Gateshead FC Ladies earned a hard-fought point away from home at second-placed Birtley Town Ladies on Sunday afternoon.
Having taken the lead in the first half, The Heed were then reduced to ten, and conceded an equaliser early in the second half, but battled to earn a point and maintain their unbeaten league run.
Gateshead started brightly, and were nearly ahead after only a minute. Jasmin Badillo was played through, but her shot was directed straight at the Birtley keeper, keeping the score level.
Following the early chance both sides struggled to gain a foothold in the match, until a flurry of action just before the 30 minute mark.
Firstly, the home side were gifted an opportunity by Gateshead but failed to convert, before Gateshead themselves saw two efforts from Badillo and then Montserrat Lomeli both saved.
The momentum then swung back in Birtley’s favour, and after 33 minutes they were a whisker away from taking the lead.
A ball in from the right was connected with but struck the upright, with the rebound then being blazed over.
With five minutes until the break Gateshead took the lead. Katie Lemmon received the ball on the right side of the area and fired a low shot past the keeper and into the bottom corner.
Gateshead’s celebrations did not last long however, as right on half time they were reduced to ten – Amber Douglas being given her marching orders following a foul.
The second half began with a Birtley equaliser. A scramble in the box lead to the ball falling to a Birtley player with an empty net in front of her and she made no mistake.
Both sides had further chances in the second half to win the tie, but neither were able to, with Gateshead holding firm despite being a player down.
Gateshead’s second draw of the season was therefore perhaps a point gained, rather than two dropped.