Gateshead enter the 2022/23 Durham Challenge Cup with Gateshead Leam Rangers making the trip across Tyneside on Wednesday (7:30pm kick off).
The Heed will be led by U19s coach Ian Skinner at Gateshead International Stadium – his first in charge since joining the club in August – with a youthful side expected to be fielded in the Durham Challenge Cup preliminary round.
Gateshead Leam Rangers currently sit second in the Wearside League having finished third last season, winning seven of their 11 games so far, with FC Hartlepool leading the league table.
Anthony Huddart’s side most recently stormed to a 14-0 win over bottom side Durham City AFC on September 3, ending a run of two games without a win following a defeat at FC Hartlepool and a draw at home to Durham United FC.
Admission for Wednesday’s game is priced at:
Adult – £7
Concession – £5
21 & under – £3
U14s – Free (must be accompanied by a paying adult)
All supporters will be seated in the Tyne & Wear Stand for this fixture.
Tickets will not be sold online for this fixture and will only be available on the gate. Supporters can pay by either cash or card on the turnstiles.
Jonathan Hirst and Carl Taylor scored in the second period to knock a youthful Gateshead side out of the Durham Challenge Cup.
Ian Skinner’s side started well and tested visiting goalkeeper Jordan Bolton straight from kick-off, but Leam had a golden opportunity on eight minutes.
Matty Halliday found himself one-on-one with Adrian Janusz after darting down the left flank, however the Heed shot-stopper got down low to keep the score level.
Carl Taylor then slotted Joe Hunter through on 12 minutes and the left-back’s shot was blocked, before Janusz held Halliday’s tame effort on the rebound.
Gateshead worked possession down the right on the 24 mark as Robert Wilson squared to Peter Pinheiro, however Bolton got his body in the way of the strike.
Heed captain Ben Franklin stood over a 20-yard free-kick for the hosts moments later, which powerfully flew over the target.
Lennox Magalhaes went down with 36 on the clock, and Franklin’s wide set-piece was volleyed over by Jordan Plunkett at the back stick.
Leam skipper Adam Byron managed to keep the ball in play on the stroke of half-time before setting Taylor, but Hirst was denied by the feet of Janusz.
Hunter worked down the left for the visitors early in the second period and forced a save out of Janusz from close-range.
The Wearside League outfit’s pressure paid of seconds later, as Hirst pounced onto a loose pall and drilled into the bottom corner to break the deadlock.
The away side continued to attack and Hunter’s long pass was misjudged by Plunkett, allowing former Heed youngster Taylor to round Janusz and make it two.
Hirst made a scintillating cross-field pass on 71 minutes to Byron, who jinked inside before curling just wide of the Gateshead goal.
An injury meant Gateshead played the final knockings with 10, and couldn’t create a late twist as Leam saw out the 2-0 win.
Gateshead: Janusz, Wilson, MacLeod, Jones (Benjamin, 56′), Plunkett (Gardiner, 68′), Bradley, Pinheiro, Willoughby, Magalhaes, Franklin (c) (Statton, 83′), Lowden
Substitutes: Giblin, Day
Leam Rangers: Bolton, Watson, Hunter, Thomson, Aitken, Kirtley (Bell, 66′), Byron (c), Taylor (Vasey, 80′), Halliday, Innes, Hirst (Gibson, 75′)
Substitutes: Riley, McCallum
Goals: Hirst (49′), Taylor (65′)