Blue Square Bet Premier
Tuesday 20 March 2012 - International Stadium - kick off 7.45pm
||Garner, Gallinagh, Stonehouse, Jones (c), Preece, Burnell (Smith 69), M Canham (Egan 80), Connolly, Hogg, S Canham, Cook (Murray 60). subs not used: Rollo.
|man of the match:
||to be confirmed
||T Harrington (Hartlepool)
|league position: 24th
||next match: Stockport (A)
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Bath City's recent revival came to an end at Gateshead, despite a battling performance from Adie Britton's men in the North East.
Blue Square Bet Premier's bottom side made the long trip in search of a third successive win but went down to Jon Shaw's header midway through the second half.
The result leaves City five points adrift at the foot of the table with just eight games remaining following fellow strugglers Kettering's 2-1 win over Telford.
City were on the back foot for most of the first half and mustered only one shot on target – from Sean Canham in the 21st minute – before the interval.
At the other end, James Curtis twice tested Glyn Garner with headers, the second coming from former Bristol Rovers left-back Chris Carruthers' cross.
Garner was also forced to tip Liam Hatch's shot over the bar midway through the half before tipping a shot from the Gateshead dangerman around the post seven minutes before the break.
The second period was more even and Joe Burnell was unable to convert a half-chance after Jamie Cook and Paul Stonehouse combined on the left flank.
But the visitors fell behind in the 67th minute when a long throw cleared the head of Mark Preece and Shaw was on hand to nod the ball over the line.
Britton threw new signing Dan Smith and fellow substitutes Scott Murray and Josh Egan into the fray as the clock ticked down and Preece's header just cleared the bar with eight minutes to go.
City's final chance came in stoppage time, with Garner coming up from the back to get his head to a corner before Lewis Hogg planted his shot wide of the target.