Gateshead make the 626-mile round trip to face Dorking Wanderers in the fourth fixture of the 2022/23 Vanarama National League season.
The Heed are unbeaten following the first three games of the campaign, playing out draws with Dagenham & Redbridge, Barnet and Notts County.
Mike Williamson’s side have led twice in the final minutes against Dagenham and Notts County, but late goals have seen Gateshead forced to settle for one point in each.
Adam Campbell and Paul Blackett have both scored twice, while Tom Allan netted his first Heed goal in midweek.
Dorking, meanwhile, sit eighth in the National League after earning their first-ever fifth tier win at Maidstone United on Tuesday following promotion from the National League South.
Manager, co-founder and chairman Marc White’s side have begun life at the peak of the non-league pyramid just as they left off in 2021/22 by scoring and conceding the most goals in the division so far.
Alfie Rutherford scored 30 league goals for Dorking last season and remains a key figure in attack, alongside the arrival of Ryan Seager who netted 27 times in the National League South for Hungerford Town in 2021/22.
“Off the back of last season they’ve got the momentum, they’re scoring lots of goals like they did last year,” said Williamson.
“I always enjoy the tactical side of it when teams try and play through the thirds, but they’ve always got the direct route as well with the strikers they have.”
“I genuinely think from what I’ve seen of them, and what I hear of them, I think [Gateshead] are at least a top half team,” White told Dorking’s official Twitter on Thursday.
“This Gateshead team is one hell of a good side, look tremendously coached, look extremely strong and right now they look fantastic.
“I think this game will be our toughest game so far, and I include Chesterfield in that.”
Aaron Martin remains unavailable after missing Tuesday’s game against Notts County through injury.
Dan Jarvis has returned to light training as part of his rehabilitation process.
Segregation is in place and supporters can purchase tickets online here until 11am on Saturday, or purchase on the gate.
Admission is priced at:
Adult – £16
Concession (Over 60 and students with an ID card) – £13
Under 18 – £8
Under 8 – £4