Gateshead travel to Altrincham in tonight’s Emirates FA Cup first round replay at The J. Davidson Stadium (7:45pm kick off).
The two sides meet this evening having played out a 2-2 draw at Gateshead International Stadium over a week ago with the visitors coming from two goals down to force a replay.
The winners of tonight’s tie will host EFL League One side Charlton Athletic in the second round tie to be shown live on ITV4 on Friday, December 3.
The Heed come into tonight’s tie on the back of a dramatic win over Alfreton Town on home soil at the weekend with Greg Olley’s injury-time winner lifting Mike Williamson’s side to ninth in the Vanarama National League North.
Altrincham played out a 1-1 draw against title contenders Boreham Wood at The J. Davidson Stadium on Saturday with former Heed defender Jamal Fyfield on the scoresheet for the visitors.
“The occasion and rewards speak for themselves, but for us we’ll go about this like any other game in terms of how we prepare,” said Williamson on Monday afternoon.
“Nothing has changed in that scenario, but there’s no hiding the rewards in the next round so that will be on the minds of both teams.
“For us it’s focusing on the process and about getting the job done.”
“It’ll be, for me, whoever holds their nerve on the night – there’ll be a lot of pressure on it,” Altrincham manager Phil Parkinson told AltyTV.
“It’s a great occasion and it’s something that both teams will want – it’s just massive isn’t it.
“You need a little bit of luck in cup games as well, we’ll have to hold our hands up if it’s not us but we’d like to think with home advantage it should give us the edge, but we’ll see.”
There are no new injuries to report ahead of tonight’s game, with Jack Hunter and Luke Williams both in action last Saturday.
Live commentary will be provided by BBC Radio Newcastle with Colin White and Paul Dickson covering tonight’s game.
Gateshead secured passage to the Emirates FA Cup second round with a dramatic win over Altrincham at The J. Davidson Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Macaulay Langstaff gave The Heed a deserved lead with 21 minutes gone when he volleyed home before Josh Hancock capitalised on Jacob Chapman’s mistake to level.
Dan Ward fired home from 20 yards to restore Gateshead’s lead but Altrincham levelled once again through Dan Mooney’s effort at the near post.
Langstaff had the final say in injury time to net his second and send The Heed through to the second round, sending the away fans into raptures.
Mike Williamson made one change from last weekend’s win over Alfreton Town at Gateshead International Stadium, coming into the line-up himself in place of Ryan Wombwell.
Gateshead began the game with a decent spell of possession with Altrincham holding their shape, although the first chance fell the hosts’ way as Adam Porter blasted over the bar from 20 yards.
Adam Campbell and Langstaff both tested Tony Thompson’s handling on a wet surface at The J. Davidson Stadium shortly after with the goalkeeper equal to their efforts from outside of the box.
It was Langstaff who opened the scoring midway through the first half in front of the travelling Gateshead fans, volleying home Matty Jacob’s flick on in the box to hand his side a well-earned lead.
The visitors continued to control the ball after going ahead, though without committing too many men forward and keeping their shape with Altrincham posing a threat on the flanks.
The Robins found themselves level via a huge slice of good fortune on the half-hour mark as Chapman miskicked his clearance to a red shirt on the edge of the box, before Hancock slammed into an empty net to equalise.
The second 45 started somewhat cagily with both sides trying to establish control, but it was Gateshead who struck 11 minutes into the half to re-take the lead.
Ward picked up possession 25 yards from goal and took the ball onto his left foot before firing past Thompson and into the far corner.
Substitute Dan Mooney had the opportunity to bring Altrincham level once again with a free kick on the edge of the box but sent high and wide of Chapman’s goal.
Mooney made his chance count the second time around however, driving towards the near post and drilling past Chapman to bring the hosts level for a second time.
Injury time was Gateshead’s this time around however, and Langstaff capitalised on a defensive mistake to strike again in the 91st minute and send The Heed through to the second round of the Emirates FA Cup.
Gateshead XI: Chapman, Nicholson, Storey, Williamson, Jacob, Bailey, Ward (Hunter, 84’), Olley, Campbell (Williams, 84’), Langstaff, Scott.
Substitutes: Tinkler, Pani, Wombwell.
Goals: Langstaff (21’, 90+1’), Ward (56’)
Yellow Cards: Ward (42’)
Altrincham Goals: Hancock (31’), Mooney (79’)