Gateshead Reserves 0-1 Hartlepool United Reserves
A goal from experienced striker Adam Boyd five minutes into the second half condemned a spirited Gateshead reserves side to a narrow 1-0 Central League defeat against Hartlepool United at the International Stadium.
Gateshead U.19s keeper Peter Jameson stepped in for his debut and made a string of good saves to ensure the first half ended goalless.
The Heed, with Liam Hatch on his own up front and Josh Gillies in the hole, only occasionally threatened.
Martin Brittain shot over the bar from distance and then Jameson made his first save low to his right from Lewis Hawkins.
Callum Hassan then had a shot blocked on the line and Colin Nish was just wide of the far post with an angled drive.
Brittain bent a 24-yard free kick just wide after a Hawkins foul on Hatch who then headed over from a Brittain corner.
Pools, however, continued to dominate and a miscue from Rob Briggs saw Nathan Luscombe advance into the box only to shoot narrowly wide.
James Brown then ran at Chris Carruthers only for Jameson to save diving to his right and the youngster then made a double save from Josh Rowbottom and Nish.
Briggs fizzed a long range half volley wide at the other end while Nish found space just outside the box but his chip cleared the bar.
Gateshead had done well to get to the interval on level terms but had to replace Hatch, Gate and Gillies for the second half with a trio of under 19 players.
A difficult ask became an uphill one when accomplished trialist Carl Magnay's 50th minute block on the line from Nish was in vain as Boyd hammered home the rebound for the decisive goal.
The Heed almost levelled when Brittain's cross into the box produced a scramble that saw sub Lewis Lynch's goalbound shot blocked by a defender's leg.
Only a finger tip save from Jameson, however, prevented Boyd from doubling Pools lead from 25 yards.
A surging Magnay run ended with Dominic Brown shooting just wide as The Heed made a good fist of the second half.
The teenage trio had an injected a vibrancy to the home side's play with Pools unable to build on their lead.
Half-time sub. Jordan Marshall blasted over from distance while Pools sub Greg Rutheford slid just wide from Luscombe's low cross.
Brown had an injury time shot deflected wide but in the end Boyd's close range finish proved to be the difference between the two sides.
Gateshead Res: Jameson, Odhiambo, Carruthers, Gate (Marshall 46), Magnay, Mole, Brittain, Briggs, Hatch (Brown 46), Gillies (Lynch 48), Moore
Hartlepool Utd Res: Rafferty, Richards, Poole, Luscombe, Baldwin, Rowbottom, Brown, Hawkins (Rutherford 74), Nish, Boyd, Hassanlden 58)
Subs: Dodds, Snaith, Moody
Goal: Boyd (50)
Martin Brittain. Photos by Michael Riddle.