Gateshead 2-2 Kidderminster Harriers
Gateshead boss Ian Bogie rang the changes after the heavy defeat at Southport and was rewarded with a battling display against high flying Kidderminster Harriers.
Michael Liddle, one of three loanees from Premier League neighbours Sunderland and Newcastle, scored a beauty on his debut.
Gateshead briefly led but were undone by two quick riposte's from the Harriers before saving an open game through Jon Shaw's 73rd minute header.
This was a game both sides could have won or lost such was the number of chances created at both ends, Gateshead having six more efforts at goal than the visitors.
With Faroe Islands international Joan Simun Edmundsson a handful and Kris Gate getting into the box to support Shaw at every available opportunity Gateshead carried a greater threat than in recent games.
Defensively, however, the Tynesiders, without lynchpin Ben Clark who was employed in a midfield holding role, looked suspect.
Only two superb one-on-one saves from the recalled Tim Deasy prevented another defeat though Gate, Shaw and Marwood spurned golden opportunities at the other end.
Edmundsson had already shot just wide when Liddle fashioned a great move down the left that finished with one of the best strikes seen at the International Stadium for some time.
Good interplay between Liddle and Kris Gate saw Liddle curl a beauty into the far corner with the outside of his boot to put Gateshead in front.
Kidderminster's response, however, was swift as they countered quickly after a home attack broke down when Gate dummied a ball across goal.
The Harriers immediately broke and with Gateshead caught short at the back, Chris McPhee's inside ball set up Matty Blair who confidently drove past an exposed Deasy.
Still reeling from that setback McPhee eased past James Curtis on the left to deliver a dross that saw Nick Wright flick home from close in.
Two games in two minutes had turned the game on its head and Tom Shaw thudded a 25 yard just wide as Gateshead tried to regroup.
Gate, however, should have levelled on the half hour but toe -poked wide after Phil Turnbull had threaded the ball into his path.
Clattered by Callum Gittings at the point of impact, Gate and Gateshead were unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty.
Kidderminster should have opened up a two goal lead in the opening minute of the second half when more slack defending left McPhee with only Deasy to beat.
Put in by Blair McPhee looked a certain scorer but Deasy threw himself to his left to pull off a full length save and keep Gateshead in the game.
Gateshead should have been level ten minutes later. Edmundsson dispossessed Michael Briscoe only for his shot to be saved by Danny Lewis.
Edmundsson hooked the loose ball into the path of the unmarked Shaw who held his head in his hands and sunk to his knees after he volleyed wide from 12 yards with the goal at his mercy.
Good work from Edmundsson saw his low cross sidefooted wide first time by Gate as Gateshead continued to push for an equaliser.
Shaw then atoned for his earlier miss with a clinical back post header from sub James Marwood's precision cross.
Marwood had injected further impetus into the Tynesiders cause but within a minute Deasy had to come to the rescue again.
Alan White dallied and was caught in possession by Harriers captain Keith Briggs whose pass then left sub. Jamille Matt with only Deasy to beat.
But, just as he had in the first minute of the second period, Deasy pulled off another vital full length save to deny the Harriers.
Deasy then tipped over from Tom Sharpe before Shaw's long ball set Marwood free only for the wide man to be tackled by the last defender before he could pull the trigger.
Jack Byrne almost headed a Marwood cross into his own goal as a pulsating game went right to the wire.
Edmundsson then set up sub Gary Mulligan whose first shot hit a defender, the Irishman then hitting the rebound straight at Lewis.
Both sides had to settle for a point which was just about right though both will feel they could have come away with all three.
Gateshead: Deasy, Tavernier, Liddle, Gate, Curtis, White, (Mulligan 75m), Brittain (Marwood 60m),Turnbull, Shaw, Clark , Edmundsson
Subs (not used): Farman (gk), Baxter, Fisher
Goals: Liddle (16), Shaw (73)
Kidderminster Harriers: Lewis,Williams, Shaw, Briggs, McPhee, Byrne, Wright (Matt 55m), Sharpe, Briscoe, Blair(Hankin 70m), Giddings
Subs (not used): Morris, Griffiths, Stevens (gk)
Goals: Blair (22), Wright (24)
Bookings: Blair (51), Byrne (57)
Referee: Lee Metcalfe (Preston)
Joan Simun Edmundsson takes on the Kidderminster defence
Kris Gate is thwarted
Jon Shaw heads goalbound
Gateshed celebrate Michael Liddle's stunning opening goal. Photos by Martin Avery.