Gateshead travel to league leaders AFC Fylde on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick off) in our first league game away from home since September 11.
Mike Williamson’s side have been out of action since last Tuesday’s Emirates FA Cup win over Marske United, following postponements to the fixtures against Brackley Town and Curzon Ashton.
The Heed currently sit sixth in the Vanarama National League North following results elsewhere last weekend, with as many as three games on hand on sides above themselves.
AFC Fylde, meanwhile, have set the pace for much of this season so far and lead the league by four points – although second-placed Brackley Town have two games in hand on The Coasters.
Two of the divisions leading scorers will go head-to-head at Mill Farm as Macaulay Langstaff and Nick Haughton look set to line up against each other, with eight and seven league goals respectively.
The Coasters were in midweek action on home turf and recovered from Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Farsley Celtic with a 2-0 victory over third-placed Spennymoor Town.
“It’s a very good test for us.
“They’ve got a very good squad and a decent budget so you’d expect them to be up there.
“I watched them against Spennymoor Town and it was a good performance.
“They’ve got experienced players who move the ball well and have a good blend between playing out from the back and hitting the big man up front so it’s one we’re relishing.
Jack Hunter and Elliot Forbes returned to competitive action in Wednesday’s Durham Challenge Cup win and could be involved in Saturday’s squad.
Paul Blackett has been monitored throughout the week and remains a possible inclusion.
Adult (seating) – £18.00
Adult – £12.00
Junior (seating) – £10.00
Junior (U16) – £6.00
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Bradleys Bar will open from 12pm and is showing live Premier League fixtures both before and after kick off tomorrow, and will remain open until 12am.
Gateshead fell to a 2-0 defeat to league leaders AFC Fylde at Mill Farm.
The hosts went two goals up with a double inside two minutes, despite Gateshead controlling things up to that point, and held out in the second 45 to hand The Heed their second defeat of the season.
Robbie Tinkler and Paul Blackett were absent from the matchday squad due to injury, with Matty Jacob returning to the starting line up as Mike Williamson set his side up for the first league game in over a week.
The Heed were the side on the front foot in the opening 15 minutes and controlled possession early on, though were limited to half chances with Fylde throwing bodies at the ball inside the box.
The hosts then found themselves two goals ahead with their first two chances of the half.
There was little Jacob Chapman could do about the opener as David Perkins volleyed a clearance into the far corner to put Fylde in front, before Joe Pigott added another two minutes later on the turn inside the box.
The game was halted midway through the half as the referee was replaced due to injury and after the restart it was the visitors who saw more of the ball but without finding the elusive goal.
Macaulay Langstaff saw Gateshead’s best chance of the half after he pressured Alex Whitmore into a mistake on the edge of the box before firing wide on the turn as he looked to add to his eight league goals.
The Heed maintained control of possession as the second 45 kicked off with Fylde content to play on the counter thanks to their two-goal advantage.
A couple of enforced changes shuffled the pack with Ryan Wombwell and Jack Hunter coming on, before Dan Ward tested Chris Neal for the first time with 20 minutes to go as he drove into the box before seeing an effort parried wide.
Neal was quick off his line to deny Langstaff shortly afterwards as he tried to round the Fylde ‘keeper on the counter attack as Gateshead pushed forwards with time at a premium.
Olley and Ward both sent shots wide of the far post late on as the hosts held out at Mill Farm to leave Gateshead empty handed on the trip back to Tyneside.
Gateshead XI: Chapman, Nicholson, Storey, Williamson, Jacob (Wombwell, 62’), Bailey (Hunter, 66’), Olley (c), Ward, Campbell, Scott, Langstaff.
Substitutes: Forbes, Pani.
Yellow Cards: Olley (52’)
AFC Fylde Goals: Perkins (19’), Pigott (21’)
AFC Fylde Yellow Cards: Lloyd (61’)