James Brown's brace helped Gateshead move four points clear of the drop zone with a thrilling win over Hereford.

Chris Sharp's strike put the visitors in front on 17 minutes but, just two minutes later, James Marwood set up Ryan Donaldson to equalise.

Donaldson set up Brown to finish from close range just before the break, only for Marlon Jackson's fierce drive to level matters early in the second half.

  • Due to the state of their pitch, Gateshead last hosted a game at the International Stadium against Barrow in January. Since then, they have played home games at York, Blyth and Hartlepool and still have home games to come at Carlisle and Middlesbrough

But Brown prodded in his fourth of the season to win it for the Tynesiders.

In the third game at their most frequently used temporary home, Victoria Park, Hartlepool, nomadic Gateshead now lie four points above the relegation zone with two games in hand.

Hereford have slipped to 11 points off the pace in the race for the Blue Square Bet Premier play-offs, with only nine games to go.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bulls manager Martin Foyle told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"There weren't many people watching and you had to create your atmosphere, but there was no way we were going to come all this way just to keep out of the way.

"It was a good performance. We've played well. We've done some good things. We've had quick free-kicks, quick corners and looked sharp.

"But we've given away two goals. That's the sloppy side and the bit that we need to eradicate quickly."

Match Stats

Shots

10 4

On target

5 3

Corners

3 10

Fouls

10 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:04 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

82:25

Inswinging corner taken by Kingsley James from the left by-line played to the near post, James Marwood manages to make a clearance.

82:05

Jamie Chandler concedes a free kick for a foul on Rod McDonald. Free kick taken by Luke Graham.

79:52

Marlon Jackson is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.

78:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marlon Jackson on James Curtis. Adam Bartlett takes the free kick.

77:32

Centre by Marlon Jackson, Shot on goal by Chris Sharp from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

76:47

Effort on goal by James Brown from outside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

75:55

Chris Carruthers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Chandler. Adam Bartlett takes the free kick.

72:58

Phil Turnbull takes a shot. Luke Graham gets a block in.

72:41

Luke Graham concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Donaldson. Free kick taken by Phil Turnbull.

71:40 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Bowman is brought on as a substitute for Joshua O'Keefe.

71:40

James Musa produces a cross.

69:55

Josh Gillies delivers the ball.

68:48

Rod McDonald fouled by James Brown, the ref awards a free kick. James Bittner takes the direct free kick.

68:00

Joshua O'Keefe fouled by Patrick Boyle, the ref awards a free kick. Luke Graham takes the free kick.

67:48

Patrick Boyle sends in a cross, save made by James Bittner.

66:49

Foul by Josh Gillies on Chris Carruthers, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by James Bittner.

63:39

Corner taken right-footed by James Marwood, Headed effort from inside the area by Micky Cummins misses to the left of the goal.

63:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Musa on Josh Gillies. Phil Turnbull restarts play with the free kick.

60:57

The ball is sent over by Chris Carruthers.

58:24

Samuel Clucas takes the direct free kick. The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Sharp. Adam Bartlett restarts play with the free kick.

58:24 Substitution

Substitution Micky Cummins comes on in place of Peter Bore.

58:24 Booking

Booking James Curtis receives a caution.

58:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Curtis on Samuel Clucas.

55:52

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Kingsley James from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Patrick Boyle. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Kingsley James, clearance made by Patrick Boyle.

54:40

The assist for the goal came from Jamie Chandler.

54:40 Goal scored

Goal! - James Brown - Gateshead 3 - 2 Hereford James Brown finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Gateshead 3-2 Hereford.

53:59

Jamie Chandler takes a shot. Save made by James Bittner.

51:47

Chris Sharp is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.

50:33

Josh Gillies crosses the ball.

49:25 Goal scored

Goal! - Marlon Jackson - Gateshead 2 - 2 Hereford Marlon Jackson finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area high into the middle of the goal. Gateshead 2-2 Hereford.

49:11

The ball is crossed by Patrick Boyle, clearance by Luke Graham.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:14 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +1:49

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Samuel Clucas.

45:00 +1:39

A cross is delivered by Chris Sharp, clearance made by Patrick Boyle.

42:15

The assist for the goal came from Ryan Donaldson.

42:15 Goal scored

Goal! - James Brown - Gateshead 2 - 1 Hereford A goal is scored by James Brown from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Gateshead 2-1 Hereford.

41:55

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by James Marwood.

41:02

Jamie Chandler sends in a cross, Joe Connor makes a clearance.

38:57

The ball is crossed by Josh Gillies.

37:37

Short corner taken by Samuel Clucas from the left by-line. The ball is delivered by Chris Carruthers.

35:56

Peter Bore concedes a free kick for a foul on Marlon Jackson. Marlon Jackson restarts play with the free kick.

34:40

James Marwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Joshua O'Keefe. Direct free kick taken by Joshua O'Keefe.

34:10

Foul by Chris Sharp on James Curtis, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Phil Turnbull.

33:35

James Marwood has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

31:48

Chris Sharp is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by James Curtis.

29:26

Corner taken by James Marwood from the right by-line, clearance made by Joshua O'Keefe.

28:41

Jamie Chandler has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the goal.

28:00

Kingsley James fouled by James Marwood, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Connor.

27:07

James Marwood produces a cross, clearance by Rod McDonald.

23:38

Samuel Clucas decides to take the corner short.

22:25

Corner from right by-line taken by Samuel Clucas.

21:13

James Marwood delivers the ball, Kingsley James makes a clearance.

20:52

Unfair challenge on James Brown by Rod McDonald results in a free kick. Phil Turnbull restarts play with the free kick.

19:34

Effort from outside the area by James Marwood goes wide right of the goal.

18:22

James Marwood provided the assist for the goal.

18:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Donaldson - Gateshead 1 - 1 Hereford Ryan Donaldson grabs a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Gateshead 1-1 Hereford.

16:54

The assist for the goal came from Samuel Clucas.

16:54 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Sharp - Gateshead 0 - 1 Hereford Chris Sharp gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Gateshead 0-1 Hereford.

16:10

Joshua O'Keefe challenges James Marwood unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Turnbull takes the free kick.

15:00

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Samuel Clucas from the right by-line to the near post, James Brown makes a clearance.

11:34

The ball is crossed by James Musa, Shot from 12 yards from Marlon Jackson. Jamie Chandler gets a block in. Corner taken by Samuel Clucas played to the near post, Ben Clark manages to make a clearance.

9:10

Unfair challenge on Marlon Jackson by James Marwood results in a free kick. James Bittner takes the free kick.

8:47

Peter Bore sends in a cross, clearance by Rod McDonald.

7:33

Chris Carruthers sends in a cross, save by Adam Bartlett.

6:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan Donaldson on Samuel Clucas. Free kick taken by James Bittner.

6:00

Ryan Donaldson sends in a cross, Rod McDonald makes a clearance.

4:19

The ball is swung over by Peter Bore.

3:12

Kingsley James takes a inswinging corner to the near post, James Marwood makes a clearance.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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