Match ends, Gateshead 2, Hartlepool United 1.
Gateshead showed their National League play-off credentials with a 2-1 win over rivals Hartlepool at the Gateshead International Stadium.
Both sides had great chances to open the scoring in a frantic start before Luke Armstrong's effort from the edge of the penalty area somehow made its way past Scott Loach in the 13th minute to give the hosts the lead.
Robbie Tinkler rattled the crossbar from range as the home side looked to double their advantage and the Gateshead fans did not have to wait long to be celebrating once more as on-loan Middlesbrough forward Armstrong grabbed his 10th league goal of the season just after the half-hour mark.
Hartlepool rallied to get back in the game and went close through Liam Noble, Conor Newton and Niko Muir before they were given a lifeline as Gateshead midfielder Tom White was shown a straight red card with six minutes left, before Pools were awarded a penalty three minutes later.
Noble converted to set up a tense finish, and Hartlepool almost pulled off a great comeback but Kenton Richardson hit the woodwork late on, as Gateshead held on.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 2TinklerBooked at 29mins
- 3BarrowSubstituted forO'Donnellat 51'minutes
- 15WhiteBooked at 84mins
- 19BodenSubstituted forRiggat 65'minutes
- 24NewtonSubstituted forHawkesat 81'minutes
- 8HawkinsSubstituted forJamesat 51'minutes
- Andrew Miller
Second Half ends, Gateshead 2, Hartlepool United 1.
Goal! Gateshead 2, Hartlepool United 1. Liam Noble (Hartlepool United) converts the penalty with a.
Tom White (Gateshead) is shown the red card.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Josh Hawkes replaces Conor Newton.
Substitution, Gateshead. Steven Rigg replaces Scott Boden.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Luke James replaces Lewis Hawkins.
Substitution, Gateshead. JJ O'Donnell replaces Scott Barrow.
Second Half begins Gateshead 2, Hartlepool United 0.
First Half ends, Gateshead 2, Hartlepool United 0.
Goal! Gateshead 2, Hartlepool United 0. Luke Armstrong (Gateshead).
Robbie Tinkler (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Gateshead 1, Hartlepool United 0. Luke Armstrong (Gateshead).
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.