Match ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Gateshead 1.
Macclesfield Town 1-1 Gateshead
Gateshead's six-game National League winning run was brought to an end as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Macclesfield.
The visitors made the brighter start and almost went ahead in the fifth minute, with Gus Mafuta freed by Danny Johnson to win a corner that James Bolton narrowly put wide.
The Silkmen were having the best of the possession but they were struggling to convert it into chances until two minutes before the break. Chris Holroyd latched on to a long ball and got round Gateshead goalkeeper James Montgomery - but Manny Smith was on-hand to clear.
Defender Smith opened the scoring in the 75th minute, stabbing home after Scott Flinders had initially saved Paddy McLaughlin's effort.
However, the home side rescued a point just seven minutes later when John McCombe rose highest to head home a free-kick.
Meanwhile, Macclesfield have re-signed Bury winger Jack Mackreth on loan until the end of the season.
The 24-year-old, who was previously at the club between 2012 and 2014, spent the first half of the current season with the Silkmen, making 25 appearances in all competitions after returning on a free in June, before leaving for Bury in January.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 14JamesSubstituted forThorneat 79'minutes
- 6McCombeSubstituted forCowanat 90'minutes
- 19MackrethSubstituted forHancoxat 72'minutes
- 3SmithSubstituted forBeereat 46'minutes
- 4SmithBooked at 81mins
- 22MafutaBooked at 84mins
- Peter Wright
Second Half ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Gateshead 1.
Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Dan Cowan replaces John McCombe.
Gus Mafuta (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Macclesfield Town 1, Gateshead 1. John McCombe (Macclesfield Town).
Manny Smith (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Macclesfield Town. James Thorne replaces Kingsley James.
Goal! Macclesfield Town 0, Gateshead 1. Manny Smith (Gateshead).
Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Mitch Hancox replaces Jack Mackreth.
Substitution, Gateshead. Tom Beere replaces George Smith.
Second Half begins Macclesfield Town 0, Gateshead 0.
First Half ends, Macclesfield Town 0, Gateshead 0.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.