(Photo: Charlie Waugh)
Gateshead played their first fixture in the sixth-tier for 10 years on Saturday afternoon as they faced Southport at the International Stadium.
Both goalkeepers were rarely tested during the 90 minutes, but James was alert to earn his side a point with two close-range stops to deny Dion Charles and Zehn Mohammed in the second half.
The Middlesbrough loanee felt the goalless draw was very challenging on his competitive debut for the Heed, telling gateshead-fc.com: “I think it was a very tough game.
“They [Southport] made it very hard and played the way they wanted to play.
“You can see that they just launched the ball forward at every opportunity.
“Throw-ins, free-kicks, goal-kicks; you name it and every single time they would put it forward!"
The 20-year-old shot stopper made it two clean sheets for his side in three games and was satisfied after the Tynesiders managed to claim a point at home to open the season.
“We’ll take a point, it’s an unbeaten start to the season for us so I’m happy,” he continued.
“For me, the main thing is a clean sheet so it’s nice to get that."
James, who spent a portion of last season on loan at Billingham Town, now can’t wait for Wednesday night.
“It’ll be another tough test against Darlington but I’m really looking forward to playing there," he added.
“There will hopefully be another big crowd, but it won’t be easy for us.”