I know the likes of Billy Hardy from Sunderland won a Lonsdale Belt outright, but I cannot think of a Tynesider
who has done it so we've got history in the making," Rowe told me.
Then yet another away tie saw thousand of Geordies making the arduous return trip to Plymouth Argyle where the Tynesiders
have won just two of their last eight games on home soil, something in need of urgent correction.
But with just two minutes remaining the Tynesiders
grabbed the winner.
Earlier, Kosylo's thunderbolt from outside the box crashed against the post with Tynesiders
keeper James Montgomery beaten.
Winless so far this season, the young Tynesiders
return to National Under-19 Alliance League action against Stockport County a week on Wednesday .
responded to Aspin's half-time team talk by scoring five goals after the break.
The West Tynesiders
are hopeful of turning out a near full-strength team.
After that the Tynesiders
made a good fist of it despite being a man light, Burnley defender Alex Whitmore reducing the deficit from Matty Pattison's corner.
Halifax have already beaten the Tynesiders
once this term, a 4-1 win at the International Stadium in November spelling the end of Malcolm Crosby's short reign as boss.
Aspin expects Kevin Nicholson's troops to fancy their chances today, the Tynesiders
having now been beaten eight times on their own turf this term.
Midway through the first half, Gateshead's midfield started to compete and the Tynesiders
should have reduced the deficit after excellent movement down their right - only to see the ball go whipping past the far post.