Hayes & Yeading United 3-2 Gateshead
Gateshead conceded a penalty goal and a goal from a cross for the second consecutive game on their way to another disappointing 3-2 defeat.
Another own goal was avoided, but the Tynesiders luck was again out when a James Curtis clearance cannoned off United sub James Mulley and into the net.
It was another three disappointing goals to concede and it was the manner of the defeat that angered managerial pair Ian Bogie and Jeff Wrightson.
"The game was a non-event and a poor spectacle," admitted Bogie "and it was a very disappointing performance.
"We were poor from the start and certainly didn't deserve to be ahead at half-time. We should have capitalised on that good fortune but didn't."
"The engine room was non-existent and Kris Gate was a big miss again. After playing so well at Mansfield this was a real sickener in a game that was there to be won.
"We now have four big home games in 11 days starting with Barrow on Tuesday and the players have got to stand up and be counted."
A Daryl Clare brace, taking the striker on to 12 goals in 20 games, gave Gateshead a 2-1 lead at Church Road in front of a sparse crowd of just below 300.
But Hayes & Yeading hit back to claim all three points, the winner coming from a needless late penalty, and inflict an 18th league defeat on the Tynesiders.
"If we had turned up we would have walked away with the game but instead lacked character, desire and heart all over the pitch," said Wrightson.
"We didn't deserve to be leading at half-time as we had played poorly - but in the second half we were even worse and hardly had an effort at goal."
"The displays at Mansfield and Hayes have been Jekyll & Hyde. We went long and didn't pass the ball and have now got to bounce back against Barrow on Tuesday."
A supposed revenge mission following the abandoned game between the two sides on Tyneside in September turned out to be a tame affair in Middlesex.
Gateshead handed debuts to experienced defenders Wayne Buchanan and Paul Heckingbottom with 32 year old Darren Williams preferred at right back to Craig Baxter.
Gate failed a fitness test on a thigh strain and Baxter was left out of the 16 for the first time in over three seasons, apart from the odd occasion when he has been injured.
Hayes & Yeading almost scored in the second minute when Latvian international Andrejs Stolcers curled a free kick inches wide to ripple the side netting.
Ram Marwa was just wide from the edge of the box before the opener came in bizarre fashion on the half hour.
A cross into the box found its way into the far corner of the net, Justin Cochrane having delivered the ball from the right corner of the penalty area.
The goal finally stung Gateshead into action and they were soon level when Clare's head on saw Brian Wake get between two defenders.
A Matt Ruby trip on the striker saw Clare hammer home the resultant spot kick and then Clare headed an inswinging free kick from Peter Winn into the bottom corner to put the Tynesiders ahead.
It couldn't last however, though Curtis headed a corner wide at the near post while Clare was wide from 20 yards.
Parity was restored when Curtis' clearance unluckily found the net off Mulley's shins as Gateshead struggled to apply any pressure.
A ball down the right however saw captain for the day, Andy Ferrell, race clear but his centre across goal was bundled clear by Tom Cadmore before Winn could pounce.
The home winner arrived 13 minutes from time when Craig Watkins through ball saw the lively Dean Binns upended by Williams on the left side of the box.
The winger was going nowhere but the former Sunderland defender's wreckless lunge handed United victory as Steve Basham converted the resultant penalty.
Hayes & Yeading's last nine games had averaged five goals so the final 3-2 result was par for the course - though it was a hugely frustrating one for an inconsistent Gateshead.
Hayes & Yeading United: Masters, Cadmore, Harris, Ruby, Green, Marwa, Cochrane, Watkins, Binns, Stolcers (Mulley 58), Basham.
Subs (not used): Overland, Canham, El-Abd, Wishart.
Goals: Cochrane (31), Mulley (63), Basham (77 pen.)
Gateshead: Farman, Williams, Heckingbottom, Ferrell, Curtis, Buchanan, Sinclair (McDermott 73), Turnbull, Wake, Clare (Armstrong 73), Winn
Subs (not used): Provett (gk), Francis, Bains
Goals: Clare (39-pen, 44)
Referee: Stuart Burt (Northamptonshire)
Daryl Clare sends Hayes & Yeading goalkeeper Clark Masters the wrong way from the penalty spot to score Gateshead's 39th minute equaliser.
Paul Farman gathers the ball with debutant Wayne Buchanan and Darren Williams in attendance. Photos courtesy of Ray Peploe, Hayes & Yeading Utd FC