Gateshead kept their play-off hopes alive with a dominant win over mid-table Lincoln City.

Veteran striker Jack Lester, making his full debut, put Gateshead in front early on, curling home from 25 yards.

The advantage was doubled just before half-time when Jamie Chandler volleyed in JJ O'Donnell's cross.

Substitute Jon Nolan pulled one back for the visitors but Ryan Noble's finish secured the points before Lincoln's Thierry Audel was sent off.

Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Lincolnshire:

"They play in such a way that if you don't go and press them and take chances they just keep possession and they had two shots in the first half and scored two goals.

Post-match: Lincoln manager Simpson

"In the second half we decided to make a change and went with an extra player in midfield and another further forward and go man for man in every area of the pitch and I thought in the second half we out-footballed the football team.

"I thought we were terrific and if Todd (Jordan) had scored to make it 2-2 there would only have been one winner then. At 2-2 the momentum would have been with us.

"(The sending off) looked like two of our players collided and hit one of their players who they didn't know was there, but the referee sends Thierry off and says it's a dangerous tackle. I'm absolutely dumbfounded by that decision.

"But I can't fault my players, they've been terrific to come back in the second half in the way they did. We were braver in the second half and that might be something we learn from in the future."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Gateshead

  • 01 Bartlett
  • 05 Curtis Booked
  • 16 Baxter
  • 06 Clark Booked
  • 08 Turnbull
  • 18 Marwood
  • 29 Oster (Ramshaw - 63' )
  • 04 Chandler
  • 17 Walker (Magnay - 65' )
  • 38 O'Donnell
  • 19 Lester (Noble - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Ramshaw
  • 02 Magnay
  • 27 Holt
  • 11 Cummins
  • 35 Noble

Lincoln City

  • 30 Townsend
  • 05 Audel Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 02 Miller
  • 03 Newton
  • 23 Brown
  • 26 Adams
  • 04 Jordan (Rowe - 86' )
  • 12 Sheridan
  • 24 Mendy
  • 07 Arthur (Nolan - 46' )
  • 11 Tomlinson Booked

Substitutes

  • 09 Rowe
  • 17 Dixon
  • 31 Preece
  • 19 Nolan
  • 15 Gray
Ref: Peter Banks
Att: 804

Match Stats

Shots

7 3

On target

4 1

Corners

0 0

Fouls

4 16

Live Text Commentary

+4:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Gateshead 3, Lincoln City 1.

90:00 +3:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Gateshead 3, Lincoln City 1.

90:00 +2:26

Foul by Jon Nolan (Lincoln City).

90:00 +2:26

Jamie Chandler (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

90:00 +2:13

Attempt blocked. James Marwood (Gateshead) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +1:47

Foul by Arnaud Mendy (Lincoln City).

90:00 +1:47

James Marwood (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

89:37 Dismissal

Dismissal Thierry Audel (Lincoln City) is shown the red card for fighting.

89:24

Foul by Thierry Audel (Lincoln City).

89:24

Jamie Chandler (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

85:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Lincoln City. Danny L. Rowe replaces Todd Jordan.

85:52

Corner, Lincoln City.

84:43 Booking

Booking Ben Clark (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:40

Foul by Ben Clark (Gateshead).

84:40

Jake Sheridan (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

84:01

Foul by Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City).

84:01

Carl Magnay (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

81:21

Corner, Gateshead.

80:55

Foul by Charlee Adams (Lincoln City).

80:55

Rob Ramshaw (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

78:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gateshead 3, Lincoln City 1. Ryan Noble (Gateshead) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by James Marwood with a cross.

76:44 Booking

Booking James Curtis (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

75:52 Booking

Booking Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75:46

Foul by Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City).

75:46

James Curtis (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

72:55

Foul by Jon Nolan (Lincoln City).

72:55

Rob Ramshaw (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

71:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gateshead. Ryan Noble replaces Jack Lester.

71:38

Foul by Jake Sheridan (Lincoln City).

71:38

JJ O'Donnell (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

70:48

Foul by James Curtis (Gateshead).

70:48

Arnaud Mendy (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

66:03

Corner, Gateshead.

64:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gateshead. Carl Magnay replaces Josh Walker.

63:54

Foul by Jake Sheridan (Lincoln City).

63:54

JJ O'Donnell (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

62:54

Attempt missed. Todd Jordan (Lincoln City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high.

62:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Gateshead. Rob Ramshaw replaces John Oster.

61:53

Foul by Craig Baxter (Gateshead).

61:53

Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

60:33

Corner, Lincoln City.

57:01

Foul by Josh Walker (Gateshead).

57:01

Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City) wins a free kick.

55:39

Foul by Jake Sheridan (Lincoln City).

55:39

John Oster (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

53:45

Attempt missed. Thierry Audel (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

49:20

Foul by Charlee Adams (Lincoln City).

49:20

JJ O'Donnell (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

48:29

Attempt missed. Josh Walker (Gateshead) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

48:07 Booking

Booking Thierry Audel (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

48:01

Foul by Thierry Audel (Lincoln City).

48:01

Jack Lester (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

46:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gateshead 2, Lincoln City 1. Jon Nolan (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the high centre of the goal.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Lincoln City. Jon Nolan replaces Koby Arthur.

45:00

Second Half begins Gateshead 2, Lincoln City 0.

45:00 +1:20 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Gateshead 2, Lincoln City 0.

45:00 +0:54

Corner, Gateshead.

43:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gateshead 2, Lincoln City 0. Jamie Chandler (Gateshead) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by JJ O'Donnell with a cross.

33:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Gateshead 1, Lincoln City 0. Jack Lester (Gateshead) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

33:13

Foul by Jake Sheridan (Lincoln City).

33:13

Phillip Turnbull (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

24:21

Foul by Nathaniel Brown (Lincoln City).

24:21

Jack Lester (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

20:38

Attempt missed. Jamie Chandler (Gateshead) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by John Oster.

20:15

Corner, Gateshead.

19:36

Foul by Jake Sheridan (Lincoln City).

19:36

Josh Walker (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

15:30

Attempt saved. Craig Baxter (Gateshead) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

11:22

Foul by Todd Jordan (Lincoln City).

11:22

James Marwood (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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