Gateshead travel to Shropshire on Saturday to face AFC Telford United in the Vanarama National League North (3pm kick off).
Mike Williamson’s side head into the weekend six points clear at the top of the league table, by virtue of having two additional games played compared to Brackley Town and Kidderminster Harriers.
Four consecutive wins have seen The Heed regain control at the summit, while Cedwyn Scott went joint-top of the division’s scoring charts with a double against Farsley Celtic in midweek.
Telford find themselves battling at the opposite end of the table, sitting in 21st position and two points above Farsley Celtic and the sole relegation spot this season.
The Bucks’ home form has been inconsistent of late, recording convincing 5-0 and 3-0 wins over Darlington and Bradford (Park Avenue) but losing to Southport and Kidderminster in the last month.
“There are a lot of games left to play, so everyone is going to play their part,” said assistant manager, Ian Watson.
“It’s certainly not going to be an easy game we watched them against Kidderminster, they’re a very good side.
“It’s going to be a day where we need again one to 16 lads turning up with great energy and putting in a great performance, and if we don’t do that we don’t take anything from the game.”
There are no fresh injury concerns to report following Tuesday’s win over Farsley Celtic.
Last Time We Met
The Heed ran out 4-1 winners at Gateshead International Stadium on January 18.
Telford took an early lead through Mace Goodridge’s 20-yard strike, but Gateshead regained control to go into half time 2-1 up following goals from Cedwyn Scott and Paul Blackett.
Blackett netted his second – and 10th of the season – to make it three before Macaulay Langstaff added a fourth with 71 minutes on the clock.
There will be no segregation at The New Bucks Head on Saturday with away supporters permitted access to all spectator areas within the stadium.
Supporters can also purchase tickets on the day at the ticket office, which will be based outside the East Terrace near to the Learning Centre Building. The ticket office will be open on a match day 12:30 until 3:15pm. Tickets can also be purchased in person from the main office, 10am until 4pm Monday – Friday or purchased over the phone by calling 01952 640064.
Admission is priced at:
Adult – £14
Concession (65’s + ID may be required on entry) – £10
Youth/Student 16-19 Year Old – £5
Under-16 – £1
Gateshead extended their unbeaten run to five games with a 1-1 draw at AFC Telford United.
A mix-up at the back allowed Byron Moore to slot into an empty net after 14 minutes to hand Telford a half time lead.
Owen Bailey headed home his second goal of the season to earn The Heed a point on the road and stretch their unbeaten run to five games.
Mike Williamson made two changes to the side that defeated Farsley Celtic at home on Tuesday as Alex Nicholson and Danny Greenfield replaced Carl Magnay and Taylor Charters.
Gateshead came closest early on despite a relatively flat opening from both sides through Adam Campbell, whose lofted effort from 25 yards dropped just clear of the far post.
The hosts took the lead moments later however, when Matty Jacob’s header behind the on-rushing Filip Marschall on the edge of the box allowed Moore to tap into an unguarded net.
The Heed settled themselves on the ball as the half wore on, with Luke Pilling called upon to make key saves to preserve the home side’s lead, firstly from Greenfield’s 20-yarder.
Campbell sent a first time strike with the outside of his boot narrowly wide of the far post shortly afterwards, while at the other end Brendon Daniels fired straight at Marschall from the edge of the box.
Two chances in the final two minutes of the half saw Pilling keep Gateshead out, first holding Langstaff’s first-time shot from 10 yards before denying the forward again on the volley after Olley’s clipped ball sent him in behind.
Telford came out for the second 45 the stronger of the two sides and Oswell saw two chances pass by early on, heading over Marschall’s crossbar before later slicing wide at the near post after latching onto a long ball.
With 70 minutes on the clock, the breakthrough came. Greg Olley planted a corner into the middle of the box for an unmarked Bailey to head into the far corner and draw Gateshead level.
The equaliser energised Williamson’s side and they pushed for a second immediately, with Campbell almost netting a 30-yard screamer but for Pilling’s parry wide.
Bailey connected with an Olley corner once more shortly afterwards, but sent his effort over the bar.
Olley combined on the edge of the box with Langstaff in the final 10 minutes before the forward fired wide, and Gateshead were ultimately forced to settle for a point.
Gateshead XI: Marschall, Tinkler, Storey, Nicholson, Jacob (Charters, 65’), Bailey, Olley (c), Greenfield (Ward, 79’), Campbell, Scott, Langstaff.
Subs: Hunter, Pani.
Goals: Bailey (70’)
AFC Telford United XI: Pilling, Streete, Burge, Oswell, Daniels (Lilly, 76′), Goodridge, Melhado, Moore (Wright, 85′), Piggott, K. Ward, Nolan.
AFC Telford United Substitutes: Baker, Shaw, Sherif.
Goals: Moore (14’)