By Rory Drake

Goalkeeper Mark Foden has been made to wait to get his first taste of competitive football in a Gateshead shirt, but the 22-year-old showed no signs of rust in Wednesday’s win over Billingham Town.


A brace from Lewis McGeoch and further goals from Connor Thomson and JJ O’Donnell helped Gateshead to a 4-0 victory over the Teesside outfit.

But the result doesn’t tell the full story of the game, with Foden pulling off a string of good saves throughout the night to grab a well earned clean sheet.

And the Tynesiders’ number 1 said: “It’s a team effort, but I’m happy to get clean sheets and it was really good to be a big part of tonight.

“It was a good performance, especially from the boys that don’t normally play. It was good to get a run out for all the boys and it’s a chance to impress so I think tonight everyone really put a good shift in.

“All I can do is just perform and if the gaffer picks me, brilliant, but if he’s not then I’ve got to just keep working away and hopefully it pays off.

“Being a goalie obviously both of us can’t play every week so it’s a case of whichever one of us is doing the best will play and at the moment I’m falling on the wrong side of that.

“If I can just keep in the gaffer’s thoughts, then that’s good enough for me at the moment.”