Gateshead host Blyth Spartans in the first derby fixture at Gateshead International Stadium since 2019 on Tuesday evening (7:45pm kick off).
The Heed come into tomorrow night looking to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat to AFC Fylde – only their second at home in the league this season.
Mike Williamson’s side now sit second in the Vanarama National League North table but could return to pole position on goal difference with a derby day victory.
Blyth themselves head into Tuesday night on the back of a 3-0 home defeat, with York City taking all three points from Croft Park on Saturday afternoon.
The visitors have won four and lost five from their nine games since Terry Mitchell took charge in November 2021, and are currently in 18th place in the league table.
Former Gateshead midfielder JJ O’Donnell has been Blyth’s main goal threat this season with 10 goals in the league so far, and could line up alongside a host of ex-Heed men in green and white.
“It’s going to be a big game for the fans, it’s been a few years since we played them at home,” defender & first team coach Louis Storey said on Monday.
“We’re still a little bit sore from the loss after New Year and it’s just about the balance of bouncing back from Saturday and taking every game as it comes.”
“We said to the lads before the game, we have seven games in February and need to utilise the squad,” Blyth Spartans manager Terry Mitchell told the club’s official YouTube channel.
“We’ll look to Tuesday and see how we can freshen it up, of course we’ll be looking to bounce back.
“I’ll be watching back our game back and look at Gateshead’s last couple of games to ensure we’re prepared.
“We’ve got a full squad and there’ll all in contention to start, and we’ll look at it and put the best team out to hopefully get a result Tuesday night.”
Jack Hunter is set to miss Tuesday’s game after suffering a concussion in Saturday’s defeat to AFC Fylde, and Paul Blackett is also unavailable due to a groin injury.
Last Time We Met
Blyth emerged 2-1 winners at Croft Park the last time the two sides met in January, with JJ O’Donnell and Robbie Dale cancelling out Paul Blackett’s early opener.
Segregation will be in place for Tuesday’s fixture with home supporters situated in the Tyne & Wear Stand, while away supporters will be located in the East Stand.
Tickets are available to purchase online or on the gate for Tuesday’s fixture, and tickets purchased for the original Boxing Day fixture remain valid for tomorrow night’s game.
Away tickets are discounted by £1 due to supporters being situated in the uncovered East Stand.
Any supporters who have already purchased an away ticket online will be automatically refunded the difference in price.
Adult – £15
Concession – £10
Under-16 – £5
Home supporters can purchase tickets online here.
Adult – £14
Concession – £9
Under-16 – £4
Gateshead cruised to a 3-0 derby day win over Blyth Spartans at Gateshead International Stadium.
Macaulay Langstaff netted an early opener for the hosts, before Adam Campbell and Taylor Charters made sure of a derby day win.
Mike Williamson’s side enjoyed a lively start as Owen Bailey played in Danny Greenfield, before Greg Olley struck narrowly wide of the top corner from range.
The scoring was opened on 10 minutes through former Spartan, Langstaff.
Cedwyn Scott squared it to the number seven in a two-on-one situation following a lobbed ball from Campbell, and Langstaff made no mistake from close-range.
On 15 minutes, Langstaff went through on the left hand side and forced a good save from Alex Mitchell, before Greenfield’s rebound flew wide despite the best efforts of Scott.
With 25 on the clock, Olley’s corner eventually dropped to Louis Storey on the volley, but the centre-back went wide inside the box.
The Heed kept pressing as Olley and Campbell fired attempts off target, before the hosts earned another great chance in the run up to half-time.
Mitchell parried Langstaff’s shot from Campbell’s through ball, and Scott was unable to connect to the rebound from a few yards out.
Filip Marschall made a game-defining save three minutes after the restart, as Jordan Hickey’s powerful effort was met in the nick of time by the Aston Villa loanee.
Campbell struck over from 30-yards on 57 minutes, while Blyth created a big opportunity on the hour.
Michael Liddle worked down the left and crossed to JJ O’Donnell, who nodded over inside the six-yard box.
Gateshead should’ve secured a second moments later as Mitchell stopped Langstaff’s close-range strike, while Bailey’s header was also scraped away.
The Heed did double the advantage five minutes later, with Langstaff’s driven cross being parried into the path of Macauley Langstaff to tap home.
Another Langstaff shot was saved and Olley hit wide in the final 15, before Mitchell saved from Scott one-on-one after Campbell’s pass.
In the dying seconds, Charters made it three after hitting from inside the box, which Spartans couldn’t block on the line.
Gateshead XI: Marschall, Tinkler, Nicholson, Storey, Jacob, Bailey, Greenfield (Pani, 78’), Olley, Campbell, Langstaff (Charters, 86’), Scott.
Unused subs: Williamson, Magnay.
Goals: Langstaff (10’), Campbell (66’), Charters (90’)
Blyth Spartans XI: Mitchell, Evans (Painter, 7’), Liddle (Watson 70’), Buddle, Hickey, O’Donnell, McKeown, Deverdics, Lees (Maguire, 69’), Thomson, Almond.
Unused subs: Dale, McNall.