Gateshead travel to promotion contenders Chesterfield in their third consecutive Tuesday night fixture on November 1.
The Heed earned a point against Solihull Moors on home turf last Saturday, with an early own goal cancelled out by Alex Gudger’s 84th minute strike, though Gateshead had chances to take all three points.
That draw leaves Mike Williamson’s side 22nd in the Vanarama National League table, with two points potentially enough to lift them out of the bottom four.
Despite being the last team to lose a National League game this season, Chesterfield currently sit third and eight points behind league leaders Notts County.
Paul Cook’s side hit a patch of difficult results with three consecutive defeats – two of which were at home – at the start of October, but they have returned to form in recent weeks.
The Spireites have emerged from their last three games against play off contenders Bromley, York City and Boreham Wood with seven points, while full back Jeff King has found his goalscoring touch to lead the club’s charts with six league strikes.
“They’re third in the table and I think they’re going to be pushing Notts County and Wrexham all the way,” said player-manager, Mike Williamson.
“They’ve got a hell of a squad, a very experienced manager and an understanding of how to break teams down.
“We’ve got to make sure we replicate the levels of our intensity at the weekend.”
“This is a really tough test for us,” said Chesterfield first-team coach, Gary Roberts.
“I watched Gateshead at Wrexham, we saw them give Notts County a real tough time and they possibly should have won the game.
“They will cause some problems and Gateshead will open us up at times. On the flip side, we feel we can counteract that. We’ll have our hands full and it should be a good game.”
Captain Greg Olley is available for selection after serving his one game suspension last Saturday.
Owen Bailey faces a late fitness test to determine his availability.
Commentary is available from Chesterfield’s in-house radio station 1866 Sport, with coverage from the Technique Stadium starting from 7pm here.
Admission at the Technique Stadium is priced at:
Concessions 65+: £14
Under 16: £7
Supporters are advised that ticket prices increase by £2 when purchased on match day either at Chesterfield’s ticket office or over the phone for collection. Online tickets will go off sale one hour before kick off.
Please note that there is also a £2 additional fee for any tickets printed at the stadium.
Any tickets purchased for the original fixture remain valid for Tuesday’s re-arranged date.
Liam Mandeville’s 47th minute strike sealed a 2-1 defeat for Gateshead away to Chesterfield.
Greg Olley had put the visitors in front 20 minutes in with a 20-yard curler, though Joe Quigley levelled with a close-range header two minutes later.
Mandeville struck a rebound home from inside the box just after half time to give Chesterfield the lead, and ultimately all three points.
Mike Williamson opted to bring Olley and Owen Bailey back into the starting 11 after their recent absences, replacing Lirak Hasani and Owen Gallacher.
Both sides saw early sights of goal from distance, with Adam Campbell firing over the crossbar from 20 yards while Tom Whelan tested James Montgomery’s gloves from 25 yards.
Olley found the breakthrough in style with 20 minutes on the clock, combining with Luke Daley before driving towards goal and curling into the far corner to net his third of the season.
The lead would only last two minutes however, as Chesterfield answered back swiftly via Mandeville’s cross and Quigley’s free header at the back post.
Armando Dobra will perhaps have wondered how he didn’t put his side in front on the half-hour mark, as he slid in towards a low cross and sent over the crossbar from point blank range.
Quigley then saw his second goal of the night chalked off for offside with the home crowd growing slightly frustrated, but just after the second 45 started the goal they were pressing for arrived.
Jeff King’s 25-yard free kick cannoned off the last man in the wall and dropped fortuitously to Mandeville inside the box, but there was little fortune in his first time finish which saw Montgomery beaten at the far post.
Montgomery was then on hand on three separate occasions to stop Chesterfield adding to the scoresheet, with the first save coming two minutes after Mandeville’s strike as the goalkeeper dove to his left to tip a top-corner-bound shot wide.
The number 31 then prevented Quigley from getting his second as he tipped his back-post header onto the crossbar, before pulling off an even more impressive double save from Darren Oldaker and Mandeville inside the box.
Despite Montgomery’s heroics and their own industry though, Gateshead couldn’t quite find a way through a well-organised Chesterfield, and were handed their third defeat in four at the Technique Stadium.
Gateshead: Montgomery, Magnay (Martin, 46’), Pye, Richardson, Daley, Conteh, Bailey, Ward (Hasani, 85’), Olley (c), Campbell, Yussuf (Harris, 65’).
Substitutes: Langley, Knight.
Goals: Olley (20’)
Yellow Cards: Magnay (41’), Conteh (83’), Martin (90+4’)
Chesterfield: Fitzsimons, King, Williams, Grimes (c), Clements, Oldaker, Jones, Whelan (Akinola, 74’), Mandeville, Dobra (Cooper, 81’), Quigley (Tshimanga, 74’)
Substitutes: Maguire, Clarke.
Goals: Quigley (22’), Mandeville (47’)
Attendance: 6,178 (66 Gateshead)