Gateshead host Bradford (Park Avenue) at Gateshead International Stadium on Non-League Day 2022 (3pm kick off).
The Heed have won eight from their last nine Vanarama National League North fixtures, most recently in midweek with a 4-0 victory over Curzon Ashton.
Mike Williamson’s side hold pole position by three points with Brackley Town close behind in second place following their 1-0 win over Alfreton on Tuesday evening.
Cedwyn Scott’s hat-trick against Curzon Ashton is the first by a Gateshead player since Ged Garner’s trio against Southport in November 2020, and takes him to 24 goals in all competitions.
Scott and Macaulay Langstaff have a combined total of 50 goals between themselves in all competitions, and are tied at the top of the league scoring charts with 22 each.
Bradford (Park Avenue) sit 16th in the league table ahead of Saturday’s game and halted a three-game losing streak with a 3-1 win at Blyth Spartans on Tuesday night.
Fourteen goals have been scored in our two meetings with Bradford this season, with 10 of those netted by Gateshead.
“There’s plenty of decisions [to be made],” said player-manager, Mike Williamson.
“We always look at each individual game on an isolated basis and pick the strongest 11 and bench that we feel is capable of getting the three points.”
There are no fresh injury issues to report following Tuesday’s game.
Last Time We Met
Gateshead ran out 6-2 winners in the Emirates FA Cup second round qualifying the last time the sides met on Tyneside in September 2021.
A Matty Jacob brace alongside goals from Greg Olley, Dan Ward, Macaulay Langstaff secured progression in emphatic fashion, despite a consolation double from Isaac Marriott.
Segregation will be in place for Saturday’s fixture with home supporters situated in the Tyne & Wear Stand, while away supporters will be located in the East Stand.
Tickets can be purchased either on the gate or online for Saturday’s fixture. Tickets purchased online will not be posted out, and should either be printed at home or shown on your smartphone upon entry.
Admission for Saturday’s game is priced at:
Adult – £15
Concession – £10
Under-16 – FREE
We are delighted to offer free entry to supporters aged under 16 on Saturday in conjunction with Non-League Day 2022.
Fans under 16 can claim their free ticket on the gate at Gateshead International Stadium while accompanied by any paying adult, including season ticket holders.
Parents will also be able to bring their children along to create their own posters and join in face painting at our creation station on the South Concourse from 1pm, with a prize up for grabs for the most creative poster.
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Gateshead were held to a goalless draw by Bradford (Park Avenue) despite a dominant display at Gateshead International Stadium.
Mike Williamson made two changes to the side that beat Curzon Ashton 4-0 on Tuesday night with Carl Magnay and Connor Malley replacing Jack Hunter and Dan Ward.
The Heed dominated possession in the opening 45 and started brightly, with Adam Campbell sending a 25-yard strike just over before Cedwyn Scott narrowly missed Greg Olley’s low cross on the slide into the six-yard box.
Bradford were content to defend in numbers and play direct on the counter-attack, and kept Gateshead at arms’ length with chances restricted to shots from outside of the box for much of the opening 45.
Campbell combined with Macaulay Langstaff just after the half-hour mark to fire away a shot which George Sykes-Kenworthy reacted well to save, and the Avenue ‘keeper proved a difficult man to beat for the remainder of the half.
Malley saw a shot from the edge of the box held by Sykes-Kenworthy shortly after, moments before sending a low drive which fizzed wide of the far post via a deflection in a crowded penalty area.
Scott was next to try his luck but his shot on the turn again found the gloves of Sykes-Kenworthy, who ensured his side went into the break on level terms.
The Heed’s dominance continued into the second half and Sykes-Kenworthy was called into action twice in the opening seven minutes to save from Greg Olley and Campbell inside the box.
Substitute Nicky Clee almost put the visitors in front via a slice of good fortune when his cross floated over Filip Marschall and bounced back off the crossbar, but otherwise Gateshead spent the majority of time with the ball in Bradford’s half.
The visitors defended resolutely and in numbers, forcing Owen Bailey to fire over from 25 yards before Scott later struck the side netting on the turn.
The best chance of the half fell to Langstaff 10 minutes from time when he was sent behind Bradford’s defensive line, but he was again denied by Sykes-Kenworthy after checking back and striking goalwards.
Langstaff flicked an Olley cross wide in injury time and Gateshead’s pressure ultimately counted for a sole point, extending their unbeaten run to 10 games and remaining top of the National League North.
Gateshead XI: Marschall, Tinkler, Magnay, Storey, Charters, Bailey, Olley (c), Malley (Ward, 66’), Campbell, Langstaff, Scott.
Substitutes: Hunter, Forbes, Jacob, Montgomery.
Bradford (Park Avenue) XI: Sykes-Kenworthy, Ross, Odunston, Hopper, Havern (c), Fielding, Knight (Toulson, 90+2’), Richman, Dockerty (Clee, 54’), Johnson, Hinds.
Bradford (Park Avenue) Substitutes: Hall, Windass, Ragan.
Yellow Cards: Hopper (34’)