By Rory Drake
Gateshead’s wait for a first win in 2019 was extended to five games, with Ben Clark’s first home game as manager finishing level against Boreham Wood.
Sean Shields put Boreham Wood ahead at the end of an uneventful first half, but Scott Boden had Gateshead level with just under 20 minutes to play.
Gateshead came into the game looking for a first win in 2019, but it was Boreham Wood who created the first chance, with Kieran Murtagh heading inches wide at the far post from a Shields corner after 11 minutes.
Gateshead’s first chance came 20 minutes in with a Cameron Salkeld cross deflecting into the path off Jon Mellish, who volleyed over from the edge of the box.
Boreham Wood came close again with 24 minutes gone but Murtagh’s freekick from 25-yards sailed over the bar.
Both teams were struggling to create chances and it took until just after the half hour mark for Gateshead to come close again, with Steve Rigg heading over a lofted ball forward by Fraser Kerr.
Boreham Wood had the chance to take the lead with 40 minutes played, a Shields freekick was headed by Mellish into the path of Gozie Ugwu, but the striker’s shot was blocked by Jack Hunter.
The visitors took the lead on the stroke of half time, when Femi Ilesanmi found Shields in the box, who tapped home from close range despite Mellish’s best efforts to keep it out.
The first chance of the second half fell the way of Salkeld, but his 30-yard effort went well over the bar.
Murtagh had looked dangerous in the first half and came close to doubling Boreham Wood’s lead early in the second half but couldn’t find the target from the edge of the box.
The second half followed in the pattern of the first, but Justin Shaibu did come close to extending the lead. Shaibu picked up the ball in midfield, before breaking into the box, but could only scuff a shot wide.
Greg Olley came off the bench just past the hour mark and made his mark quickly. Olley won a corner with 20 minutes to play, which he delivered himself.
George Legg made an unconventional save with the ball going back to Olley, who found Boden at the near post who stabbed home to equalise with his third goal in as many matches.
Boreham Wood reacted better to the goal and could have retaken the lead shortly after, Idris Kanu unleashed a shot from outside the box but watched it go just wide.
Gateshead came close to going in front with seven minutes to go, a good move from Olley and Tinkler saw the latter play in Tom White, who clipped the bar with his effort.
Moments later an Olley corner was cleared out to Salkeld, who from 30-yards forced a fingertip save from Legg.
In the last minute Boden nearly grabbed a winner for Gateshead, with his shot hitting the post after being played in by Salkeld. Rigg then came close for headed just wide at the far post.
Rigg then went through on goal in stoppage time but couldn’t beat Legg from the edge of the box.
Gateshead: Pears; Kerr, Williamson, Mellish; Tinkler ©, Hunter (Olley 62’), Maloney (Forbes 62’), White, Salkeld; Rigg, Boden
Subs not used: Foden, Thomson, Devitt
Goals: Boden (73)
Bookings: White (38), Tinkler (70)
Boreham Wood: Legg; Champion, Parry, Fyfield; Shakes, Murtagh, Ricketts ©, Shields (Shaibu 64’), Ilesanmi; Ugwu, Kanu (Thomas 90’)
Subs not used: Burbidge, Woodards, Ash
Goals: Shields (44)
Bookings: Ricketts (59)
Referee: Joe Hull
MOTM: Mike Williamson
Attendance: 562 (23 Wood)