Gateshead host Gloucester City at Gateshead International Stadium on Saturday afternoon looking to maintain their perfect home record this season.
The Heed have played three and won three on home soil since the season began, earning league victories over Kettering Town and Guiseley before an emphatic 6-2 Emirates FA Cup win over Bradford (Park Avenue) last weekend.
Mike Williamson’s side currently sit sixth in the Vanarama National League North table but could move as high as third should results go their way.
Gloucester have endured a rough start to the campaign so far, losing their last four league games before breaking the run against Longlevens in the Emirates FA Cup last Saturday.
Paul Groves’ men have conceded the highest number of goals in the division (17), thanks in part to their 9-0 defeat against Chorley at the beginning of September.
Gloucester forward Matt McClure was the league’s top scorer last season with 12 goals to his name, and has scored twice so far this season.
“It’s going to be a bit of an unknown quantity,” said player-manager Mike Williamson.
“They’ve had a slow start to the season in terms of points but they have players who can be effective and cut through teams, so we’ve got to make sure we’re focused on our transitional and defensive play.
“For me 95% of it is how we turn up and the levels that we hit, which is what we’ll focus on.”
Louis Storey is fit to play following his early substitution last weekend, while Jack Hunter and Elliot Forbes are continuing their rehabilitation process.
Danny Greenfield and Luke Williams remain on the long-term injury absentee list.
Last Time We Met
Gloucester last came to Tyneside in November 2020 looking to extend their unbeaten run and strengthen their position at the top of the league table.
Gateshead XI: Male, Nicholson, Smith, Cooper, Griffiths, Cook (Langstaff), Olley, Hunter, Greenfield, Preston, Garner.
Unused subs: Cameron, O’Donnell, Aplin, Deverdics.
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Gateshead earned their fourth consecutive win at home against Gloucester City on Saturday afternoon.
Robbie Tinkler’s 25-yard screamer sent The Heed into the break a goal ahead after an opening 45 minutes which saw most of the chances come their way.
Adam Campbell’s first of the season doubled the lead five minutes after the restart before Cedwyn Scott sealed it with half-an-hour left.
Mike Williamson named an unchanged side from last weekend’s 6-2 Emirates FA Cup win over Bradford (Park Avenue) as Gateshead looked to keep the momentum going from three straight home wins.
Gloucester started things off positively and looked to hit the hosts early on but were limited to the edge of the area by those in black and white.
Gateshead were in control for the majority of the opening 45 however and looked to test goalkeeper Jake Cole, who was well protected by a crowd of Gloucester defenders on numerous occasions.
Red shirts threw themselves in front of an effort from Dan Ward as he got on the end of Macaulay Langstaff’s pull-back, while Owen Bailey sent a header over the crossbar.
Midway through the first half, however, the deadlock was broken through the goal of the season so far from Tinkler.
Olley’s wide free-kick was headed out the defender by the visitors and there was only one thing on his mind as he watched the ball drop before lashing into the bottom corner from 25 yards out.
Jacob Chapman was called into action to keep his side in front in Gloucester’s golden chance of the half and he was up to the task, pulling off a double save at his front and back post to preserve the advantage.
Bailey and Cedwyn Scott both saw shots deflect wide as the half wore on with Gateshead playing slick attacking football, while Olley sent a corner into the six-yard box that Cole was forced to tip onto his own crossbar.
Five minutes after the restart, Campbell made it two.
Langstaff’s drive down the right created a chance for Scott, who couldn’t quite get an effort away under pressure, but Campbell was on hand to slam the loose ball home and get off the mark for the season.
Two became three as the clock ticked past the hour mark as Scott netted his fifth of the season by slotting past an on-rushing Cole to all but secure three points.
Ward could have made it four as he slid in to meet substitute Paul Blackett’s cross at the back post, only to just miss out on the perfect connection.
Blackett himself had a penalty shout with seven minutes left on the clock as he was clipped in the box only for the referee to wave away his protests.
Gateshead XI: Chapman, Tinkler, Storey, Nicholson, Jacob, Bailey, Ward (Pani, 76’), Olley, Campbell (Blackett, 71’), Scott, Langstaff.
Substitutes: Guthrie, Wombwell, Williamson.
Goals: Tinkler (24’), Campbell (50’), Scott (61’)