Gateshead travel to AFC Fylde for the second time in a month on Saturday in our Buildbase FA Trophy opener (3pm kick off).
The Heed come into this afternoon’s game on the back of a four-game winning streak – the last three of which have come away from Gateshead International Stadium.
Victories at promotion contenders Spennymoor Town and Curzon Ashton have Mike Williamson’s side sitting in a strong position at fifth in the league table, with games in hand to be played on all sides above.
Fylde have seen a mixed bag of results since beating Gateshead 2-0 at Mill Farm in October with one win, one draw and one defeat since then.
Jim Bentley’s side still top the Vanarama National League North as things stand following last weekend’s win at bottom side AFC Telford United, and played out a 3-3 draw at home to second-placed Brackley Town the week prior.
The Coasters have enjoyed recent success in the FA Trophy, winning the competition in 2019 courtesy of a 1-0 win over Leyton Orient at Wembley Stadium.
Watch defender and first team coach Louis Storey’s preview ahead of this afternoon’s cup tie below.
“It’s a welcome distraction and a competition we want to do well in,” AFC Fylde manager Jim Bentley told the club’s official YouTube channel.
“Ultimately our bread and butter is the league campaign, which we’re doing well in at the moment, but this is a big game for us.
“Recently the club won the FA Trophy and it has that added spice with the trip to Wembley.
“We want to win every game we go into and it’s exactly the same with [Saturday’s] game.”
Macaulay Langstaff is set to miss out through injury but there are positive signs ahead of next week’s Emirates FA Cup tie against Charlton Athletic.
Admission for today’s game at Mill Farm is priced at:
Adult – £14
Junior (U16) – £7
A second half header from Emeka Obi meant Gateshead exited the 2021/22 Buildbase FA Trophy at AFC Fylde.
Mike Williamson made a number of changes to the side that won 1-0 at Curzon Ashton in midweek as The Heed entered the Buildbase FA Trophy for the 2021/22 season.
Connor Pani, Elliot Forbes, Matty Jacob, Paul Blackett and Ryan Wombwell were all handed a spot in the starting 11 as Gateshead travelled to Mill Farm for the second time in a month.
It took a quarter of an hour for the first half chance to arrive for either side, as Fylde’s Jack Sampson sent a header looping goalwards which Jacob Chapman had to be alert to tip over his crossbar.
Williamson was dealt an early blow midway through the first half as the returning Elliot Forbes was withdrawn through injury, with Alex Nicholson coming on in his place.
The Heed thought they had gone ahead with seven minutes to go until the break only to be denied by the offside flag after Adam Campbell had set Blackett up to tap home inside the box.
Chances were at a premium for both sides in a goalless first half, but Gateshead were first to threaten in the second 45.
Robbie Tinkler met a Luke Williams corner and forced Fylde ‘keeper Bobby Jones into a diving save to parry his header wide, moments before Blackett sent a half-volley wide at the near post.
Williams himself tested Jones’ handling with a 25-yard strike on the half-turn shortly afterwards as Gateshead grew into proceedings.
Despite the visitors’ pressure, it was Fylde who found themselves ahead with 15 minutes to go as Obi rose highest to head home a corner and leave Williamson’s men facing an FA Trophy exit.
Jordan Hulme would hit the roof of the net with an attempted chip late on for Fylde while Louis Storey fired wide on the turn at the other end, but it would be the hosts who ultimately progressed.
Gateshead XI: Chapman, Tinkler, Storey, Forbes (Nicholson, 25’), Wombwell, Jacob, Hunter, Pani, Campbell, Williams, Blackett (Scott, 75’).
Substitutes: Bailey, Ward, Olley.
Yellow Cards: Tinkler (78’)
AFC Fylde Goals: Obi (74’)
AFC Fylde Yellow Cards: Haughton (78’)