A SUPERB strike two minutes from time from substitute Nathan Fisher saw Gateshead progress to the last 32 of the FA Trophy with a single goal victory at Southport.
The Haig Avenue first round replay looked to be heading for extra-time when Northern League Golden Boot holder Fisher blasted a superb strike into the top corner.
It was quick revenge for the 5-1 Conference Premier defeat at Southport last week, Gateshead now at home to Hampton & Richmond Borough in the second round on Saturday.
Unable to call upon loan trio Michael Liddle, James Tavernier and Joan Edmundsson Gateshead handed first starts to youngster David Brown and Steven Baptist on the left.
Captain Ben Clark dropped back to stiffen a defence that was rarely tested in an uneventful first half.
Gateshead’s leading scorer Jon Shaw then combined with Phil Turnbull but his strong run was ended by Rob Marsh-Evans timely tackle before he could pull the trigger. Gateshead then had a good spell with Clark heading over the bar from James Marwood’s measured free-kick.
Good work down the left from Baptist then produced another chance which Shaw headed wide. Gateshead continued to call the tune and right back Craig Baxter tested Tony McMillan with a driven free kick just before the break.
The Tynesiders conceded five goals in the second half at Haig Avenue last week but there was little prospect of a repeat.
A clever knock down from Simm saw Tony Gray fire over from the edge of the box and Deasy was given a yellow card after clattering Simm outside the box.
Fisher missed a great chance to give Gateshead the lead when he headed straight at McMillan but atoned late on with only his second goal for the club.
SOUTHPORT: McMillan, Williams, Lever, Flynn, Marsh-Evans, Lee, Blakeman, Moogan, Simm, Gray, Kissock Subs: Dickinson (gk), Powell, Barratt, McNeil, Gray
GATESHEAD: Deasy, Baxter, Brown, Gate, Curtis, Clark, Marwood, Turnbull, Shaw, Ferrell, Baptist. Subs: Farman (gk), Brittain, Jones, Fisher, Mulligan
Goals: Fisher 88
Referee: Steve Martin (Staffordshire) Att: 302