Gateshead travel to Aldershot Town in their first away fixture in a month on Saturday, March 25 (3pm kick off).
The Heed have contested four home games in all competitions since a draw at Maidstone on February 25, including progressing to the Isuzu FA Trophy semi-final with a penalty shoot-out win over Farsley Celtic.
League form has seen draws against Torquay United and FC Halifax Town, while an injury-time winner dealt Mike Williamson’s side a defeat to Chesterfield.
Gateshead have been tough to crack away from Gateshead International Stadium however, with their sole defeat in the last nine away fixtures coming while playing with 10 men for almost an hour at Southend United.
Aldershot, meanwhile, sit 21st in the National League table when it comes to their home form, with 10 defeats in 19 at The EBB Stadium.
Ross McNeilly’s side ended a seven-game winless run with an impressive 2-1 victory at Southend United last weekend, and will look to put relegation worries all but behind them with a potential three points this Saturday.
Gateshead could move out of the bottom four with a win, provided Dorking lose at home to Maidenhead United, ahead of a chaotic final month of the season which is set to see The Heed play 11 games in 36 days.
“It’s a really tough away game, Aldershot are a very good side with very good players,” said assistant manager, Ian Watson.
“Last Saturday’s performance gives us a lot to work with, the performance was really good and gives a real platform to build on.”
“I thought we played really well [last time] against Gateshead,” said Aldershot boss, Ross McNeilly.
“We were excellent up there, we really got at them and played really well so it needs to be more of the same.
“We talk about our home record, and we want to win at home, so it’s important we put a good performance together.”
Elliot Forbes, Kenton Richardson, Lewis Knight, Owen Bailey, Quevin Castro and Will Harris are unavailable due to injury & illness.
Marcus Dinanga has returned to training this week having been withdrawn through injury last Saturday.
Away supporters have been allocated the South East seating area at the EBB Stadium and must enter via turnstile four at the front of the ground, with turnstiles set to open at 1:30pm.
Supporters are advised that away tickets will not be available on the turnstiles, and must be purchased online here or via the Aldershot Town ticket office.
Early bird admission is available until 9am on Thursday, March 23, and is priced at:
Senior (over 65), Disabled, Military Personnel, Young Persons (18-20): £14
Junior (17 & under): £5
Carer & Under 11: Free
Supporters in the UK can watch Saturday’s game live from The EBB Stadium via www.nationalleaguetv.com as a result of the international break, 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.
Marcus Dinanga’s double took Gateshead within one point of National League safety at Aldershot Town.
The forward netted twice inside ten second-half minutes to give The Heed control – after Joe Partington and Adam Campbell struck in the first half – despite a late consolation from Corey Jordan.
Midfield duo Callum Whelan and Greg Olley returned to the starting line up at The EBB Stadium with Gateshead looking to continue their impressive away form since Boxing Day, with only one defeat in eight prior to kick off.
The opening 10 minutes didn’t quite go to plan however, with Partington flicking a set-piece into the far corner of the net to hand Aldershot an early advantage, although that proved to be their only chance in the opening 45.
The Heed responded strongly and proved the dominant side from there on out, and Dinanga showed glimpses of his threat to come around the 18-yard box, though Aldershot shirts were able to block two of his early efforts.
It took 12 minutes for the visitors to draw level, with Filip Marschall and Dan Ward combining to set Campbell free down the right side, and he duly obliged with the finish in slotting past Luca Ashby-Hammond and in off the far post for his eighth league goal of the season.
Gateshead continued to push forward for a second, rather than rest on their laurels, and both Campbell and Ward came close to finding an unmarked Dinanga in the six-yard box only for their low crosses to be hooked away by Aldershot men.
Ashby-Hammond was on hand to make two stops from efforts inside the box by Campbell and Ed Francis as the half wore on, with the hosts ultimately surviving the pressure until the break.
Two minutes after that however, Aldershot’s guard was breached. Olley found Campbell on the right with a swerving through ball, before the forward returned the favour for the captain to lay across to Dinanga, who slotted into an empty net to hand his side the lead.
Not content with a one-goal lead though, the visitors looked more likely to strike next and Campbell thought he had done just that after following up Dinanga’s initial effort, only for the offside flag to chalk off his second of the afternoon.
Ten minutes after his first, Dinanga had Ashby-Hammond picking the ball out of his net for a third time as he latched onto Olley’s through ball and lashed into the top corner, making it three of his own inside two games.
Ward was next to join the goalscoring hunt and almost found a fourth via a slice of good fortune, with his 20-yard effort taking a deflection before looping just over the crossbar.
Aldershot took until injury-time to try and spark a comeback when Jordan nodded home unmarked at the back post, but it proved too little, too late as Gateshead held on for all three points.
Gateshead: Marschall, Tinkler, Storey, Pye, Ward, Whelan (Magnay, 90+2′), Francis, Pani, Campbell, Olley (Wearne, 64′), Dinanga (Martin, 83′).
Substitutes: Montgomery, Thompson.
Goals: Campbell (19′), Dinanga (47′, 57′)
Yellow Cards: Pye (45+2′), Campbell (90′)
Aldershot Town: Ashby-Hammond, Amaluzor, Barham, Cordner, Frost, Glover, Jordan, Kenlock, Partington (McQuoid, 80′), Pendlebury (Campbell, 67′), Rowe (Klass, 46′).
Substitutes: Ochieng, Hutchinson.
Goals: Partington (7′), Jordan (90+2′)
Yellow Cards: Cordner (32′), Kenlock (45+3′)