Sunderland West End held off a spirited fight back from Gateshead to progress to the semi-finals of the Durham Trophy.

Bryan Norton gave West End the lead 21 minutes in with a tap-in before John Butler doubled the visitors advantage eight minutes before half time.

Lee Smith headed in from a corner to give the visitors a commanding lead before goals from Dan Cranston and Jordan Dobie changed the complexion of the game.

West End held firm to book their place in the semi-finals of the competition.

West End had the first chance of the game as Brad Foster sent a header over the bar from Mark Catcheside’s whipped cross.

The visitors opened the scoring 21 minutes in as Brad Wilson’s free kick was knocked down by Foster, leaving Norton to tap the ball home at the back post.

Gateshead had a chance of their own when Jack Burns’ well taken volley whistled past the left hand post.

West End scored their second when Daley Clarke’s long ball was misjudged by Cameron McMarg, which set Butler through on goal to chip the ball over the onrushing Ryan Lumsden.

The visitors had the chance to make it three when Kieron Martin ran through the defence before laying the ball off to Butler, but his low effort was turned brilliantly round the post by Lumsden.

West End added a third five minutes after the restart when Catcheside’s corner found Smith unmarked in the box to send a bullet header into the top corner.

Gateshead responded 10 minutes later when Corey McKeown found the run of Cranston with a dinked pass, who smashed the ball beyond West End keeper Neil Bussey.

The hosts reduced the deficit to one goal five minutes later when Dobie breezed past David Keithley and curled the ball into the bottom right hand corner.

Despite a comeback from the home side West End held on to progress to the next round.