Gateshead play host to play-off chasing Barnet in the first Vanarama National League home fixture since Boxing Day on Saturday, January 27 (3pm kick off).
The Heed were most recently in action on home soil in the Isuzu FA Trophy fourth round, progressing via penalties against Weston-super-Mare after drawing 2-2 in normal time.
A mixture of difficult results and postponements have seen Gateshead drop to 10th in the league table ahead of kick off, though only three separate Rob Elliot’s side from Altrincham in sixth place.
Barnet, meanwhile, have endured a rough couple of results on the road against play-off contenders Oldham Athletic and Altrincham in recent weeks, losing 2-0 at Boundary Park in midweek and 3-2 at the J. Davidson Stadium before that.
Six of their eight defeats in the league have come away from home, though their impressive home form – only Chesterfield and Bromley have taken more points – sees them hold their grip on third place.
Gateshead emerged on the right side of the result in this season’s reverse fixture, with two goals from Stephen Wearne securing a 2-0 victory at The Hive in November.
“Barnet are a very, very good team,” said Rob Elliot.
“It’s up to us to make sure that our game and our structure dominates theirs and that we get control of the football.
“With the new lads coming in, it’s a good taste of what the top teams in the National League look like.”
“It’s going to be crazy – Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday,” said Barnet manager, Dean Brennan, following Tuesday’s defeat at Oldham.
“It’s a relentless division and no doubt it’ll be another tough task up in Gateshead on Saturday.”
Ed Francis, Tom Allan, Robbie Tinkler and Greg Olley remain unavailable through injury, while Regan Booty is serving the first game of his suspension.
Supporters can listen live with commentary provided by the Heed Army Podcast.
Tickets can be purchased online or on the gate at Gateshead International Stadium, with admission priced at:
Concession (65+, Blue Light, Armed Forces both serving & veteran): £15
Young Adult (17-21): £10
Youth (15-16): £5
Turnstiles will open to all supporters at 1:45pm.
Segregation will be in place, with Barnet supporters seated in the East Stand.
Tickets purchased online are not posted to supporters and must be either printed at home or shown via smartphone upon entry.
Gateshead came from behind to earn a battling win over Barnet at Gateshead International Stadium.
Nicke Kabamba opened the game with a bullet header in the 29th minute – despite heavy protests by the Heed’s defence that there was a foul in the build-up play.
Luke Hannant produced the spectacular in the 59th minute when the caught the ball sweetly to volley the Heed back into the game.
Some fabulous build up play allowed Kain Adom to break down the right win before he slotted the ball past Josh Keeley in the 81st minute.
Rob Elliot gave Ben Worman his first start in a Gateshead shirt – while new signing Dajaune Brown was named on the bench.
Callum Whelan was dispossessed in the sixth minute which allowed Kamaba to be in one-on-one with Beach – but the Chelsea loanee stood tall to produce a vital save.
One minute later Anthony Hartigan rattled the post with his attempt from just outside the box which looked to have taken a touch from a Gateshead player en route to the goal.
Barnet’s relentless pressure eventually broke down Gateshead. Ben Coker’s whipped ball was headed home by Kabamba – Louis Storey’s protest that he was pushed saw the Heed defender shown a yellow card.
The first clear-cut chance of the match fell to Gateshead which they managed to convert. A Barnet defender’s headed clearance fell perfectly to Hannant who volleyed the ball into the top corner.
A long ball over the top played Kabamba into a dangerous area – but the Barnet striker volleyed over in the 74th minute.
Evans played a special ball in behind Barnet’s defence to Adom – as the Gateshead attacked showed his composure to confidently slot the ball past Keeley.
Gateshead: Beach, Richardson, Storey, Grayson, Hunter (Evans 71’), Hannant, Stott, Whelan, Worman (Adom 61’), McBride (Brown 77’), Dinanga
Subs: Hasani, Thompson
Goals: Hannant (59’), Adom (81’)
Barnet: Keeley, Hall-Johnson, Coker, Armstrong, Okino, Kabamba (Stead 77’), Kanu, Pritchard, Hartigan, Oluwo, Cropper
Subs: Maguire-Drew, Stevens, Potter, Brunt
Goals: Kabamba (29’)
Attendance: 1,098 (224 away)