Mansfield Town 1-1 Gateshead

30/11/2011, by Jeff Bowron

Jon ShawGateshead will go into Saturday's important FA Cup 2nd round tie at home to Tamworth on the back of an unbeaten run of seven games.

The Tynesiders came from behind to earn a fourth consecutive league draw as Jon Shaw returned to Field Mill to put one over his former club.

Shaw pounced midway through the second half to score his 20th goal in 23 games after Ross Dyer had fired the Stags into an early lead.

Gateshead put a lamentable first half performance behind them to hit back in the final half hour and could have claimed victory though the Stags remained a threat at the other end.

Heed boss Ian Bogie sprang a surprise by making four changes, including both full backs, to the side that held joint leaders Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

Jeff Henderson and Sam Rents came into the back four, former Stag Kyle Nix into midfield for only his second start, and James Marwood for his first start of the season on the left.

Gateshead should have been behind in the second minute when Matt Green pounced on an undrhit back pass to round Jak Alnwick on the edge of the box.

The Stags striker, however fired wide with the goal at his mercy, but it proved to be only a stay of execution.

After Marwood had shot wide and Kris Gate had a shot saved by Alan Marriott Dyer made the breakthrough.

Town captain Adam Murray found Aman Verma. The midfielder picked out Dyer who then found the bottom corner with a good first time finish.

It was just the start Mansfield were looking for and Gateshead couldn't claw the deficit back in the rest of a half in which they were second best as Mansfield controlled the game.

Summer signing Nix instigated a short corner that saw fellow schemer Phil Turnbull fire wide from outside the box.

Lee Stevenson had a shot blocked by Heed skipper Ben Clark while Green spurned another chance before Nix had two efforts, the first blocked by Verma after he had advanced into the box.

Jak Alnwick, again impressive, tipped over from Kieran Freeman while Green fired over as the home side threatened to stretch their lead.

Despite being outgunned Clark had a chance to level against the run of play just before the interval from a corner but headed straight at Marriott.

Shaw set up Marwood after the break but the winger's shot was saved by Marriott, Lindon Meikle rightly then having an effort ruled out for offside and another saved by Alnwick while John Dempster shot over.

Meikle was just wide before the recalled Rents' centre across the six yard box found the predatory Shaw who got between two defenders to make no mistake with a close range header, sub Nathan Fisher then inches over from the edge of the box with a powerful drive.

The Heed went close to grabbing the lead in an improved second half display, Shaw almost in with head and boot while Marriott also saved from Nix.

The Stags were living dangerously as Gateshead now looked the likelier side to go on and win the game but they remained a threat on the counter attack.

Green was inches wide while Dyer should have done better 11 minutes from time than blaze over the bar from inside the box.

Neither side, draw specialists of late, however, could fashion a winner as Gateshead's impressive away form continued.

 

Mansfield Town: Marriott, Thompson, Sutton, Freeman, Dempster, Stevenson (Briscoe 73), Murray, Verma (Bolland 39), Green, Dyer, Meikle
Subs (not used): Redmond, O'Neill, Rodney

Goals: Dyer (10)

Bookings: None

 

Gateshead: Alnwick, Henderson (Carruthers 83), Rents, Gate, Curtis, Clark, Moore (Fisher 66), Turnbull, Shaw, Nix, Marwood
Subs (not used): Deasy (gk), Gillies, Brittain

Goals: Shaw (68)

Bookings: None

 

Referee: Rob Merchant (Staffordshire)

Attendance: 1,513

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