Gateshead travel to the capital to face one of the National League’s title contenders in Barnet on Saturday, November 18 (3pm kick off).
The Heed come into the game with momentum restored on the back of last weekend’s 6-0 win over Dorking Wanderers, which was Rob Elliot’s first victory in interim charge.
Billy Chadwick took the plaudits for a fine hat-trick at Gateshead International Stadium, while National League joint-top scorer Marcus Dinanga’s return to fitness this weekend is a welcome boost to the squad.
Elliot’s men face a Barnet side who are yet to taste defeat at The Hive this season, winning seven and drawing two of their nine league games on home turf.
The Bees sit second in the division – five points behind leaders Chesterfield – and are the league’s third highest scoring team, two goals behind Gateshead.
Their attacking options have been bolstered by the arrival of ex-Premier League forward Gary Hooper, who has scored twice off the bench in five appearances, who could join joint-league top scorer Nicke Kabamba up top.
“Barnet have gone up again from last year, and they were a very good team last year,” said interim manager, Rob Elliot.
“I’d imagine Barnet are looking to bounce back from Chesterfield, but we just want to concentrate on ourselves and keep making progress from last week.”
“They’re a brilliant side,” said Barnet’s assistant manager, Connor Smith.
“Last season we played them three times in all competitions and drew every game in normal time, so it shows how tough they are to play against.
“It should be an entertaining game for the neutral definitely.”
Carl Magnay and Robbie Tinkler remain unavailable for selection due to injury, though Marcus Dinanga is available following a brief absence.
New signing Mamadou Jobe is eligible to make his debut at The Hive.
Live Commentary & Streaming
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Under 17: £5
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A dominant Gateshead performance inflicted Barnet’s first home defeat in over 200 days thanks to Stephen Wearne’s double.
Wearne put The Heed in front shortly following half time, after Kyran Lofthouse and Greg Olley had hit the woodwork in the opening 45, before netting his second 67 minutes in to seal a well-earned three points.
Rob Elliot was forced into two changes with Joe Grayson and Connor McBride missing out through injury, with debutant Mamadou Jobe and Luke Hannant taking their places in the starting XI.
The first chance of the afternoon fell to Barnet’s Idris Kanu three minutes in, despite Gateshead’s dominance for the remainder of the 45, and he could only hook over the bar in what proved to be a rare sight of goal for his side.
The Heed were in full flow from then on though, and threatened to break the deadlock when Hannant’s cross clipped the crossbar before Olley curled just wide of the far post from 20 yards.
Lofthouse – who was a thorn in Barnet’s side all afternoon – was denied a goal of the season contender by the bar with 26 minutes on the clock, having weaved his way past five from the halfway line before smashing a left-footed against the woodwork.
The wing-back turned provider for Chadwick to narrowly lift over from a tight angle shortly after, and Olley would be next to strike the woodwork with an effort from the edge of the penalty area.
Olley then saw a free-kick turned goal-bound by Louis Storey from inside the six-yard box, but this time Laurie Walker reacted in time to parry clear and keep affairs goalless somehow at the break.
The stalemate was finally broken two minutes after the restart though, as Jobe kneed a deep cross into the path of Storey, who did enough to divert the ball airborne for Wearne to head home from point-blank range.
It took that goal to spark Barnet into action, with Archie Mair on hand to make a fine stop at his near post from Dale Gorman before Danny Collinge headed a corner wide.
Gateshead capitalised on 67 minutes, with a marauding run from Lofthouse finding enough space for him to lay across for Wearne to pass into the back of the net and make it two.
Marcus Dinanga returned to action and forced Walker into a smart save at his near post late on, while at the other end Jobe hooked a goal-bound effort off the line to preserve his clean sheet, and all three points for Gateshead.
Gateshead: Mair, Richardson, Storey, Jobe, Hannant, Lofthouse, Whelan (Francis, 71’), Booty, Olley, Wearne (Allan, 80’), Chadwick (Dinanga (71’).
Substitutes: Pani, Hunter.
Goals: Wearne (47’, 67’)
Yellow Cards: Storey (60’), Mair (89’)
Barnet: Walker, Brunt (Hooper, 80’), Coker (Stead, 74’), Collinge, Hartigan, Kabamba, Kanu, Oluwo, Potter (Gorman, 46’), Pritchard, Revan.
Substitutes: Okimo, Senior.
Yellow Cards: Kanu (90+4’)
Attendance: 1,894 (100 Gateshead)