Gateshead travel to Oldham Athletic in the Isuzu FA Trophy fourth round on Saturday, December 14 (3pm).
The Heed come into the tie on the back of a four-game unbeaten run, starting with the third round demolition of Gloucester City before a win over York City and two draws against York City and Barnet in the National League.
Danny Elliott’s form has been a catalyst for Gateshead’s recent upturn in fortunes, with the on-loan forward netting five goals in six games since his arrival from Boreham Wood.
David Unsworth’s Oldham are themselves going through a purple patch of form that they will hope becomes permanent following a tough start to life in the fifth tier.
The Latics currently sit 20th – one place and two points above Gateshead – in the National League, and have lost once from their last five games in all competitions.
A 5-1 win away at Dorking boosted their standing in the league table last time out, though it took a penalty shootout to knock out National League North side Peterborough Sports in the last round of the FA Trophy.
Joe Nuttall has found the net twice for Oldham since recently joining from relegation rivals Scunthorpe United, while former AFC Fylde midfielder Ben Tollitt has proved a standout performer this season with seven league goals.
Should the game be drawn after 90 minutes, the tie will progress straight to penalties with no extra time to be played.
“They’re a big club,” said player-manager, Mike Williamson.
“They’ve got a big squad and they’ve got some momentum and confidence now.
“I fully expect them to continue that in moving up the league, we’ve got them numerous times in the league and the cup now so it’ll be a really good test for us.”
“Saturday is another chance to gain some momentum and I think that’s more important,” said Oldham manager, David Unsworth.
“Our league form, our league position, is the highest priority but I just think performance and winning games go hand in hand.”
Aaron Martin and Lirak Hasani both returned to training this week and are available for selection.
Visiting supporters will be seated in the Family Stand, with admission priced at:
Concessions (O65/U21): £5
Tickets can be purchased online here, in person from the Oldham Athletic ticket office, or by phone on 0161 785 5150.
Supporters are advised that admission at the turnstile on match day is by cash payment only. Supporters who wish to pay by card on the day of the game must visit the ticket office at Boundary Park.
Gateshead secured progression to the Isuzu FA Trophy fifth round with a 3-1 win over Oldham Athletic.
The Heed’s first visit to Boundary Park since 1960 saw three goals secure their spot in the next stage of the competition with Kamil Conteh, Robbie Tinkler and Greg Olley finding the net.
Mike Williamson made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 at Barnet, handing Lewis Knight and Quevin Castro their first starts in Gateshead colours in place of Adam Campbell and Dan Ward.
It was Williamson’s men who started more brightly and controlled possession early on, though patience was required with chances at a premium in the opening 15 minutes.
Conteh then gave the game the spark it needed by putting Gateshead in front, receiving the ball from Olley before driving into space and lashing into the far corner for his third goal of the season.
The Heed controlled possession from then on, though without creating any further clear opportunities in the opening 45, and it would be Oldham who struck next with their first chance of the game when Peter Clarke tapped into an empty net at the back post after a cross was floated into the box.
Williamson was forced into his first change three minutes into the second half when Ethan Pye was withdrawn through injury and replaced by Carl Magnay, with all still to play for.
A brief hailstone storm added to an already heavy playing surface in the second half, with both sets of players battling the conditions as much as each other with attacks breaking down in the final third.
Olley drew Magnus Norman’s first save of the half with 79 minutes on the clock when his effort was parried towards the corner flag, and seven minutes later the Oldham goalkeeper would be picking the ball out of his net for a second time.
Castro and substitute Adam Campbell linked up on the right flank before the latter drove across the box and went for goal, with his shot taking a fortuitous nick off Tinkler and into the far corner to put Gateshead in front.
Clarke was shown a second yellow card and dismissed for his reaction to the assistant referee immediately afterwards, and three minutes later Olley added a third as he nutmegged Nathan Sheron before placing into the far corner with the outside of his boot.
Gateshead: Montgomery, Tinkler, Richardson, Storey, Pye (Magnay, 48’), Bailey, Conteh, Olley (c), Knight (Campbell, 61’), Elliott, Castro (Ward, 90’).
Substitutes: Elliot, Forbes, Martin, Harris.
Goals: Conteh (13’), Tinkler (86’), Olley (89’)
Oldham Athletic: Norman, Hogan, Sheron, Fondop (Reid, 73’), Kitching, Peck (Abraham, 45’), Couto (Tollitt, 60’), Chapman, P. Clarke, Yarney, Nuttall.
Substitutes: Southerington, Gardner, Burgess, Rooney.
Goals: P. Clarke (35’)
Red Card: P. Clarke (87’)
Attendance: 2,228 (100 Gateshead)