GATESHEAD stretched their unbeaten run to nine matches and Middlesbrough youngster Brad James played a key role.

The goalkeeper, on loan from the Riverside, was satisfied with the hard-fought point against Kidderminster Harriers in tough conditions.

At a wind-swept and wet International Stadium, the Heed secured a goalless draw to stay in the mix for a play-off spot.

“I’d take a point due to the conditions we were in,” James told “Even though we had the best chances in the game, a point is a point. I wouldn’t say I’m disappointed with not getting all three, although that’s what we would’ve liked.

“Anyone who watched the game could see how much the weather affected the game though, I could barely even take goal-kicks! We can take another game unbeaten and another clean sheet away from today, so that is a positive for us.

James made a string of saves to help maintain the unbeaten stretch.

He added: “With the wind coming at me in the second half, I was expecting long-range shots so I was ready for them. I’m glad I was able to hold on and get the clean sheet in the end. You could say I’ve had a few freebies in the past but I definitely deserved that one. I’m even more happy to get the man of the match award."

Gateshead, managed by player-boss Mike Williamson, the former Newcastle defender, only have five remaining home games and James has enjoyed it – just like Aynsley Pears once did.

“I’ve loved every minute of being here,” said the 20-year-old. “It’s been the making of me - the best thing I’ve ever done in my life!”

Gateshead: James; Forbes (Tear 21), Williamson, Cooper; Nicholson, Deverdics, Agnew, Barrow (O’Donnell 32); Olley, Keating, Preston. Subs (nit used): Guthrie, Curry, Oliver.