Gateshead host Boreham Wood this Saturday in the Vanarama National League.
The Heed were defeated by two second-half goals from Mani Dieseruvwe at FC Halifax Town in midweek. After an even first 45 minutes the second half went the way of the hosts, with Owen Gallacher’s sending off completing a frustrating evening at The Shay Stadium.
Boreham Wood faced Maidenhead United on Tuesday night and came away with a 1-0 win, with substitute Danny Elliott making an immediate impact as his second-half strike earned The Wood three points on home turf.
After The Wood’s latest victory, they sit fifth in the Vanarama National League, boasting the best defensive record in the division, conceding just six goals.
Following Gateshead’s defeat on Tuesday night, Mike Williamson’s side dropped down to 21st position in the league table.
“It’s all about how we respond, and we’ve got the lads to do that, and everyone’s looking forward to it.” player-manager Williamson stated.
“We know they’re going to bring a game plan to try and stop us from playing out and playing the way we want to play. They’ve made signings to improve their team from last season also.”
“We know how tough it’s going to be, and I said to the boys it’s going to be our toughest test yet.”
“I’ve said to the group, please don’t go there and think you’re playing a bottom four side,” said Boreham Wood manager, Luke Garrard.
“I think their league standing at the minute is false, I think they’ve been unfortunate in a lot of the games we’ve watched.
“We have to play a darn sight better than we did on Tuesday evening, [though] I’m thankful we got the result.”
Owen Gallacher is suspended for Saturday’s match following his red card against Maidenhead United.
Ethan Pye has returned to training this week following a concussion lay-off, though Saturday’s match will likely come too early for his involvement.
Carl Magnay will face a late fitness test to determine whether he will feature this weekend, following a bout of illness in midweek.
Last Time Out
The last time the two teams met was in January 2019 in the Vanarama National League at Gateshead International Stadium.
A Sean Shields goal just before half-time gave Boreham Wood the lead at the break, before Scott Boden equalised in the 73rd minute to earn a point for Gateshead.
Club partners Foodhub are launching their meal deal pre-order initiative on Saturday, allowing supporters to pre-order and collect their half time meal from the North concourse at Gateshead International Stadium.
Supporters must first register with Foodhub here before they are able to pre-order their meal.
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 Boreham Wood 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 at 1:45pm on Saturday.
The Heed were forced to settle for a point as Boreham Wood levelled in the second half at Gateshead International Stadium
A Lirak Hasani volley wasn’t enough for Gateshead to earn three points as it was cancelled out by a Josh Rees goal.
The first chance fell to Gateshead in the sixth minute, an in-swinged Greg Olley corner nearly finds the top corner which forced Nathan Ashmore to palm the ball away.
A loose ball on the edge of the box was stuck with venom by Lirak Hasani whose volley found the bottom-right corner beating Ashmore which put the Heed up in the 15th minute.
Boreham Wood nearly found a bizarre equaliser in the 23rd minute, Will Evans attempted a deep cross which nearly catches Dan Langley out, but Langley kept composed and manged to do enough to keep the wayward cross out.
Boreham Wood had the first chance of the second half in the 46th minute, Dennon Lewis powered down the left wing before cutting inside and hitting a shot, but Langley collects the ball comfortably.
The Heeds one goal advantage was cut short in the 51st minute, Dan Langley’s clearance fell short, Josh Rees picked up the ball before he slotted it away to draw Boreham Wood level.
Boreham Wood kept the pressure on Gateshead, Femi Ilesanmi played a reverse pass in behind to Rees who hits a shot straight at Langley
The final chance of the match fell to Adi Yusuf, a loose ball in the box allowed Yusuf to arrive on scene before hitting a first time shot which Nathan Ashmore got a vital foot onto to keep the score 1-1.
Gateshead: Langley, Tinkler, Magnay, Storey, Daley, Bailey, Olley, Hasani, Ward, Campbell, Harris
Substitutes: Mills (42’) Yusuf (67’) Blackett (78’)
Goals: Hasani (15’)
Boreham Wood: Ashmore, Kelly-Evans, Ilesanmi, Evans, Stephens, Rees, Ndlovu, Marsh, Lewis, Payne, Brunt
Goals: Rees (51’)
Substitutes: Elliott (78’) Ricketts (83’) Newton (86’)
Attendance: 1112 (52 away)