Stamford 1 - 1 Gateshead
BRAYSON'S STAM-P OF CLASS, BY JEFF BOWRON, Evening Chronicle
Gateshead's five game winning run ended in Lincolnshire last night - but a 62nd minute Paul Brayson super strike ensured the points were shared at relegation threatened Stamford.
Brayson curled a 25 yard free kick into the top corner after John Byrne had put the battling Daniels ahead after 33 minutes.
The Tynesiders stretched their lead over fourth top Buxton, whose game against Frickley Athletic last night was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, to nine points.
But any slim hopes of finishing in the top two detoriated when Fleetwood Town won 3-0 at bottom club Lincoln United.
Gateshead boss Ian Bogie admitted his side had not been at their best at the Vic Couzens stadium but nevertheless praised his leg weary troops.
Bogie said: "We've covered hundreds of miles with three away games in seven days and I can't complain at the shift the lads put in at Stamford."
"We weren't at our best and, while we had the lions share of the play, we lacked quality in our passing and there wasn't enough creativity."
"But if seven points from trips to Prescot, Marine and Stamford in a week had been offered before we started this run of away games I would have taken that."
Bogie singled out experienced striker Brayson for praise after the former Magpie scored his fifth goal in 12 games since he joined Gateshead from York City.
"Brassie had to come deep when he would have preferred to be on the end of moves, but he was very bright and scored another superb free kick.
"He's got a good pedigree. He has that extra bit of class, which will hopefully make a difference in the play-offs, and it was real quality when he bent the ball into the top corner."
All of Gateshead's last four league games are against sides either fighting for promotion or battling against relegation, starting with lowly Prescot Cables at the International Stadium on Saturday.