Match ends, Hartlepool United 2, Gateshead 2.
Hartlepool United 2-2 Gateshead
Keith Watson's brace was not enough for a Hartlepool victory as Gateshead claimed a point from a 2-2 draw in the north east National League derby at Victoria Park.
The hosts took an early lead as Scottish defender Watson, on his first start since suffering a knee injury in September, pounced on Nicky Deverdics' cross to put Pools ahead after seven minutes.
Gateshead equalised three minutes before the break as Richard Peniket nudged Jordan Preston's effort past goalkeeper Scott Loach from close range.
St Johnstone loanee Watson fired Hartlepool in front for the second time after 64 minutes as he claimed his third goal of the season, but the visitors hit back again as substitute Wes York turned in Luke Hannant's low cross four minutes after coming on as the sides replicated the scoreline from the reverse fixture on Boxing Day.
Report supplied by the Press Association.
- 22DonnellyBooked at 89mins
- 17DeverdicsBooked at 24mins
- 11OatesSubstituted forMunnsat 71'minutes
- 9CassidySubstituted forSimpsonat 87'minutes
- 21RodneySubstituted forAdeloyeat 85'minutes
- 5ByrneBooked at 81mins
- 16PennSubstituted forJohnsonat 65'minutes
- 11PrestonSubstituted forYorkat 75'minutes
- Joe Johnson
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 2, Gateshead 2.
Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Connor Simpson replaces Jake Cassidy.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Tomi Adeloye replaces Devante Rodney.
Neill Byrne (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Gateshead 2. Wes York (Gateshead).
Substitution, Gateshead. Wes York replaces Jordan Preston.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Jack Munns replaces Rhys Oates.
Substitution, Gateshead. Danny Johnson replaces Russell Penn.
Goal! Hartlepool United 2, Gateshead 1. Keith Watson (Hartlepool United).
Second Half begins Hartlepool United 1, Gateshead 1.
First Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Gateshead 1.
Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Gateshead 1. Richard Peniket (Gateshead).
Nicky Deverdics (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Gateshead 0. Keith Watson (Hartlepool United).
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.