Match ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Gateshead 1.
Sam Jones' second-half effort proved enough as Gateshead edged out Tranmere at Prenton Park.
Interim Rovers boss Paul Carden handed home debuts to Mitchell Duggan and Elliot Osborne and the latter went close from long range midway through the first half.
Visiting goalkeeper Dan Hanford also kept out a dangerous effort from Jake Kirby and then denied Jay Harris, while Gateshead came close through Wesley York at the other end as the tide began to turn.
The away side took the lead six minutes after the break as Jones tapped home York's cross from close range for his side's first goal in almost seven hours.
Kirby came close to grabbing an equaliser just after the hour mark but his effort was blocked by midfielder Paddy McLaughlin as the Heed held on.
Report supplied by the Press Association
- 15AlmondSubstituted forTollittat 55'minutes
- 17KirbySubstituted forStephensonat 71'minutes
- 3SmithSubstituted forMafutaat 43'minutes
- 7YorkBooked at 34mins
- 16PennBooked at 90mins
- 18BellSubstituted forStycheat 69'minutes
- Wayne Barratt
Second Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Gateshead 1.
Russell Penn (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Darren Stephenson replaces Jake Kirby.
Substitution, Gateshead. Reece Styche replaces Nyal Bell.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Ben Tollitt replaces Louis Almond.
Goal! Tranmere Rovers 0, Gateshead 1. Sam Jones (Gateshead).
Second Half begins Tranmere Rovers 0, Gateshead 0.
First Half ends, Tranmere Rovers 0, Gateshead 0.
Substitution, Gateshead. Gus Mafuta replaces George Smith.
Wes York (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.