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Posted Tue 03 Jul 12 at 19:16 PM

Wrexham 1 Gateshead 1

Nick Rushton played down his debut goal for the first team after Wrexham were held to a frustrating draw by fellow play-off contenders Gateshead.


The youngster, the latest promising player to emerge from Wrexham’s Centre of Excellence, produced a great finish to put the Reds ahead in 37th minute of a half they dominated.


However, Ryan Donaldson’s stunning second half strike (63), hit from all of 35 yards, earned the Heed a share of the spoils to stretch Wrexham’s league run at the Racecourse to three games. 


“We should have really won it,” said the quietly-spoken Welshman. “I thought we should have had two definite penalties. But we need to stop the rot and push on from here.”


Rushton was delighted to get off the mark although he believes the pass into him was fortuitous.


“It was a lucky touch through by Danny (Wright) but I was made up to go on and finish it. The keeper got a hand to it but it has crept in off the post.”


Reds boss Andy Morrell added: “Nick took his goal really well. He is a great finisher.”


Wrexham should have been more than 1-0 up at the break. Martin Riley headed against the bar in the seventh minute before Jay Harris forced Adam Bartlett into a finger-tip save from a long range volley.


Riley headed straight at Bartlett before Andy Coughlin denied Lee Bullock and James Curtis in quick succession.


Eight minutes before the break and Wrexham got the goal their possession warranted. Rushton latched onto Danny Wright’s through-ball and side-footed the ball past the onrushing Bartlett and it went in off the post.


Dean Keates fired a free-kick against the bar before Donaldson conjured up his moment of magic.


Afforded plenty of time to set himself, the former Newcastle United midfielder hit a ferocious half-volley which dipped in under the bar from 35 yards.


It drew warm applause from appreciative home fans, but the applause was more muted at the end of the game as they watched their team fail to break down a staunch Heed defence in search for that elusive winner. 

Wrexham: Coughlin; Alfei, Riley, Westwood, Ashton; Harris, Clarke, Keates (cpt); Rushton (Ogleby, 84), D.Wright, Ormerod (Cieslewicz, 69).
Subs: Morrell, Hunt, Devine.

 Kevin Johnson (Somerset)
Attendance: 3,011
Away: 33

Booked -

Wrexham: Clarke, Keates, Westwood
Gateshead: Turnbull, Hatch


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