Gateshead kick off the penultimate week of the season by hosting Bromley at Gateshead International Stadium on Saturday, April 15 (3pm kick off).
The Heed earned their sixth consecutive National League win on Wednesday night with a 5-2 victory at Eastleigh, where Aaron Martin netted his first goal and first hat-trick for the club.
Those three points took Gateshead up to 14th in the league table and nine points clear of the relegation zone with five games to play.
Mike Williamson’s side can complete their quest for National League safety by bettering Torquay United’s result on Saturday, with the latter contesting their first of four remaining games.
Gateshead’s five-goal haul on Wednesday saw them become the only side in the bottom half to possess a positive goal difference – six goals better than the next best differential.
Bromley’s play-off hopes were boosted by The Heed’s win over Eastleigh in midweek, with Andy Woodman’s side sitting two points outside of the top seven with four games to go.
The Ravens have lost just two of their last 10 away fixtures, with those defeats coming against Wrexham and Woking.
Forward pairing Adam Marriott and Michael Cheek have both struck double figures for Bromley this season, and could send their side back into the play-off places should they better Eastleigh’s result at Chesterfield.
“They’ve got a lot of dimensions to the team,” said player-manager, Mike Williamson.
“They’ve got players who can play through the thirds, but we’re also going to have to stand up to the physicality of them.
“They’re pushing for the play-offs and it’s going to be hard for us, but we’ve got our fans behind us and a good surface, so we’ve just got to focus on how we play.”
“We’ve got to roll onto Gateshead,” said Andy Woodman following last weekend’s draw with Boreham Wood.
“I’m hearing a lot of people are going to Gateshead, and quite a few are telling me they’ve got their ticket and their coach travel.
“It won’t be an easy game, but it’s weirdly very much in our hands.
“We need a result here and there, but we’ve got to take care of our business and I haven’t changed the narrative on that.”
Elliot Forbes, Kenton Richardson, Lewis Knight remain unavailable, while Tom Allan and Will Harris have returned to light training.
Ethan Pye faces a late fitness test ahead of Saturday’s game after missing Wednesday’s win at Eastleigh through injury.
Tickets can be purchased online or on the gate at Gateshead International Stadium, with admission priced at:
Concession (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 Bromley supporters seated in the Tyne & Wear Stand (North). Away supporters can purchase tickets on the gate via cash or card, or online here.
Home supporters can purchase tickets online here.
Tickets purchased online are not posted to supporters and must be either printed at home or shown via smartphone upon entry.
Supporters outside the UK can watch Saturday’s game live from Gateshead International Stadium via www.nationalleaguetv.com, with match day passes priced at £9.50.
Fans will have the ability to switch between any National League match streamed on any given match day.
Gateshead’s 11-game unbeaten streak was ended as Bromley won 3-0 at Gateshead International Stadium.
Corey Whitely got the opener for Bromley with a well-worked goal in the 54th minute. The Ravens doubled their advantage in the 78th minute as Ryan Stirk got onto the scoresheet.
The third and final goal of the game through Louis Dennis who got his first goal in a Bromley shirt in the 83rd minute.
Mike Williamson made five changes to the team that beat Eastleigh 5-2 on Wednesday. Aaron Martin dropped to the bench following scoring a hat-trick in his previous match. Ethan Pye, Louis Storey, Ed Francis, Stephen Wearne and Marcus Dinanga were reintroduced into the starting XI.
The first chance of the match came to Gateshead in the fourth minute. Dan Ward created his own chance when he cut inside to take on the Bromley defence but his shot that was aimed at the near-post was saved by Reice Charles-Cook.
Following a late challenge on Pye, Carl Magnay was quick to get to his feet to protest the challenge to the fourth official which resulted in a red card for the substitute in the seventh minute.
Bes Topalloj powered forward before he striked the ball over the bar in the 36th minute.
Wearne played a mesmerising back-heel pass through to Dinanga, but the Gateshead number nine’s shot was placed just past the wrong side of the post in the 42nd minute.
Bromley were presented with the best chance of the match just one minute later. Forster’s drilled cross found Cheek whose shot from five-yards out was saved by Marschall.
Bromley took the lead in the 54th minute. Forster whipped a cross towards the back-post which found an unmarked Whitely for a tap-in.
Cheek found the back of the net in the 62nd minute but it was later ruled out for offside.
Stirk doubled the visitors’ advantage in the 78th minute. Cheek played a disguised pass towards the back-post which caught out the Gateshead defence and allowed Stirk for an easy finish.
The final goal for Bromley came in the 83rd minute via Dennis. Marschall’s pass was intercepted by Deji Elerwe who looked up to play in Dennis for a dinked finish.
Gateshead: Marschall, Pye, Storey, Bailey, Pani, (Campbell), Ward, Francis,(Martin), Whelan, (Conteh), Olley, Wearne, Dinanga
Bromley: Charles-Cook, Reynolds, Bingham, Sowunmi,(Elerewe), Cheek, (Marriott) Dennis, Stirk, Whitely, Forster, Arthurs, (Vennings) Topalloj
Subs: Fisher, Webster
Goals: Whitely (54’), Stirk (78’), Dennis (83’)