Match ends, Gateshead 0, Luton Town 5.
Brothers Olly and Elliot Lee were both on the scoresheet as Luton avoided a potential FA Cup banana skin by beating National League outfit Gateshead.
The game was overshadowed by a serious injury to home defender Scott Barrow in the build-up to the first goal, clattering into his own goalkeeper Dan Hanford before a 15-minute delay saw the centre-back taken to hospital after falling unconscious.
The goal itself came about following the 41st minute mix-up in the Gateshead back-line, with the ball falling to Olly Lee who slammed in from the edge of the box.
Dan Potts then doubled the Hatters' advantage from a similar position in the 63rd minute, nodding an Andrew Shinnie cross back across goal and into the net before Elliot Lee latched onto his brother's attempted shot to slot home and end Gateshead hopes.
There was still time for the hosts to hit the crossbar and post through Danny Johnson and Paddy McLaughlin respectively, but stoppage-time strikes from Danny Hylton and Luke Berry added an emphatic edge to the scoreline.
Report supplied by the Press Association.
- 3BarrowSubstituted forFyfieldat 45+11'minutesBooked at 53mins
- 15MaxwellSubstituted forPrestonat 54'minutes
- 14O'DonnellSubstituted forPeniketat 55'minutes
- 16ReaBooked at 60minsSubstituted forMpanzuat 74'minutes
- 8LeeSubstituted forGambinat 69'minutes
- 38LeeSubstituted forCookat 69'minutes
- 9HyltonBooked at 78mins
- Ben Toner
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Gateshead 0, Luton Town 5.
Foul by Alan Sheehan (Luton Town).
Danny Johnson (Gateshead) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Goal! Gateshead 0, Luton Town 5. Luke Berry (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu.
Attempt missed. Richard Peniket (Gateshead) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Fraser Kerr following a set piece situation.
Foul by Danny Hylton (Luton Town).
Jordan Preston (Gateshead) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Goal! Gateshead 0, Luton Town 4. Danny Hylton (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Cook.
Corner, Gateshead. Conceded by Marek Stech.
Attempt saved. Jordan Preston (Gateshead) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Johnson.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Jordan Cook (Luton Town) because of an injury.
Attempt blocked. Danny Hylton (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Stacey.
Offside, Gateshead. Dan Hanford tries a through ball, but Jordan Burrow is caught offside.
Offside, Luton Town. Johnny Mullins tries a through ball, but Jack Stacey is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Danny Hylton (Luton Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Shinnie.
Attempt missed. Richard Peniket (Gateshead) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Danny Hylton (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.
Danny Hylton (Luton Town) has gone down, but that's a dive.