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Altrincham 2-3 Gateshead

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Match Date: Saturday 23rd March 2024
Kick Off: 15:00

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Gateshead Gateshead
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Gateshead travel to Altrincham in a pivotal fixture in the Vanarama National League play-off race on Saturday, March 23 (3pm kick off).

The Heed head to the J. Davidson Stadium having fallen out of the top seven following FC Halifax Town’s win in midweek, though Rob Elliot’s side have a game in hand on those above them.

Altrincham dropped to seventh place on Tuesday night and sit one point above Gateshead ahead of kick off, with both sides afforded the chance to move as high as fifth with a win should other results go in their favour.

Only league leaders Chesterfield have scored more than Gateshead’s 72 goals so far this season, with Altrincham close behind on 71 having scored seven in their last two outings.

Phil Parkinson’s side have fought their way back into the play-off places after a run of five consecutive defeats from mid-February to early March threatened their promotion credentials, and The Robins have now won three from four.

Chris Conn-Clarke and Marcus Dinanga are both tied on 19 National League goals for the season so far, with the latter returning to Altrincham for the second time after scoring the winner in last season’s 1-0 win.

Heed View

“The track record of our games against Alty is that they’ve always been entertaining, attacking and highly competitive,” said Louis Storey.

“It’s two teams that have an identity and want to play their way, and we just see it as a massive challenge to go and play against one of the best sides in the league to be honest with you.”

Opposition View

“Where [Gateshead] have came from last season to this season, they play beautiful football,” said Altrincham forward, Chris Conn-Clarke.

“They lost their manager and a few key players midway through the season, and we had that last year didn’t we, and they’ve just went from strength to strength, and that is a hard thing to do.

“It’s in our hands isn’t it, I feel like as a team we can go and push for third and fourth spots.”

Team News

Eddie Beach misses out due to being on international duty with Wales U21s, while new aligning Nathan Harness is eligible to make his debut.

Live Streaming

Supporter based outside of the UK can watch our fixture live from The J. Davidson Stadium via National League TV for £9.50 per match pass.

Ticketing Information

Tickets are available to purchase online here, with admission priced at:

Adult: £20

Concession (Over 65/NHS/Student): £15

Junior (12-18): £9

Child (5-11): £4

Infant (Under 5): £1

Turnstiles open at 1:30pm at the J. Davidson Stadium.

Jack McGraghan
Match Report: Jack McGraghan

Gateshead came from behind twice to earn a thrilling 3-2 win away to Vanarama National League play-off rivals Altrincham.

Alex Newby’s opener had The Heed on the back foot at half time before Marcus Dinanga’s 20th league goal of the season was quickly cancelled out by Dan Mooney after the restart.

Kieron Evans swiftly hauled Gateshead back level four minutes later, 17 minutes before Kain Adom volleyed home mere seconds after coming off the bench to seal three points and send The Heed sixth in the league table.

Rob Elliot handed Nathan Harness his debut after he arrived on loan from MK Dons during the week, while Greg Olley was named on the bench for the first time since November after his ACL injury.

Altrincham started the brighter of the two sides in front of a 3,000-plus crowd in Cheshire, with Jake Cooper and Lewis Banks sending efforts wide before Newby put them one ahead with a precise finish from the corner of the penalty area on 16 minutes.

Gateshead began to gain a better hold of proceedings as the half wore on though, albeit without clear chances their way, with Evans’ strike over Ethan Ross’ crossbar being the closest they came in the opening 45.

Harness was on hand to prevent the hosts from grabbing a second before half time when a dangerous ball was played across the face of goal and met by Justin Donawa, with the debutant sprawling across his line to parry clear.

The first half may have been somewhat tentative given both sides’ penchant for goalscoring, but the second exploded into life within just five minutes when Dinanga levelled from close range against his old club.

Only three minutes later though and Altrincham were ahead again through Mooney, who cut in from the right flank before curling high into the far corner and out of Harness’ reach.

Gateshead took just four minutes to reply in kind however, with Evans on hand in the penalty area to slot home from close range after red and white shirts blocked the initial shot on goal.

Elliot’s side were in the ascendancy having hauled themselves level for a second time, and took the lead for the first time in the 74th minute through substitute Adom, who made his impact mere moments after coming on.

Mamadou Jobe’s long throw towards Dajaune Brown was knocked down and into the path of Adom, allowing the wide man to unleash a venomous strike which cannoned past Ross and into the top corner.

Altrincham regained a hold on the game thereafter in search of an equaliser for the first time on the day, though the closest they came late on was through Newby when he headed Donawa’s cross wide of Harness’ far post.

Gateshead: Harness, Jobe, Tinkler, Richardson, Francis, Whelan (Booty, 80’), Worman (Adom, 73’), Hannant, Dinanga (Olley, 67’), Brown.

Substitutes: Grayson, Allan.

Goals: Dinanga (50’), Evans (57’), Adom (74’) 

Yellow Cards: Worman (30’), Richardson (81’), Adom (86’)

Altrincham: Ross, Banks, Baines (c), Osborne, Kosylo (Linney, 72’), Conn-Clarke, Amaluzor (Mooney, 46’), Cooper, Donawa, Wilson (Hancox, 76’), Newby.

Substitutes: Angus, Roscoe.

Goals: Newby (16’), Mooney (53’)

Yellow Cards: Wilson (33’), Banks (87’)

Attendance: 3,239 (190 Gateshead)

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