Gateshead travel to West Yorkshire on Tuesday night to face FC Halifax Town in the Vanarama National League
The Heed claimed their first win of the season last time out with a 4-1 home victory against Maidstone.
A first half double from Paul Blackett set the tone early on, before second half goals from Greg Olley and Adam Campbell put the result beyond doubt before Joe Ellul’s late consolation.
Tuesday’s hosts Halifax have endured a tough start to the season, picking up just one point in their first five matches.
The Shaymen’s fortunes have began to turn in their last two matches however, picking up a win away at Scunthorpe United and an away draw at Maidenhead United.
Following their most recent results the hosts have moved up to 22nd in the table, just one point behind Gateshead in 19th place.
“For us it’s about doing what we do, imposing our style on them and on the back of winning our last game we want to try and add to that.” assistant manager Ian Watson said.
“We’ve watched them several times and they’re good side, they’re high energy and we’re expecting the intensity from both teams to be through the roof, so it should be a good game.”
“The boys should all be really fresh for tomorrow and we know it’s going to be a really difficult game, as Chesterfield would have been.”
The squad remains as it was prior to Saturday’s postponement, though a number of players are nearing a return to action following injury absences.
Dan Jarvis has returned to full training and will be available for selection in the near future, while Ethan Pye has also re-joined the first team squad in training following a concussion.
Aaron Martin is the sole short-term injury lay-off, while Lewis Knight is progressing well with the hip injury he picked up in pre-season, though he remains a long-term absentee.
Louis Storey is available for selection on Tuesday having served the one-match suspension he incurred at Wrexham.
Admission is priced at:
Concessions (State pension age): £18
12-17 years old: £9
Under 12’s: Free (with a paying adult)
Away supporters will be located in Block A of the East Stand. Supporters must also be aware that the away turnstile is cash only and tickets will only be sold on the gate.
Disabled supporters will pay the admission price relevant to their age group. A carer, if required, is admitted free of charge. Supporters should visit reception at The Shay if they require assistance.
Gateshead were defeated by two second-half goals from Mani Dieseruvwe at FC Halifax Town.
A close-fought first half swung the hosts’ way through the forward’s double early into the second period, and Owen Gallacher’s sending off completed a frustrating evening for The Heed.
Mike Williamson handed Jevon Mills his first start at The Shay, while Louis Storey returned to partner him in central defence following his one-game suspension.
Gateshead started on the front foot and looked to apply early pressure on Halifax’s defence, with Paul Blackett denied a chance by Jesse Debrah’s late challenge before goalkeeper Sam Johnson claimed Greg Olley’s free kick into the box.
Blackett was thwarted by Johnson from close range in the first real chance of the game after 16 minutes, and shortly afterwards Adam Campbell’s ball into the box missed all grey shirts before being claimed by the ‘keeper.
Dieseruvwe had his first opportunity to open the scoring at the other end on the half-hour mark but Dan Langley was down quickly to parry his header wide and keep the scores level.
Opportunities proved somewhat rare in the final stages of the half, with Olley drilling a ball into the box which Johnson claimed once more before Dan Ward sent a 25-yard effort over the bar.
Halifax took charge early on in the second half however, with Dieseruvwe slotting home at the back post after Mills’ ball had been cut out in his own half.
Dieseruvwe had his second three minutes later, capitalising on Robbie Tinkler’s misplaced header to strike past Langley with a powerful drive from 20 yards out.
Gateshead looked to respond shortly afterwards with the game now theirs to chase, and substitute Tom Allan called Johnson into a reflex save at his near post on the hour mark.
Langley was on hand to stop Halifax netting a third at the other end with Sam Minihan’s shot seeming destined to squeeze in at the near post, but for the ‘keeper’s diving stop.
Adi Yussuf was introduced for his debut with 77 minutes gone, replacing Ward as The Heed tried to find a way back into the game.
He quickly looked to make an impact and teed up Will Harris, who fired over from 20 yards, but Gallacher’s sending off for a second yellow card in the final 10 minutes halted any momentum.
Gateshead: Langley, Tinkler, Mills, Storey, Gallacher, Bailey (Hasani, 90’), Ward, Olley (c), Blackett, Harris, Campbell.
Substitutes: Montgomery, Forbes.
Yellow Cards: Bailey (48’), Gallacher (64’)
Red Cards: Gallacher (84’)
FC Halifax Town: Johnson, Minihan, Senior, Keane (c), Debrah, Stott, Hunter, Gilmour, Warburton (Spence, 65’), Dieseruvwe (Slew, 70’), Cappello (Harker, 85’)
Substitutes: Golden, Arthur
Goals: Dieseruvwe (52’, 55’)
Yellow Cards: Stott (6’)
Attendance: 1,625 (87 Gateshead)