Maximum efforts all prove to be in vain.
In the new format of a combined men's and women's team, the Tyneside outfit finished in joint fourth place in the six-team contest despite picking up maximum points in many events.
The fastest sprinter on view was Gateshead's Ross Linnett, who won the 100 metres B race in 11.0secs, while Mark Suggitt clocked 11.6secs in the A race for third place.
The 400m was a good event for Gateshead with Steve Redshaw winning the A race in 50.4secs while Kieran Flannery led the field home in the B event in 50.9secs.
Despite carrying an injury, Chris Boundy managed to win the pole vault with a clearance of 4:40m while Flannery followed up his 400m effort by winning the B pole vault competition.
Craig Sturrock won the shot putt competition (13:99m) while cousin Andrew did likewise in the B contest.
It was also double delight in the triple jump, Chris Jefferson (13:74m) a clear victor of the A event with Flannery again at the head of the leader board in the B contest.
In the women's events, Titi Ameobi easily won the 100m (12.3secs), as did Vicky Barr in the 200m (25.4secs), Vicky Carmichael adding good points with a B-string success (26.3secs).
Nicci Youden won the 400m A race in 58.8secs while Vicky Webster did likewise in the B event in 60.0secs.
Phillipa McCrea led the field home in the 800m (2:13.5) and did her bit for the team with a single point in the discus.
The relays brought the meeting to a close and Gateshead triumphed in three of the four events, winning the men's 4x100m and the women's 4x100m and 4x400m.
However, the final flourish just wasn't enough to get them close to the leaders Leeds City, who were winning for the second fixture in a row.
MATCH RESULT: 1 Leeds City 383pts; 2 Rotherham 363; 3 Blackpool and Flyde 358; 4= Preston and Gateshead 355; 6 Pendle 243.