the box, which Bolton attacked well and headed home to bring the scores levels.
The visitors did have one good chance in the second half, which came from Matthew Pattison. A ball in behind the Halifax defence was picked up by Pattison and he rounded Matty Glennon but his angle was a tight one and he was unable to squeeze it in to the net.
Burrow nearly made amends for his missed penalty when he headed just wide after 75 minutes. Kevin Roberts played a great ball in from the right hand side but Burrow couldn’t direct his header on strike.
Bencherif made a great turn on half way to get a way from his man before playing a through ball to substitute Danny Hattersley. Hattersley, with his first touch of the game, ran in to the box before trying to play in Tuton for a tap in but his ball was too strong.
The Shaymen pushed in the final minutes for a winning goal but the visitors defended well and held on for the point. It was another draw for Halifax, which make it three draws on the spin for the Shaymen