Promotion hopefuls Gateshead were denied all three points by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson's late equaliser in a closely-fought north-east derby.

Gateshead had gone ahead through Martin Brittain's finely-taken free-kick early in the second half.

That looked to be enough before Chris Carruthers was sent off for a foul on Bridge-Wilkinson inside the box.

The former Carlisle man stepped up to convert the resulting spot-kick and seal a share of the points.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Darlington caretaker boss Craig Liddle told BBC Tees:

Liddle proud of Quakers character

"The performance for me speaks volumes for the guys in the dressing room.

"They're going through so much, they've had an unbelievable eight weeks, and to go out there on Boxing Day and put in that commitment, I can't speak highly enough of them.

"We lost Johnny [Sanchez-Munoz] who has gone back to Spain. I didn't know Liam Hatch would be fit, and he's put himself on the line. The credit goes to the lads."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Gateshead

  • 01 Deasy
  • 05 Curtis
  • 06 Clark
  • 14 Baxter
  • 20 Carruthers Dismissed
  • 04 Gate Booked
  • 07 Brittain (Rents - 84' )
  • 08 Turnbull
  • 11 Cummins (Fisher - 46' )
  • 09 Shaw
  • 19 Moore (Marwood - 73' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 24 Alnwick
  • 03 Rents
  • 16 Gillies
  • 17 Marwood
  • 12 Fisher

Darlington

  • 23 Russell
  • 02 Arnison
  • 03 Brown
  • 18 Lee
  • 04 Chandler
  • 08 Taylor
  • 16 McReady (Gray - 82' )
  • 20 Rundle
  • 30 Hopson
  • 31 Bridge-Wilkinson
  • 07 Hatch (Harrison - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Nixon
  • 15 Gray
  • 14 Atkinson
  • 27 Harrison
  • 28 Gray
Ref: West
Att: 1,522

Match Stats

Shots

10 9

On target

6 2

Corners

2 3

Fouls

13 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:39 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:19

The ball is crossed by Adam Rundle, save made by Tim Deasy.

90:00 +2:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kris Taylor by James Curtis. Aaron Brown takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +0:43

Direct free kick taken by Kris Taylor.

90:00 +0:43 Booking

Booking James Marwood is given a yellow card.

90:00 +0:26

James Marwood concedes a free kick for a foul on Dale Hopson.

87:47

Handball decision goes against Adam Rundle. Direct free kick taken by Tim Deasy.

86:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Graeme Lee by Nathan Fisher. Free kick taken by Graeme Lee.

85:31

The ball is sent over by Adam Rundle, James Gray has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

85:05

Drilled left-footed shot by Phil Turnbull. Jamie Chandler gets a block in.

83:42

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

83:06 Substitution

Substitution Martin Brittain leaves the field to be replaced by Sam Rents.

81:38 Substitution

Substitution John McReady goes off and James Gray comes on.

81:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Marc Bridge-Wilkinson - Gateshead 1 - 1 Darlington Marc Bridge-Wilkinson scores a placed penalty. Gateshead 1-1 Darlington.

80:18 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee shows Chris Carruthers a red card.

80:07

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc Bridge-Wilkinson by Chris Carruthers.

78:15 Substitution

Substitution Scott Harrison joins the action as a substitute, replacing Liam Hatch.

76:44

Liam Hatch sends in a cross, James Curtis manages to make a clearance.

76:13

A cross is delivered by Craig Baxter, clearance made by Graeme Lee.

75:01

Paul Arnison concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Carruthers. Free kick taken by Tim Deasy.

72:49 Substitution

Substitution James Marwood replaces Chris Moore.

71:45

The ball is sent over by Martin Brittain, Sam Russell makes a save.

71:25

Centre by Chris Moore, Sam Russell makes a save.

69:37

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson from the left by-line to the near post, James Curtis manages to make a clearance.

69:33

A cross is delivered by Adam Rundle, clearance made by Ben Clark.

69:17

Aaron Brown delivers the ball, clearance by Phil Turnbull.

69:01

The ball is delivered by Graeme Lee, clearance made by James Curtis.

66:16

Jamie Chandler crosses the ball, clearance by James Curtis.

65:15

Free kick taken by Tim Deasy.

65:15 Booking

Booking Kris Gate receives a caution.

65:00

Liam Hatch is caught offside.

63:35

Liam Hatch produces a cross, Chris Carruthers manages to make a clearance.

62:44

The ball is swung over by Martin Brittain, Paul Arnison makes a clearance.

60:36

Inswinging corner taken by Adam Rundle from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Phil Turnbull.

60:29

The ball is delivered by Dale Hopson, clearance by Ben Clark.

