Gateshead lost their first home match in seven as Remy Clerima’s early strike helped Maidenhead in their relegation battle.

The Magpies took the lead just before the half hour mark as Remy Clerima got on the end of James Conley’s floated ball who volleyed past Aynsley Pears.

Gateshead nearly drew level two minutes later with Cameron Salkeld racing down the left before smashing over at the near post.

A higher tempo second half from the home side lead to more attempts but Maidenhead’s stubbornness meant Maidenhead held on for the win.

The Tynesiders made three changes from the defeat at Hartlepool due to injuries and expired loan deals and a bench including former retired defender, Ben Clark.

The away side dominated the entirety of the first half with Comley pulling the strings and he created the only goal after 29 minutes by teasing with Connor Thomson before he floated the ball into the box and Clerima met the cross, volleying past the diving Pears.

The North-East side had a rare attack two minutes after they conceded as Cameron Salkeld picked the ball up in the left side of the midfield before driving into the box but his shot couldn’t be guided goalward powering the ball over the top.

Scott Boden had a collection of chances in the second half with Thomsen, Robbie Tinkler and Salkeld getting crosses into him but he could only find the goalkeeper on every occasion.

Gateshead were left wondering how they didn’t draw level after there were a succession of shots from Steve Rigg, Elliot Forbes and Boden got blocked by purple shirts with 10 minutes left.