Ryan Donaldson hit a brace and set up another as Gateshead hammered Luton to remain above the relegation zone.

Donaldson put the home side ahead with a thunderous strike and then fed Josh Gillies, who swept home.

Luton got back into the game through Dan Walker's volley but Gillies restored Gateshead's advantage with a penalty in first-half injury time.

Donaldson struck in his second after an hour and Liam Hatch's stoppage-time effort rounded off the scoring.

Gateshead sit 18th, two points above the Blue Square Bet Premier drop zone, and have a game in hand on the four teams directly below them.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Luton Town assistant manager Terry Harris told BBC Three Counties Radio:

Luton looking for positives - Harris

"We said if you stand off them, they'll cause you problems, and we certainly did that for 45 minutes. We got nowhere near them and they made us pay. On the day, they looked a very good side.

"We had players, both individually and collectively, not doing their jobs and the final result showed that.

"I'm not saying they didn't work hard, but the result dictates that it wasn't right and that's the frustrating part about it.

"We're going to have bad days - which we had today - and hopefully we won't have too many of them. But I know in future months, and hopefully years, to come we'll have a side that the supporters and Luton Town can be proud of."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Gateshead

  • 01 Bartlett
  • 02 Magney
  • 03 Boyle
  • 05 Curtis
  • 07 Gillies (Fowler - 90' )
  • 08 Turnbull Booked
  • 11 Cummins
  • 18 Donaldson (Everson - 86' )
  • 34 Bore
  • 09 Hatch
  • 14 Brown (Marwood - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 19 Nixon
  • 22 Galpin
  • 15 Marwood
  • 37 Fowler
  • 35 Everson

Luton

  • 33 Brill
  • 02 Rowe-Turner
  • 05 McNulty Booked
  • 12 Ainge
  • 30 Goodman
  • 18 Martin
  • 24 Smith
  • 31 Taiwo (Robinson - 46' Booked )
  • 26 Wall (Rendell - 86' )
  • 27 Gray
  • 29 Walker

Substitutes

  • 38 McFarlane-Barnes
  • 37 Griffiths
  • 23 Robinson
  • 09 Shaw
  • 10 Rendell
Ref: Handley
Att: 382

Match Stats

Shots

18 12

On target

12 7

Corners

4 5

Fouls

13 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:47 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +2:57

Jake Fowler provided the assist for the goal.

90:00 +2:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Liam Hatch - Gateshead 5 - 1 Luton Liam Hatch finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the box high into the middle of the goal. Gateshead 5-1 Luton.

90:00 +0:05

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by David Martin.

89:35

Liam Hatch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jake Goodman. Free kick taken by Dean Brill.

89:02 Substitution

Substitution Jake Fowler joins the action as a substitute, replacing Josh Gillies.

88:44

Effort from the edge of the area by Matt Robinson goes wide of the left-hand upright.

85:32 Substitution

Substitution Alex Wall leaves the field to be replaced by Scott Rendell.

85:32 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Donaldson leaves the field to be replaced by Ben Everson.

85:06

Liam Hatch produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

84:42

The ball is sent over by James Marwood, Steve McNulty makes a clearance.

80:06

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Martin from the right by-line, James Curtis makes a clearance.

75:41

Effort on goal by Josh Gillies from just inside the area clears the bar.

75:04

Unfair challenge on Carl Magnay by Jake Goodman results in a free kick. Adam Bartlett restarts play with the free kick.

74:39

Steve McNulty takes the free kick.

74:39 Booking

Booking Phil Turnbull is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

74:17

Phil Turnbull concedes a free kick for a foul on Jake Goodman.

72:56

Floated corner taken by Josh Gillies, free kick awarded for a foul by Micky Cummins on Jake Goodman. Dean Brill restarts play with the free kick.

72:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Martin by Micky Cummins. Strike on goal comes in from Alex Wall from the free kick, Liam Hatch gets a block in.

71:19

Dan Walker delivers the ball, clearance made by Carl Magnay.

70:09

Phil Turnbull restarts play with the free kick.

70:09 Substitution

Substitution James Marwood on for James Brown.

70:09

The referee blows for offside.

68:12

Effort from just outside the area by Jonathan Smith goes over the target.

67:25

James Brown challenges Jonathan Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Martin.

65:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Donaldson - Gateshead 4 - 1 Luton Goal scored by Ryan Donaldson from the edge of the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Gateshead 4-1 Luton.

65:02

Alex Wall gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Bore. Direct free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.

63:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andre Gray on James Curtis. Adam Bartlett takes the free kick.

63:12

Ryan Donaldson takes a shot. Save by Dean Brill.

62:35

Effort on goal by James Curtis from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

62:15

Corner taken by Josh Gillies from the right by-line, Jake Goodman makes a clearance.

61:54

Ryan Donaldson takes a shot. Save by Dean Brill.

61:25

Jonathan Smith takes a shot. Save by Adam Bartlett.

