Hawks 0-1 Gateshead
THE Hawks slumped to a fourth successive National League home defeat as they lost 1-0 against Gateshead at Westleigh Park.
A second-half Steve Rigg header from a corner earned the visitors the points.
Both Hawks loanee signings, Will Wood from Accrington Stanley and Alex Bradley from West Bromwich Albion, were drafted straight into the starting line-up.
The home side made five changes, with defenders Paul Robinson and Jordan Rose returningÂ after injury.
Meanwhile, Ibra Sekajja and Ryan Woodford dropped to the substitutes' bench.
After two minutes Alfie Pavey shot wide fromÂ inside the area after being set upÂ by Nicke Kabamba.
The hostsÂ had to withstand a brief spell of pressure on 15Â minutes as Gateshead forced successive corners.
Visiting goalkeeper Ainsley Pears made a diving save to hold Tyler Cordner's header from Brian Stock's free-kick.
On 34 minutes new-boy Wood curled a 25-yard free-kick into the arms of Pears.
ThenÂ Rose was forced to concede a corner after Scott Boden rounded goalkeeper Ben Dudzinski.
As half-time approached Andreas Robinson fired his effortÂ past the near upright.
Gateshead started the second period the stronger side, withÂ Jack Hunter sendingÂ a 20-yard shot just over the crossbar.
An excellent move from the visitors then ended with Rigg firing against the outside of the post.
From the resulting 56th-minute cornerRiggÂ rose above the defence to head his sideÂ into the lead.
Five minutes later Sekajja replaced Bradley.
Soon after, Wood limped off to be replaced by Cosgrave.
Kabamba forced a low, near post save from Pears with a firmly-struck drive as the hosts pushed for an equaliser.
Shortly after, a good save from Dudzinski keptÂ Rigg'sÂ shot out of the top corner of the net.
Substitute Woodford was lucky to get away with a poor back-pass in the final five minutes.