Vanarama National League North
Gateshead 0-0 Kidderminster Harriers
Gateshead and Kidderminster Harriers shared the points in a goalless draw today at the Gateshead International Stadium in blustery conditions.
Gateshead made three changes to the side that beat Curzon Ashton last week with Ruairi Keating, Liam Agnew and Elliot Forbes coming in for Mitchell Curry, Dominic Tear and Connor Oliver.
Mike Williamson’s side didn’t have much luck in the first half losing Forbes and Scott Barrow to injury.
They started the game the better side, and came close in the 15th minute when Greg Olley sliced just wide at the far post on the end of a good ball from Barrow.
Olley came close again in the 27th minute when his effort was pushed wide following good work by substitute Dominic Tear on the right-hand side.
Five minutes later, Kidderminster ‘keeper Will Mannion had to be at his very best as he saved thumping efforts from Jordan Preston and Olley before Barrow struck the ball over the bar.
The visitors looked better in the second half, and really should’ve scored in the 65th minute when Cliff Moyo received the ball out wide in space and he could only hit it over the bar.
Just over 10 minutes later, Kidderminster’s Ashley Hemmings had a shot pushed wide by Gateshead ‘keeper Brad James.
The Heed piled on the pressure towards the death, with Keating making a good run forward before Nicky Deverdics’ shot was stopped in its tracks by Rhys Williams.
In the final minute of normal time, substitute JJ O’Donnell came incredibly close when Deverdics put a good ball across goal to the winger but he couldn’t quite connect with the cross.
Gateshead are back in action on Monday as they travel to Gloucester City while Kidderminster face York City at home next Saturday.
Gateshead: James, Nicholson, Williamson, Cooper, Forbes (Tear 20), Barrow (O’Donnell 32), Olley, Deverdics, Agnew, Preston, Keating.
Booked: Williamson, Olley and Barrow.
Subs not used: Curry, Guthrie (GK) and Oliver.
Kidderminster Harriers: Mannion, Williams, Johnson, Lowe, Butterfield, Shenton (Williams 60), Prosser, Moyo, Austin (Davidson 90+1), Hemmings, Chambers (Samuels 80).
Subs not used: Freemantle and Palmer (GK).
Attendance: 1,075 (63 away)