Gateshead continue their pre-season schedule on Tuesday evening with a short trip to neighbours Dunston UTS (7:30pm kick off).
The Heed continued their winning start to pre-season with a 2-0 victory at Billingham Town on Saturday afternoon, following a 4-1 win at Hebburn Town earlier in the week.
Cedwyn Scott netted his first of pre-season at Bedford Terrace, while academy forward Eddie Thomas also got himself on the scoresheet.
Dunston, meanwhile, will be competing in their first pre-season outing on Tuesday night with their last game a 1-0 FA Trophy defeat against Clitheroe in October 2020.
The last time the pair met was in an Emirates FA Cup tie in October 2018, with a place in the first round at stake.
Gateshead emerged 4-0 winners on the day with goals from Greg Olley, Steve Rigg, Scott Boden and Luke Molyneux ensuring passage to the first round.
Tickets are available on the gate at The UTS Stadium and are priced at £5 for adults & £3 for concessions/under-16’s.
Gateshead made it three wins from three in pre-season with a 2-1 victory over neighbours Dunston UTS on Tuesday night.
Cedwyn Scott netted his second goal in as many pre-season starts to put The Heed ahead but a back-post volley from a Dunston trialist levelled things up at half time.
Eddie Thomas came off the bench to score his second in two games and seal a third win of pre-season.
Mike Williamson opted to field a strong squad in the opening 45, with a number of established first team players lining up alongside new signings at The UTS Stadium.
Alex Nicholson looked to get things off to an equally strong start with two minutes on the clock as he sent a shot just wide of the far post before Adam Campbell fired over from 20 yards.
The visitors were on top for the opening portion of the first half and Scott made it count moments after Dan Ward fired over the bar, turning his man in the box and sending low into the bottom corner.
Gateshead were only in front for four minutes however, with the hosts replying in swift fashion as a trialist volleyed home at the back post to leave Adam Cameron with little chance.
Half-chances fell The Heed’s way during the remainder of the opening 45 and they were left wondering how they hadn’t regained the lead just before the break when both Campbell and Scott saw goal-bound efforts hooked off the line.
Four changes at the break saw Ryan Bolton, Connor Pani, Kyle Errington and Thomas get their chance to impress, but it was Dunston who almost took the lead instantly but for a smart low save from Cameron.
Pani caused problems for Dunston with a dangerous cross into the area, which Campbell sent towards goal following a clearance but was again denied by alert defending from the hosts.
Just as he did on Saturday though, Thomas found the net once more, intercepting a loose ball before slotting past a stranded Liam Connell and into an unguarded goal to restore the lead.
It may have only been pre-season, but Dunston weren’t keen to go down without a fight and came close multiple times with the clock running down.
Trialist perhaps should have found the net twice for the hosts, first dragging a one-on-one wide before seeing his shot blocked by Gateshead’s trialist ‘keeper.
Dunston continued to cause problems and from the resulting corner smacked the crossbar through Daniel Capewell’s header, but Williamson’s side held firm to secure a third win of pre-season.
Gateshead XI (first half): Cameron, Nicholson, Wombwell, Storey, Tinkler, Greenfield, Olley, Ward, Blackett (Nash, 42’), Campbell, Scott.
Gateshead XI (second half): Cameron (Trialist, 69’), Errington, Wombwell, Storey (Forbes, 59’), Bolton, Greenfield (Hunter, 54’ (Trialist, 80’)), Pani, Ward, Nash, Campbell, Thomas.
Goals: Scott (16’), Thomas (67’)
Dunston Goals: Trialist (20’)