Gateshead host Curzon Ashton at Gateshead International Stadium tonight as we enter the final 10 games of the Vanarama National League North season.
The Heed remain top of the division following Saturday’s 2-1 win at Boston United, with second-placed Brackley Town three points behind with one game in hand.
Mike Williamson’s side have won 13 from 15 league games on home turf this season, a stat which sees them hold the best record in the National League North.
Gateshead go in search of a ninth game unbeaten and a fourth consecutive win tonight against a Curzon Ashton side hoping to keep their play-off dream alive.
The Nash sit 10th in the league table and five points away from seventh-placed York, who they played out a goalless draw against this time last week.
Adam Lakeland’s men have won from their last five games and fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to relegation threatened Farsley Celtic at the weekend.
“Curzon are a really good side,” said assistant manager, Ian Watson.
“We watched them against a really good York side and they created chances, had a lot of energy about them, they play when they can but they can be direct when they want to be as well.
“We’re fully aware they’re going to be coming with confidence. They had a bad result on Saturday but having watched the game the performance wasn’t bad at all, they dominated the ball and it was a bit of freak goal from the goalkeeper.
“It was a tough game down there and could have gone either way, so we’re just looking forward to putting our stamp on the game and taking three points hopefully.”
“We’ve got 11 games to go, we’ll see what we can do,” Curzon Ashton manager Adam Lakeland told the club’s official YouTube channel.
“There’s no better game for me now than Gateshead away.
“It’s going to be tough, they are the best team in the league, and we’ve got to go there and perform.”
Alex Nicholson is set to miss out with an achilles injury though Dan Ward is available for inclusion in the squad after he missed Saturday’s game at Boston.
Matty Jacob is expected to be available after his absence due to illness at the weekend.
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Mike Williamson scored the only goal as Gateshead earned a 1-0 win at Tameside Stadium in November 2021.
The player-manager got on the end of Greg Olley’s corner to the back post to net his first of the season, and The Heed stood firm in the second half to take all three points.
Segregation will be in place with away supporters situated in the South Concourse in the Tyne & Wear Stand.
Tickets can be purchased either on the gate or online for this evening’s game. Tickets purchased online will not be posted out, and should either be printed at home or shown on your smartphone upon entry.
Admission for Tuesday’s game is priced at:
Adult – £15
Concession – £10
Under-16 – £5
Carer – Free
Cedwyn Scott netted his first hat-trick of the season as Gateshead cruised to a 4-0 win over Curzon Ashton.
Scott netted a first half double, either side of Macaulay Langstaff’s 22nd of the season, to put The Heed in control at the break before completing his hat trick six minutes from time to cap off a dominant display.
Mike Williamson made one change to the side that won 2-1 at Boston United last Saturday with Carl Magnay making way for Dan Ward, while Jack Hunter shifted into the back four.
Gateshead started on the front foot and struck the woodwork eight minutes in when Dan Ward beat his man in the box and placed his shot against the post, before Chris Renshaw reacted to save Greg Olley’s rebound.
It took only 14 minutes for the deadlock to be broken though and it was Ward again making things happen on the right wing, striking a ball which Renshaw parried straight to Scott for a tap in.
Curzon Ashton were limited in possession and posed little threat in the opening 45, with Tom Peers’ low strike which went wide of the far post their only real offering.
Twenty-nine minutes in and The Heed made it two as Langstaff flew down the right wing before beating his man and placing into the far corner to give the hosts control.
Scott came close to making it three with a low shot which Renshaw parried wide, but only had to wait a few minutes before being brought down in the box by Harry Flowers for a penalty which he duly converted.
The forward thought he had netted his hat-trick nine minutes after the restart only for the assistant referee to flag for offside, and Olley looked to add a fourth moments later with a low drive which flew just wide.
Filip Marschall was called upon to make a close-range save shortly afterwards, while at the other end Adam Campbell and Taylor Charters sent efforts wide from distance.
Langstaff struck the post from the edge of the box as he hunted for his second and Marschall made himself known once more to preserve his clean sheet, beating away Craig Hobson’s strike at his near post.
Scott’s hat-trick finally came with six minutes left on the clock as he positioned himself at the far post to prod home on the rebound after Connor Malley’s header was initially saved by Renshaw.
His third and Gateshead’s fourth capped off a fine evening’s work for Williamson’s men, extending their unbeaten run to nine games and holding their three-point lead at the National League North’s summit.
Gateshead XI: Marschall, Tinkler (Magnay, 53’), Hunter, Storey, Charters, Ward (Pani, 54’), Bailey, Olley (c), Langstaff (Malley, 83’), Scott, Campbell.
Substitutes: Nicholson, Greenfield.
Goals: Scott (14’, 40’ (pen), 84’), Langstaff (29’)
Curzon Ashton XI: Renshaw, Challoner, Flowers, Wilson, Richards, Barton (Poscha, 73’), Lussey, Mahon (c) (Mariette, 72’), Nolan, Curran (Hobson, 61’), Peers.
Curzon Ashton Substitutes: Dimaio, Teale.
Yellow Cards: Mahon (39’)
Red Cards: Flowers (after final whistle)