Gateshead host Altrincham on Tuesday night in the Vanarama National League (7:45pm kick off).
Following debutant Dan Jarvis’s second-half wonder strike against Eastleigh on Saturday, The Heed extended their unbeaten run to three games.
Altrincham have found life in the National League difficult this season, picking up a single win in their opening 11 matches.
In their most recent outing they travelled to title chasing Notts County, with a double from former Heed striker Macaulay Langstaff sinking the Robins’ hopes and giving The Magpies a 3-1 victory.
This defeat meant Altrincham now sit second to bottom in the National League on goal difference.
The Heed now occupy 16th after only losing one of their last five matches, and could move as high as 13th with three points at Gateshead International Stadium.
“I’m excited again, I feel great!” said last week’s goalscorer Dan Jarvis.
“We dominate games but we just need that little thing to click and then I think we’ll go on a really good run.
“It was a relief and exciting to come off the bench and get my first minutes for Gateshead and thankfully got the goal.”
“If you look at the statistical analysis that goes on now, not that it means anything in terms of league positions, both teams are probably in a false position and should be about mid table,” Phil Parkinson told Alty TV following Saturday’s defeat at Notts County.
“We certainly won’t be taking them lightly, we need to hit the performance we hit [at Notts County] and goals have got to start crashing in for us.”
Last Time Out
In the last outing between the two sides, Macaulay Langstaff’s stoppage time winner was the difference in an Emirates FA Cup first round replay at Moss Lane.
Full match commentary will be provided by David Gaddess of the Heed Army Podcast, who will be joined by Mark Carruthers from 7:30pm.
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
Under 14 – Free (must be accompanied by a paying adult.)
Segregation will be in place, with Altrincham 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.
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 6:45pm on Tuesday.
Gateshead fell to a 3-1 defeat to Altrincham on a frustrating evening at Gateshead International Stadium.
An early Owen Bailey goal put the Heed ahead but goals from Christopher Conn-Clarke, Marcus Dinanga and Dan Malone secured Altrincham’s secured win of the season.
Both sides came into the game eager to get all three points, with Gateshead and Altrincham drawing five of their eleven games this season
Player-manager Mike Williamson relived himself of managerial duties for the night to give himself his first start of the season while also giving Kamil Conteh is full debut for the Heed.
Gateshead came straight at Altrincham from the kick-off, and it only took the Heed two minutes to find the back of the net. Dan Ward played a reverse pass behind the Altrincham back line which found Owen Bailey who slotted it past Oliver Bryne.
Gateshead’s confidence only increased as the game went on, Ethan Pye drove forward from defence before unleashing a shot from 30 yards forcing Bryne into a save.
In the 16th minute, The Robins’ found the equaliser with a bizarre goal. Christopher Conn-Clarke’s shot was saved by Dan Langley, but the loose ball deflects back off Conn-Clarke into the Heeds net.
It looked certain Altrincham were going to be Infront in the 16th minute, Elliot Osbourne put in a dangerous cross into the six-yard box for an easy tap-in but Mike Williamson manged to head the ball away.
Altrincham did eventually find the goal to give them the advantage in the 32nd minute, Marcus Dinanga ran with intent towards the Gateshead defence before he shifted the ball onto his left foot and then hitting a venomous strike from outside the box which beat Langley.
A minute later the Heed had a great chance to make it 2-2, Greg Olley played a fantastic ball to Adi Yussuf who turned with his first touch but dragged the ball just wide with his shot.
Elliot Osborne played a well-disguised pass to Ryan Colclough who was in one on one, but Dan Langley won the foot race to make a great save.
The first chance of the second half went to Altrincham, Ross Barrows’ audacious attempt from distance clipped the top of the bar in the 55th minute.
It wasn’t until the 71st minute for the next clear-cut chance which resulted in another Altrincham goal, Conn-Clarke played a squared pass across the box for Dan Malone to place it into the back of the net.
Gateshead: Langley, Tinkler, Williamson, Pye, Daley, Conteh, Olley, Bailey, Campbell, Ward, Blackett
Substitutes: Yussuf (16’) Jarvis (67’) Hasani (84)
Goals: Bailey (2’)
Altrincham: Bryne, Jones, Mullarkey, Lundstrum, Osbourne, Colclough, Conn, Barrows, Cooper, Dinanga, Malone
Goals: Conn-Clarke (16’), Dinanga (32’), Malone (71)
Substitutes: Hulme (74) Bennett (74), Pringle (80)
Attendance: 798 (29)