Forest Green Rovers 2-1 Gateshead
Gateshead started a big week on the away front with a narrow defeat in the west country as Ian Bogie's men came up just short at Forest Green Rovers.
Without a trio of injured strikers, including 30 goal to marksman Jon Shaw, it was left for Yemi Odubade to plough a lone furrow up front.
New signing Alan O'Brien was handed his debut on the left in a Gateshead side missing Shaw, Liam Hatch, Jamie Chandler and Nathan Fisher.
The Heed, however, drew first blood at the New Lawn with former Magpie O'Brien the architect.
The Irishman's low cross from the left saw experienced midfielder Micky Cummins convert at the near post for his 7th goal of the season.
It was just the start the Tynesiders were looking for but Forest Green hit back and Heed captain Ben Clark was booked for hauling down Matt Taylor.
Gateshead had contained Forest Green but the home side were level midway through the first half.
Jake Thompson's corner was headed down by James Norwood and debutant Tommy Wright got the final touch in a crowded box.
Gateshead were denying Rovers space but creating little and home appeals for a penalty when Chris Stokes stumbled in the box were rightly ignored.
Heed full back Eddie Odhiambo was next to be booked for hauling back Norwood, Matty Taylor shooting wide in the closing stages of the half.
James Marwood replaced Josh Gillies at the break but Gateshead, light weight up front, struggled to create openings clear cut openings in a game of few chances.
Former Quaker Sam Russell, however, had to make a finger tip save to deny Cummins his second of the afternoon from Odubade's measured free kick.
Rovers had strong appeals for handball in the area overlooked by referee Declan Ford as the stalemate continued.
Just past the hour O'Brien tried his luck with a free kick that dipped just over the bar but it was Forest Green who scored the winner in the 79th minute.
Liam Henderson, on loan from York City, pounced on to Taylor's header from Eddie Oshodi's curling cross to grab the all important goal against his hometown club.
Tim Deasy had had a relatively quiet afternoon but Henderson's late intervention denied Gateshead a merited share of the spoils.
The Tynesiders now face a tough trip to 4th top York City on Wednesday followed by an FA Trophy quarter-final at favourites Luton Town next weekend.
Forest Green Rovers: Russell, Hodgkiss, Stokes, Turley, Oshodi (Graham 83), Klukowski,Thomson (Pook 58), J Collins, Norwood, Taylor, T Wright (Henderson 67)
Subs (not used): Bulman, Uwezu
Goals: Wright (25), Henderson (79)
Bookings: Stokes (39), Norwood (84)
Gateshead: Deasy, Odhiambo, Rents, Gate, Curtis, Clark, Gillies (Marwood 46), Turnbull, O'Brien (Moore 70), Odubade, Cummins
Subs (not used): Farman (gk), Baxter, Magnay
Goal: Cummins (12)
Bookings: Clark (21), Odhiambo (40), Rents (69)
Referee: Declan Ford (Leicestershire)
Yemi Odubade challenges former Gateshead goalkeeper Sam Russell. Photos by Bruce Fenn.