Gateshead travel to Curzon Ashton on Tuesday evening (7:45pm kick off) in the third of four away games inside two weeks.
The Heed come into tomorrow’s game on the back of away wins over Altrincham and Spennymoor Town, progressing to the Emirates FA Cup second round and moving to fifth in the Vanarama National League North as a result.
Mike Williamson’s side have up to five games in hand on the four sides above themselves in the league table, and could move above Kidderminster Harriers in fourth place with a win on Tuesday.
Curzon Ashton have played out two goalless draws in their most recent outings against Brackley Town and York City under new manager Adam Lakeland.
The Nash currently sit sixth in the league table, one point behind Gateshead, and are unbeaten at home in league competition from five games.
“Winning games always helps with the spirits, momentum and confidence,” said player-manager Mike Williamson.
“Curzon have numerous target men in their squad up front, they’ve got wingers and a lot of energy in midfield.
“They’re very disciplined and good at what they do and it’s going to be difficult for us.”
“For us it’s another challenge,” said Curzon Ashton manager Adam Lakeland following Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Brackley Town.
“[Gateshead] are a very good team, a different type of team to what we’ve faced today and they’ll pose us different challenges.
“I watched them a few weeks ago at Fylde and we’ve had eyes on them in other games, so we’ll get ready for another difficult game but we should be bouncing into games now with confidence.”
Macaulay Langstaff missed Saturday’s win at Spennymoor Town after picking up an injury in training and will have a scan on Tuesday.
Tickets can be purchased via Curzon Ashton’s online ticketing portal here, and admission is priced at:
Adult – £15 (+ £1.26 booking fee)
Concession (Disabled/Carer, Over 65s & Students only – appropriate ID must be shown on entry) – £10 (+ £0.84 booking fee)
Under-16 (free with an accompanying adult) – £3 (+ £0.25 booking fee)
Gateshead secured three points away from home for the third time in a week with a 1-0 win at Curzon Ashton.
Mike Williamson’s first goal of the season put The Heed in front 17 minutes in at Tameside Stadium in a dominant first half display.
A resolute performance in the second 45 then ensured the visitors saw out a big win in Greater Manchester.
Gateshead made one change to the side that earned a 2-1 win at Spennymoor Town on Saturday with Robbie Tinkler replacing Matty Jacob at full back.
The visitors started on the front foot and saw the evening’s first chance with five minutes gone as Dan Ward sent a 20 yard shot narrowly over the crossbar and onto the roof of the net.
The opener came with just over a third of the half gone and it was Williamson who was the unlikely scorer, popping up at the back post to volley Greg Olley’s corner home.
Louis Storey was on hand to thwart and instant attempt at a response from Curzon Ashton with a last ditch sliding tackle, but from then on it was all Gateshead who were wondering how they weren’t more than one ahead at half time.
Ward found himself clean through on goal from Olley’s through ball and took the ball past one defender before his touch evaded him 12 yards from goal, moments before Owen Bailey’s close-range effort was somehow saved by Chris Renshaw.
Campbell proved a threat for The Nash’s back-line on more than one occasion in the opening 45 and curled a 20-yarder narrowly wide after testing Renshaw’s handling from a similar distance.
Arguably the best chance of the half came Gateshead’s way on the stroke of half time as Cedwyn Scott and Olley combined in the box, only for the captain to fire inches wide first time.
The hosts gained more confidence after the restart and enjoyed longer spells of possession as they chased an equaliser, though Gateshead restricted them to few chances.
Williamson looked to find the net for a second time for another Olley set piece but this one had too much on it for him to connect, while at the other end Tinkler threw himself in harm’s way to block a shot at the back post.
Ward was centimetres away from doubling his side’s lead with 15 minutes to go when he smacked against the post from 20 yards with Curzon Ashton pushing more men forward in search of a leveller.
The Nash saw two decent chances pass them by in the closing stages as Jack Dunn fired past the far post on the turn inside the area, before an injury-time corner was flashed across the face of goal to no takers when it only needed a touch.
A resolute Heed held firm for a third away win inside seven days to hold fifth place in the league table.
Gateshead XI: Chapman, Tinkler, Williamson, Storey, Nicholson, Hunter, Bailey, Olley, Ward (Williams, 82’), Campbell, Scott (Blackett, 68’).
Substitutes: Pani, Wombwell, Jacob.
Goals: Williamson (17’)