Match ends, Eastleigh 3, Gateshead 2.
Eastleigh 3-2 Gateshead
Ben Strevens left it late as he fired Eastleigh to a narrow victory over Gateshead.
Ben Williamson sent a brilliant finish past goalkeeper Dan Hanford to give the hosts an early lead.
Danny Hollands hit the bar before Ross Flitney denied Wes York an equaliser with a save at his near post before Jordan Burrow fired just over for Gateshead.
It was James Constable who struck next, the former Oxford man curling a shot into the top corner just after the hour.
Jordan Preston halved the deficit with 16 minutes left and Theo Vassell capitalised on a goalmouth scramble to level at the death.
However, there was more drama to come as, four minutes into stoppage-time, Strevens turned in a Mark Yeates assist following the Irishman's mazy dribble.
Match report supplied by the Press Association
- 3GreenBooked at 33mins
- 25CresswellBooked at 71mins
- 9McCallumSubstituted forMcAllisterat 66'minutes
- 28McSheffreySubstituted forYeatesat 73'minutes
- 25WilliamsonSubstituted forStrevensat 83'minutes
- 16PennSubstituted forO'Donnellat 73'minutes
- 7YorkSubstituted forJohnsonat 64'minutes
- Richard Hulme
Second Half ends, Eastleigh 3, Gateshead 2.
Goal! Eastleigh 3, Gateshead 2. Ben Strevens (Eastleigh).
Goal! Eastleigh 2, Gateshead 2. Theo Vassell (Gateshead).
Substitution, Eastleigh. Ben Strevens replaces Ben Williamson.
Goal! Eastleigh 2, Gateshead 1. Jordan Preston (Gateshead).
Substitution, Eastleigh. Mark Yeates replaces Gary McSheffrey.
Ryan Cresswell (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Eastleigh. Craig McAllister replaces Paul McCallum.
Substitution, Gateshead. Danny Johnson replaces Wes York.
Goal! Eastleigh 2, Gateshead 0. James Constable (Eastleigh).
Second Half begins Eastleigh 1, Gateshead 0.
First Half ends, Eastleigh 1, Gateshead 0.
Michael Green (Eastleigh) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Eastleigh 1, Gateshead 0. Ben Williamson (Eastleigh).
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.