HERE is our report from a gutting late loss at Gateshead.
Full time: Gateshead 3 Chester 2
GOAL! Gateshead 3 Chester 2
The Heed look like they have won it here. Looked like another own goal from corner.
Matty Waters and Harry White combine with Waters curling well beyond Hanford for his first goal for the Blues in the National League.
GOAL! Gateshead 2 Chester 2
Matty Waters with a brilliant strike from 18 yards. Get in!
Rowe-Turner booked for throwing ball away.
Handbags between Vassell and Hannah sees both booked. 88 mins.
Harry White races on to long ball and Hanford out to clear right at White. Ball deflects out for a corner but could have gone anywhere.
Wes York on for Danny Johnson. 85 mins
O’Donnell breaks clear and rasps effort into side netting from 18 yards.
Subs - 73 mins
Chester: Joyce off, Waters on.
Gateshead: Wagstaff on, Johnson
GOAL! Gateshead 2 Chester 1
A lifeline for Chester as Hannah nods home from close range after White effort sent Hanford sprawling.
Good save from Hanford to deny decent Halls effort. Blues can’t turn home rebound.
Mahon fouled and Blues get chance to clear.
Johnson free kick takes a deflection. Heed pressure.
Conor Mitchell down well to save a Johnson strike from 18 yards after he turned his marker, Halls.
Ball deflects off referee into path of Dawson whose curled 20-yarder is saved by Hanford.
Harry White on for Akintunde. 59 mins.
Little in the way of a response yet from Chester. Gateshead looking well in control.
Wade Joyce puts in a challenge on JJ O’Donnell. (Picture: Ian Buist).
First half action
A wet International Stadium.
GOAL! Gateshead 2 Chester 0
Richard Peniket turns home from close range after Johnson broke free after Halls missed ball. Mountain to climb now.
Second half kicks off
We’re back at it.
Footage reviewed and Gateshead announce that goal came via head of Andy Halls.
Half time: Gateshead 1 Chester 0
Blues behind through own goal. Believe it was Andy Halls who had final touch.