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Match Date: Saturday 16th September 2023
Kick Off: 15:00

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Gateshead Gateshead
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Aldershot Town Aldershot Town
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Gateshead travel to Hampshire for the second week in a row, this time facing Aldershot Town on Saturday, September 16 (3pm kick off).

The Heed enjoyed a memorable afternoon at Eastleigh last weekend, handing out a 6-0 thrashing to move sixth in the Vanarama National League table.

Marcus Dinanga netted his fifth and sixth goals of the season at the Silverlake Stadium, taking him to joint-second in the division’s top scorer standings.

Aldershot secured a win of their own last weekend, overcoming AFC Fylde by a 2-0 scoreline to halt a two-game losing run.

Tommy Widdrington’s side have found no issues when it comes to scoring on home turf, with Aldershot’s 12 goals scored in four games at the EBB Stadium the most of any team at home in the league.

Keeping goals out at the other end has been the source of The Shots’ problems however – only AFC Fylde have conceded more than their 18 across eight games.

Josh Stokes has scored four goals in four home games for Aldershot so far, who could move up as far as 10 places should they win with the National League closely contested early on.

Heed View

“Our squad now is all at a level where I could make changes and it still be our strongest team,” said Mike Williamson.

“I’m a big proponent of changing it up and making sure that we’re fresh.

“There’s no real distance between the quality of our squad players now, so it’s a good place to be in.

Team News

Callum Whelan and Connor Pani remain unavailable through injury, though Gateshead otherwise have a clean bill of health.

Last Time We Met

Gateshead continued their scintillating run of form in the second half of the 2022/23 season with a 3-2 win at The EBB Stadium in March 2023.

Aldershot opened the scoring early on, before Adam Campbell’s leveller and double from Marcus Dinanga ensured three points came back to Tyneside.

Live Streaming

Supporters based internationally can watch Saturday’s game live from the EBB Stadium via www.nationalleaguetv.com, with match day passes priced at £9.50.

Fans will have the ability to switch between any National League match streamed on any given match day.

Ticketing Information

Gateshead supporters have been allocated the South East seating area of the EBB Stadium, and are advised that no away tickets will be sold on the turnstiles.

Tickets are available to purchase via Aldershot Town’s online store here, with admission priced at:

Adult: £20

Senior (66+), Military Personnel & Young Person (18-20): £16

Junior (17 & under): £5

Under 11: Free

Turnstiles will open at 1:30pm at the EBB Stadium, and Gateshead supporters must enter through turnstile four at the front of the ground.

Jack McGraghan
Match Report: Jack McGraghan

Ed Francis’ first goal in black and white sent Gateshead home from Aldershot Town with a point in the Vanarama National League.

The midfielder struck five minutes from time – after Josh Stokes had put the hosts in front 58 minutes in – to ensure The Heed went four games unbeaten, despite a largely dominant display perhaps deserving more at the EBB Stadium.

Mike Williamson named an unchanged squad following his side’s 6-0 win at Eastleigh the week prior, with the starting XI remaining as it was at the Silverlake Stadium.

Gateshead carried on from where they left off on another scorching afternoon in Hampshire by controlling possession and attacking with intent, with Francis and Stephen Wearne both sending efforts wide of goal early on.

Jack Bycroft – who would prove to play a pivotal part in preventing Gateshead from taking all three points – was called upon to bail Aldershot out multiple times in the first half, firstly holding a relatively comfortable shot from Regan Booty before later blocking Marcus Dinanga’s cross-goal effort.

The goalkeeper was on hand again to stop Francis’ 25-yard free-kick from sneaking into the far corner, throwing himself to his left to parry wide and keep the game goalless at the interval.

Dinanga and Bycroft came face-to-face once more nine minutes into the second half, with arguably the biggest chance to that point, as the forward found himself in the box and with a free shot on goal only for the stopper to once again thwart him from close range.

Aldershot took advantage with their first real chance of the game four minutes later when the ball was worked into the box for Stokes to slot past Archie Mair, though Gateshead would dominate proceedings from here on out.

Dinanga again floated away from his marker in the box and was picked out by Stephen Wearne’s cross from the right, but this time the forward’s header went wide of the near post on 67 minutes.

The Heed’s possession statistic only continued to increase as time went on, and the all-important equaliser arrived five minutes from time through Francis, who was alert in the box to fire home from close range after Wearne battled to latch onto Booty’s ball inside the area.

Gateshead continued to push for a potential winner, with substitutes Connor McBride and Aidan Rutledge seeing efforts saved and wide late on, but were left to settle with a point come the final whistle.

Gateshead: Mair, Tinkler, Richardson, Grayson, Hunter, Hannant, Francis, Booty, Olley, Wearne, Dinanga.

Substitutes: Chadwick, Storey.

Goals: Francis (85′)

Yellow Cards: Richardson (55′)

Aldershot Town: Bycroft, Harfield, Harries, Frost, Tolaj (Barham, 62′), Stokes (Willard, 90+2′), Glover (Widdrington, 75′), Jones, Scott, Dyche, Thomas.

Substitutes: Mnoga, Rowe.

Goals: Stokes (58′)

Yellow Cards: Harries (37′), Tolaj (42′)

Attendance: 1,948 (57 Gateshead)

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