58:35

Shot from deep inside the area by Kris Gate goes over the bar.

57:45

A cross is delivered by Craig Baxter.

56:42

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson crosses the ball, clearance made by James Curtis.

55:23

Martin Brittain crosses the ball, clearance made by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson.

54:18

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.

53:37

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Arnison by Chris Moore. Free kick taken by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson.

52:46

Assist on the goal came from Jon Shaw.

52:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Martin Brittain - Gateshead 1 - 0 Darlington Martin Brittain scores a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Gateshead 1-0 Darlington.

51:38

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Shaw by Graeme Lee.

51:24

The ball is swung over by Martin Brittain, clearance by Kris Taylor.

50:08

Kris Taylor challenges Nathan Fisher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Turnbull takes the free kick.

49:41

The ball is sent over by Chris Moore, Graeme Lee makes a clearance.

49:30

Shot from 20 yards from Craig Baxter. Blocked by Jamie Chandler.

49:20

The ball is swung over by Martin Brittain, Paul Arnison manages to make a clearance.

47:06

Adam Rundle fouled by Phil Turnbull, the ref awards a free kick. Aaron Brown takes the free kick.

45:07

Paul Arnison challenges Jon Shaw unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Phil Turnbull.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Fisher replaces Micky Cummins.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:50

Chris Carruthers crosses the ball, Sam Russell makes a save.

44:18

Liam Hatch challenges Chris Carruthers unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Deasy takes the free kick.

42:58

Unfair challenge on Jamie Chandler by Micky Cummins results in a free kick. Marc Bridge-Wilkinson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Tim Deasy makes a save.

41:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Curtis by Dale Hopson. Tim Deasy takes the direct free kick.

41:09

Shot from just outside the area by Phil Turnbull goes over the bar.

40:03

Corner taken right-footed by Martin Brittain.

39:36

Unfair challenge on Jon Shaw by Graeme Lee results in a free kick. Jon Shaw takes the free kick.

39:06

Chris Moore fouled by Paul Arnison, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Phil Turnbull.

38:00

Unfair challenge on Jon Shaw by Jamie Chandler results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Carruthers from right wing, clearance made by Graeme Lee.

37:01

Adam Rundle produces a drilled left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

33:13

Unfair challenge on Chris Moore by Paul Arnison results in a free kick. Chris Carruthers restarts play with the free kick.

31:04

Martin Brittain crosses the ball, clearance by Kris Taylor.

30:04

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson from the right by-line, Craig Baxter makes a clearance.

29:46

Jamie Chandler takes a shot. Save made by Tim Deasy.

29:25

Dale Hopson has an effort at goal. Save by Tim Deasy.

29:07

The referee blows for offside against Liam Hatch. Free kick taken by Tim Deasy.

29:00

Paul Arnison crosses the ball.

26:02

Kris Taylor produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

25:03

Paul Arnison concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Moore. Free kick crossed right-footed by Martin Brittain from left wing, Kris Taylor manages to make a clearance.

24:03

Shot from deep inside the area by Kris Gate clears the bar.

23:44

Shot by Chris Moore. Graeme Lee gets a block in.

22:47

The ball is crossed by Chris Carruthers, Graeme Lee makes a clearance.

21:55

Centre by Micky Cummins, Graeme Lee makes a clearance.

21:04

The ball is crossed by Martin Brittain, Kris Gate has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

19:49

The ball is crossed by Martin Brittain, clearance by Graeme Lee.

18:38

Liam Hatch is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Ben Clark.

18:04

Liam Hatch produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

17:05

Centre by Chris Carruthers, clearance made by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson.

13:53

Unfair challenge on Jamie Chandler by Micky Cummins results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kris Taylor.

11:59

Foul by Craig Baxter on John McReady, free kick awarded. The ball is swung over by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, Close range headed effort by Graeme Lee goes wide of the left-hand upright.

10:52

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson fouled by Kris Gate, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jamie Chandler.

8:14

Paul Arnison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kris Gate. Martin Brittain has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Sam Russell.

7:53

Adam Rundle fouled by Chris Carruthers, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Arnison takes the free kick.

6:08

Centre by Chris Carruthers, Sam Russell makes a save.

5:42

The ball is delivered by Craig Baxter, Kris Taylor manages to make a clearance.

5:11

Martin Brittain takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Paul Arnison.

4:48

Martin Brittain crosses the ball, Kris Gate takes a shot. Blocked by Kris Taylor.

3:42

Micky Cummins concedes a free kick for a foul on John McReady. Direct free kick taken by Kris Taylor.

1:31

The assistant referee flags for offside against Dale Hopson. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Deasy.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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