61:01

Micky Cummins is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Dan Walker.

57:48

Peter Bore produces a cross, Liam Hatch challenges Matt Robinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Dean Brill takes the free kick.

57:03

Phil Turnbull restarts play with the free kick.

57:03 Booking

Booking Matt Robinson is given a yellow card.

56:33

Matt Robinson challenges Liam Hatch unfairly and gives away a free kick.

56:16

The ball is crossed by Dan Walker, clearance made by Carl Magnay.

53:52

Dan Walker delivers the ball, clearance made by James Curtis.

52:40

Foul by David Martin on Peter Bore, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Peter Bore.

51:53

The ball is delivered by Dan Walker, David Martin takes a shot. Blocked by Peter Bore.

51:20

Matt Robinson fouled by Micky Cummins, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jake Goodman.

50:22

Liam Hatch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jake Goodman. Dean Brill takes the direct free kick.

49:22

Shot from just outside the box by Alex Wall goes over the crossbar.

48:30

The ball is swung over by Andre Gray, Alex Wall produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

47:27

James Brown takes a shot. Dean Brill makes a save.

46:15

David Martin produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Matt Robinson on for Solomon Taiwo.

45:00 +2:40 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:58

Assist on the goal came from James Brown.

45:00 +0:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Josh Gillies - Gateshead 3 - 1 Luton Power penalty scored by Josh Gillies. Gateshead 3-1 Luton.

45:00 +0:09

Penalty awarded for a foul by Steve McNulty on James Brown.

42:15

Peter Bore challenges David Martin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Martin.

40:47

The assistant referee signals for offside against Solomon Taiwo. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.

40:07

Solomon Taiwo takes the inswinging corner, Carl Magnay manages to make a clearance.

39:49

Jonathan Smith takes a shot. Peter Bore gets a block in.

39:21

Jonathan Smith fouled by Liam Hatch, the ref awards a free kick. Solomon Taiwo takes the free kick.

38:39

Alex Wall delivers the ball, clearance by James Curtis.

37:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carl Magnay by Alex Wall. Free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.

36:08

James Brown takes a shot. Dean Brill makes a save.

34:52

Assist by David Martin.

34:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Dan Walker - Gateshead 2 - 1 Luton A goal is scored by Dan Walker from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Gateshead 2-1 Luton.

34:02

Liam Hatch takes a shot. Save made by Dean Brill.

32:35

Phil Turnbull takes the free kick.

32:35 Booking

Booking Steve McNulty is cautioned.

32:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Hatch by Steve McNulty.

30:27

Alex Wall concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrick Boyle. Adam Bartlett takes the free kick.

29:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Smith on Phil Turnbull. Direct free kick taken by Phil Turnbull.

25:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Hatch on Jake Goodman. Dean Brill restarts play with the free kick.

22:22

Ryan Donaldson takes a shot. Dean Brill makes a save.

21:41

Unfair challenge on Carl Magnay by Alex Wall results in a free kick. Adam Bartlett restarts play with the free kick.

19:58

Liam Hatch has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

19:34

Andre Gray is caught offside. Carl Magnay restarts play with the free kick.

18:46

Outswinging corner taken by Josh Gillies from the right by-line, Unfair challenge on Jake Goodman by Phil Turnbull results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Dean Brill.

18:32

Ryan Donaldson crosses the ball, Steve McNulty makes a clearance.

17:55

Shot from just outside the box by James Brown misses to the left of the goal.

16:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Micky Cummins by Jonathan Smith. Phil Turnbull restarts play with the free kick.

15:00

Ryan Donaldson provided the assist for the goal.

15:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Josh Gillies - Gateshead 2 - 0 Luton Josh Gillies finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Gateshead 2-0 Luton.

13:05

Peter Bore produces a cross.

11:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Donaldson - Gateshead 1 - 0 Luton Ryan Donaldson finds the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Gateshead 1-0 Luton.

10:13

Unfair challenge on James Curtis by Alex Wall results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Bartlett.

9:16

Patrick Boyle produces a cross.

8:59

Liam Hatch fouled by Steve McNulty, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Phil Turnbull.

6:50

The assistant referee signals for offside against Josh Gillies. Free kick taken by Dean Brill.

5:36

Josh Gillies has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

4:55

Liam Hatch concedes a free kick for a foul on Solomon Taiwo. Direct free kick taken by Steve McNulty.

3:43

Josh Gillies takes the inswinging corner, Micky Cummins takes a shot. Save made by Dean Brill.

3:24

Ryan Donaldson takes a shot. Solomon Taiwo gets a block in.

3:03

Inswinging corner taken by David Martin, save by Adam Bartlett.

2:23

Inswinging corner taken by Solomon Taiwo from the left by-line, Andre Gray takes a shot. Save by Adam Bartlett.

2:08

Dan Walker takes a shot. Patrick Boyle gets a block in.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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