Result: West Auckland 2-0 Gateshead
The second half also saw the very welcome return of Alex Francis who pulled on a West Auckland shirt for the first time since his injury at Whitley Bay back in February 2012.
The Conference side started with several new signings on show with the likes of Colin Larkin and Josh Walker starring alongside experienced duo Michael Cummins and Liam Hatch.
Gateshead missed a penalty to take the lead and West punished them in the 79th minute when Callum Patton was on hand to turn the ball home from a corner.
West sealed the win 5 minutes later when Francis' good ball released John Campbell down the left, he cut back inside and drilled a superb effort into the bottom far corner.
West: Neal Atkinson (Dale Connor 46'), Brian Close, Adam Wilkinson (Jonny Gibson 50'), Lewis Galpin, Andrew Green (Peter Bulmer 67'), Liam Henderson (Alex Francis 64'), Robbie Briggs, Shaun Vipond (Liam Henderson 83'), Luke Carr, Mattie Moffat (Callum Patton 55'), Steven Richardson (John Campbell 55')
Unused sub: Aaron Brown