Chester FC were knocked out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle after a stunning James Curtis strike gave Gateshead a one-nil victory.
With two players suspended Neil Young changed his formation again, a 4-2-1-3, with plenty of attacking options on the pitch it was Gateshead who started the brighter.
James Marwood nearly got Gateshead off to the perfect start, breaking through the back line but put his effort just past the post.
The game evened out, Chester pressing but unable to create any clearcut chances.
Gateshead looked dangerous on the counter attack at pace but struggled to create chances themselves.
Jason Jarrett came on for Chester at the break for the lively Alex Titchiner.
Chester started the second half brighter, Gareth Seddon turning well but scuffed his shot goalwards.
Jamie Chandler had a golden chance to break the deadlock for the visitors but his control let him down.
Gateshead continued to attack but Lewis Turner made an outstanding block from Liam Hatch's effort. Moments Jamie Chandler hit his effort over the bar.
With an hour played Chester had a great chance, a free kick from the half way line was headed across the face of the goal by Danny Higginbotham but nobody was there to gamble at the far post.
Ross Killock, impressive on his debut, did well to intercept a Gateshead attack which Chester swiftly countered, Reed playing in Seddon behind the defence but as he went away from goal he couldn't get his shot on target.
Gateshead took the lead with sixteen minutes to play, and what a goal too. A corner was excellently dispatched by James Curtis on the volley.
Adam Bartlett produced an outstanding save to keep Gateshead ahead. Ross Killock with a good header low to the 'keepers left and he got down to it superbly to save and win Gateshead the tie.
Chester: Danby, Kay (Williams 56), Reed, Lindfield (Horan 87), L Turner, Killock, McIntyre, N Turner, Higginbotham (c), Seddon, Titchiner (Jarrett 45)
Subs: Heath, Horan, Fearon
Gateshead: Bartlett, Chandler, Curtis, Clark (c), Larkin, Turnbull, Hatch, Baxter, Marwood, Ramshaw (Magnay 74), Sirrell
Subs: Brodie, Cummins, Boyes, Baird, Brown, Tait
Goal Scorers: Gateshead: James Curtis (74)
Bookings: Chester: Michael Kay, Ashley Williams
Man of the match: Chester: Danny Higginbotham, Gateshead: Jamie Chandler.
Referee: Mr Wayne Barrett
Assistants: Mr Mark Ackerman, Mr Chris Husband
4th Official: Mr Leigh Doughty
Match Report by Chris Graham