Dunston 0 - 1 Gateshead
A late goal from former Newcastle United schemer Martin Brittain gave Gateshead victory at Dunston UTS in their second pre-season friendly.
Brittain found the top corner with a fine 20 yard free kick in a game that saw manager Ian Bogie use 18 players with Chris Swailes, Phil Turnbull and Steven Richardson the only absentees.
The latter two are expected to shrug off minor knocks to face a Sunderland XI at the International Stadium on Saturday.
Gateshead included left back Phil Cave after the club received the necessary paperwork from Livingston, but international clearance is still awaited for German midfielder Christoph Ascherel.
Former £1 million man Trevor Benjamin made his Gateshead bow but was replaced by Dunston's all time record scorer Graeme Armstrong, who went on to miss a close range effort, at half-time.
"If he was 100% fit and free from injury Benjamin would be an asset to most sides as he is a handful," said Bogie "but unfortunately he was clearly carrying a calf injury and lacked a bit of spring."
Trialists Michael Brown and Dan Neary both started for the first time, midfielder Brown having being released by Airdrie United and Neary Newcastle United.
Both however have been advised to look for new clubs as Bogie continues his search for more new blood, with Dunston already showing an interest in Neary.
Young midfielder Kieran Wrightson, the son of Gateshead assistant manager Jeff Wrightson, was given a run out following his release from the Newcastle United academy.
Gateshead: Farman, Baxter, Cave, Francis, Curtis, Pelonde, Harwood, Wrightson, Benjamin, Neary, Brown
Subs; (all used) Provett (gk), Robinson, Gate, Brittain, Phillips, Armstrong, Jones
By Jeff Bowron
Craig Baxter makes inroads down the right during the 1-0 pre-season friendly win at Dunston. Pic by David Gaddess.