Gateshead 3-0 Dartford

06/02/2011, by Jeff Bowron

Kris GateGateshead booked their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy for the first time in 15 years - but they were taken all the way by Conference South outfit Dartford.

The plucky Darts were on the back foot but still in it until late goals from Brian Wake and Kris Gate settled an absorbing tie.

Gateshead had been good value for an interval lead given to them by Phil Turnbull's 42nd minute deflected strike.

Kent outfit Dartford then bossed the opening 20 minutes of the second half without finding the net or seriously testing Tim Deasy in the Gateshead goal.

The Tynesiders had fallen off the pace but the introduction of Wake and Josh Gillies gave Ian Bogie's men fresh impetus.

And a late double left a delirious Heed Army dreaming of a first visit to Wembley for Tyneside's other black-and-whites.

Gateshead were a threat throughout a lively first half with determined underdogs Dartford quick to get men behind the ball.

Nathan Fisher had an early effort tipped over while visitors captain Elliot Bradbrook's angled shot struck Deasy's legs in a rare Dartford foray.

Magpie James Tavernier had a shot deflected wide after a surging run while Jon Shaw was unable to convert Black Cat Michael Liddle's through ball, Darts keeper Andy Young providing the block.

Top scorer Shaw had a header deflected wide before the breakthrough finally arrived three minutes before the break.

Craig Nelthorpe made ground down the left to find Fisher whose lay-off saw Turnbull's low 25-yard drive take a slight deflection.

Roared on by a sizeable following the Darts fought back with on loan striker Jon Main heading just wide and having a goalbound shot blocked by the impressive James Curtis.

Gateshead had been second best for the opening 20 minutes of the second period but Shaw missed a glorious chance from three yards to give the Heed breathing space.

Substitutions, however, galvanised Gateshead who finally made their full-time, and higher status count.

Gillies was a real handful down the left, having three shots blocked in one incident and providing tellling crosses that asked questions of the Darts defence.

The game, however, was still in the balance as it entered the final five minutes but Gateshead put the tie to bed with a double blast.

Fisher threaded a ball into the path of Wake who cleverly dinked a shot over Young as the Darts keeper went to ground.

Gate then added a third from near the line after Martin Brittain had driven Gillies' centre across the face of goal - Gateshead's second 3-0 win of the week.

The final scoreline was a tad harsh on a spirited Dartford whose travelling fans contributed to a lively atmosphere.

Gateshead, with only one defeat from the last eight games, can now look forward to a last eight tie, the draw taking place at Wembley on Monday.


Gateshead: Deasy, Tavernier, Liddle, Gate, Curtis, Clark, Brittain, Turnbull, Shaw (Wake 76), Fisher (Allan 88), Nelthorpe (Gillies 74)
Subs (not used): Farman (gk), Baxter

Shots On Target: 11, Shots Off Target: 7, Corners: 14, Offsides: 2, Fouls Conceeded: 4, Yellow Cards: 3, Red Cards: 0


Dartford: Young, Burgess, Bonner, Bruce, Goodacre, Champion, Harris, White (Hayes 71), Sheringham (Rook 78), Main, Bradbrook
Subs (not used): Ibrahim (gk), Burns, Foster

Shots On Target: 3, Shots Off Target: 3, Corners: 3, Offsides: 4, Fouls Conceeded: 6, Yellow Cards: 2, Red Cards: 0


Referee: Jez Simpson (Lancaster)

Att: 501


Nathan Fisher

Nathan Fisher


James Tavernier

James Tavernier

Jon Shaw

Jon Shaw


Nathan Fisher

Nathan Fisher. Photos by Martin Avery.