Gateshead host Guiseley at Gateshead International Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday.
The Heed were held to a draw at Chester on Saturday, leaving Mike Williamson’s side in ninth place in the Vanarama National League North table.
Guiseley, meanwhile, handed Gloucester City their first defeat of the season by a 2-1 scoreline at Nethermoor Park this weekend to take them to 10th after a winless opening two fixtures.
“Guiseley have had a good result [against Gloucester],” said Williamson after Saturday’s draw at Chester.
“I’ve said to the boys under no circumstances should anyone drop their heads, because our performance was brilliant and i was extremely pleased.
“We’re going to have games where we miss chances, but everything else from back to front was brilliant.”
“The goal rocked us, we always aim to start aggressively and to get done in the manner we did put us on the back foot,” Guiseley joint-manager Russ O’Neill told the club’s official website following Saturday’s win over Gloucester.
“Fair play to the group and I think in the first half we had most of the chances.
“In the second half we came out, re-grouped and got a goal out of nowhere after a stale first five minutes but I don’t think we looked back afterwards.
“It’s a long trip [to Gateshead] and we’ll wrap the players in cotton wool for a day or so and then roll them out again on Monday.”
Luke Williamson is unavailable for Monday’s game due to suspension, while Jack Hunter and Danny Greenfield miss out due to injury.
Tickets are available to purchase online here via Seatedly or on the turnstiles from 1:30pm on Monday, and are priced as follows:
£10 Concessions (Over 65’s, Students, Under 18’s, Armed Forces & Emergency Services)
Gateshead made it two wins from two at the International Stadium this season with a 2-1 win over Guiseley.
Macaulay Langstaff’s early double put Gateshead in the driving seat early on and they continued to dominate in the opening 45.
Brad Nicholson pulled a goal back for Guiseley late on but it had no effect on the final result as The Heed secured their second home win from as many games.
Mike Williamson made a three changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Chester on Saturday, replacing himself, Paul Blackett and Dan Ward with Ryan Wombwell, Alex Nicholson and Cedwyn Scott as the hosts switched to a back three.
The change paid dividends after only nine minutes as Langstaff drove down the right wing before lashing into the roof of the net, well out of reach of Guiseley goalkeeper Jordan Amissah.
The forward got his second of the afternoon, and third of the season, four minutes later when he cut in from the left and curled an inch-perfect strike around Amissah and into the far corner.
With only 17 minutes on the clock, Langstaff almost netted his hat-trick, sending a low shot into the side netting at the near post to draw premature cheers from the home crowd who for a moment thought The Heed had a third.
Matty Jacob caused problems for Guiseley throughout the first half at wing-back and hit the side netting himself, before Adam Campbell’s touch just evaded him from Jacob’s cross at the back post with the goal at his mercy.
Ryan Wombwell, making his competitive Gateshead debut, almost grabbed an assist for what would have been Langstaff’s hat trick when he darted down the right before sending a low ball that the forward missed by inches.
Langstaff was lively again as the second half kicked off and forced Amissah into action twice as he went in search of his hat trick.
Jacob then almost opened his Gateshead account in some style as the pressure mounted with a 25-yarder that Amissah did well to tip over his crossbar.
Brad Nicholson called Jacob Chapman into action for the first time during the afternoon just before the hour mark, but the Australian was comfortable with his effort from the edge of the box.
Campbell could have put the game to bed with 15 minutes left, drifting to the back post to get on the end of Jacob’s cross but could only send wide.
Guiseley halved the deficit with nine minutes remaining when Bailey Thompson tapped home Nicholson’s cross at the back post to set up a tense finale.
The visitors piled men forward in the closing stages in search of an equaliser but Gateshead stood firm to earn their second home win of the season.
Gateshead XI: Chapman, Wombwell, Tinkler, Storey, Nicholson, Jacob, Bailey, Olley, Campbell (Ward, 80’), Scott (Blackett, 67’), Langstaff.
Substitutes: Guthrie, Williamson, Pani.
Goals: Langstaff (9’, 13’)
Yellow Cards: Campbell (49’)
Guiseley Goals: Thompson (81’)