Gateshead open December with an early kick off at 12:30pm against Aldershot Town at Gateshead International Stadium.
The Heed come into the final month of the year on the back of four points from a possible six in their last two outings against Southend United and Torquay United.
Mike Williamson’s men secured a 3-1 win over The Shrimpers last time out on home soil, before taking a point from Plainmoor last weekend thanks to Elliot Forbes’ equaliser.
Aldershot halted a three-game losing run at home to Southend last weekend, with Justin Amaluzor and Corey Jordan netting in a 2-0 win.
The Shots currently sit 18th in the National League table, and have lost the most games (11) of any team outside of the bottom four as well as drawing the fewest (2) in the entire division.
“I wouldn’t say there’s any pressure, obviously we want to win the game,” said assistant manager, Ian Watson.
“We’ve left no stone unturned, we’ve done a lot of detail on them as well as ourselves in trying to improve little things that we felt we lacked last week.”
“They’re a good footballing side, they’re a side not to be taken lightly,” said Aldershot’s interim manager, Ross McNeilly.
“Coming off the back of Southend we’re going to be going there with a real positive mindset and focusing on getting the job done.”
Greg Olley is set to miss Saturday’s game due to injury, while Carl Magnay and Kamil Conteh will both serve one-match suspensions after accumulating five yellow cards.
Robbie Tinkler is in contention to return from injury, and could make the squad for the first time since October 18.
Tickets can be purchased online or on the gate at Gateshead International Stadium, with admission priced at:
Adult – £18
Concessions (65+, Blue Light, Armed Services or Veteran) – £12
Young Adult, 17-21 – £8
Youth, 15-16 – £5
Under 14 – Free (must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Segregation will be in place, with Aldershot Town supporters seated in the East Stand. Away supporters can purchase tickets for a £1 reduction in the uncovered East Stand either on the gate or online here.
Away fans are to enter via the gate to the right of the main reception, heading behind the South Stand and towards the East Stand access gate.
Tickets purchased online are not posted to supporters and must be either printed at home or shown via smartphone upon entry.
Turnstiles will open to supporters at 11:15am on Saturday.
Gateshead fell to a 2-0 defeat to Aldershot in the final home league game of 2022.
A well taken goal from Ryan Glover and a curled effort from outside the box from Justin Amaluzor gave Aldershot their eighth win of the season.
Mike Williamson gave Conor Carty his first home start for Gateshead while naming new signing on loan from Boreham Wood, Danny Elliott, on the bench. Louis Storey and Robbie Tinkler would also be involved in the starting eleven after coming back from injury.
The first chance of the match fell to the visitors in the sixth minute, Frank Vincent played a through ball to Tommy Willard who cut inside before he hit a low-driven shot to towards the near post which James Montgomery saved.
Six minutes later Aldershot had another great chance to take the lead, Vincent’s cross deflected off Robbie Tinkler which allowed the ball to fall into the path of Ryan Glover, but his shot was dragged wide.
Gateshead got their first chance in the 21st minute, Aaron Martin took the ball to just outside the box before he fired a shot over the ball with his left foot.
Dan Ward’s corner found Elliot Forbes who managed to flick the ball towards the back post where Owen Bailey headed attempt was cleared off the line in the 26th minute.
In the 48th minute, Adam Campbell threaded a perfect ball between two Aldershot defenders which Martin controlled but his shot went over the bar.
The Shots took the lead in the 52nd minute, Joe Parrington’s diagonal ball slipped in Glover who buried the ball past Montgomery.
Off the bench and on his debut, Danny Elliott picked up the ball before he turned and attempted a curled effort which ultimately went over the bar.
In the 67th minute Martin showed his physicality to shrug off the Aldershot defender before he played a squared pass to Campbell, but his shot was saved by Ashby-Hammond.
Aldershot got their second in the 78th minute, Justin Amaluzor curled the ball into the top corner which left Montgomery rooted to his spot.
Gateshead: Montgomery, Tinkler (Harris, 79′), Storey, Richardson, Forbes, Pye, Ward (Jarvis, 56′), Bailey, Carty (Elliott, 56′), Campbell, Martin.
Substitutes: Langley, Gallacher.
Yellow Cards: Tinkler (54′)
Aldershot: Ashby-Hammond, Davies, Harfield, Parington, Cordner, Vincent, Amaluzor, Jordan, Alfa (Klass, 65′), Glover (Panayiotou, 86′), Willard (Effiong, 57′).
Substitutes: Phillips, Shroll.
Goals: Glover (52’), Amaluzor (78’)
Attendance: 996 (113 away)