Gateshead 4-2 Birtley Town
Gateshead progressed in a cup competition for the second time in four days with a 4-2 victory over Birtley Town in the Durham Challenge Cup on Wednesday evening.
In an entertaining game, goals from Wayne Phillips and another hat-trick from striker Paul Thompson saw the Tynesiders see off their Northern League opponents at the International Stadium.
In a game that saw Ian Bogie rest many key first team players for Saturday's important Unibond Premier Division match, the visitors took a suprise lead in the first half only for Thompson to level before the interval.
In the second half the hosts, who were due to play away only for Birtley to switch the game due to floodlight issues, turned on the style and moved in to a seemingly unassailable lead with goals from Phillips and then Thompson from the penalty spot, equaling Bob Topping's goal scoring record in the process to give Gateshead a 3-1 advantage.
A resilient Birtley side pulled another goal back to reduce their arrears but the night belonged to Paul Thompson who before the final whistle grabbed his hat-trick and more importantly overtook Topping's record to become the club's leading ever scorer on 129 goals in his 400th game for Gateshead.
Full time 4-2