Gateshead 2-0 Macclesfield Town
Gateshead made light work of relegated League Two outfit Macclesfield Town as they eased into the second round of the FA Trophy.
The Heed, Trophy quarter-finalists and semi-finalists in the last two years, scored in each half in front of the lowest crowd of the season at the International Stadium.
Macclesfield's only spell of pressure came in injury time when Adam Bartlett had to save smartly from substitute Chris Holroyd.
That apart the Tynesiders custodian had one of his quietest games of the season as Gateshead bossed proceedings.
Neat play in midfield from both sides failed to produce clear-cut chances in an opening 20 minutes dominated by the home side.
Amari Morgan-Smith had the Silkmen's only effort of the first half, a 4th minute shot from the edge of the box that he scuffed wide.
Josh Gillies' angled shot on the turn went past the far post and Nathan Fisher shot over from distance as The Heed continued to probe.
It was England C man Gillies who almost grabbed the opener but he shot past the near post after gliding into the right side of the box.
Macclesfield, who made six changes to the side well beaten at home by Mansfield, were looking to avoid a 4th consecutive defeat.
Gateshead were well on top and they deservedly made the break through just past the half hour.
Liam Hatch's sweeping ball from right to left saw Ryan Donaldson's goalbound angled shot deflected past the far post.
From Gillies' right side corner on loan York City schemer Lee Bullock rose to power a 12 yard header into the bottom corner, his first goal for the club.
Gateshead suffered a set back eight minutes into the second half when front man Hatch limped off with a calf injury but were soon two up.
Fisher gained half a yard on the left to dink a cross into the danger area where Silkmen's defender Tony Diagne sliced into his own net.
Macclesfield threw on strike pair Matthew Barnes-Homer and Chris Holroyd in an attempt to get back into the tie but Gateshead continued to show the greater urgency, Bartlett in the home goal remaining untroubled.
Twice Trophy winners Macclesfield offered little resistance as a superior Heed cruised into the second round.
New loan signing from York, Liam Henderson, had three efforts at goal on his debut after coming off the bench before Gillies almost put the icing on the cake three minutes from time.
Fed by Bullock's reverse ball Gillies' eight yard shot was beaten away by Lance Cronin at his near post at the expense of a corner.
Gateshead had been comfortable for much of the game
but an out gunned Macclesfield belatedly came to life in stoppage time.
Holroyd found himself in space deep in the left side of the box but couldn't get the better of Bartlett who made his first telling save of the night.
It had been an impressive all round display from Gateshead who have conceded just ten goals in the last 11 games.
Gillies and Donaldson continue to impress while Bullock was again impressive in midfield on a night when The Heed were solid throughout the team.
The Tynesiders picked up £5,000 in prize money and will look eagerly ahead to Monday's 2nd round draw at Wembley.
Gateshead: Bartlett, Wilson, Boyle (Bush 61), Bullock, Curtis, Clark, Gillies, Turnbull, Hatch ( Henderson 53), Fisher (Cummins 74), Donaldson
Subs (not used): Nixon (gk), Odubade
Goals: Bullock (33), Diagne - og (56)
Macclesfield Town: Cronin, Charnock, Mackreth (Barnes-Homer 65),Morgan-Smith, Winn, Diagne, Wedgbury, Fairhurst, Braham-Barrett, McNamee (Holroyd 65), Martin
Subs (not used): Jackson, Henry, Mills
Referee: Ross Joyce (Billingham)
Gateshead celebrate Lee Bullock's opening goal
Liam Hatch guards the ball as former Gateshead winger Peter Winn watches on
Ryan Donaldson. Photos by Martin Avery.