Gateshead host Oldham Athletic in front of the TNT Sports cameras for the first time since April 2017 on Saturday, September 2 (5:30pm kick off).
The Heed’s first televised fixture of the season sees them face a Latics side hotly tipped for promotion in pre-season, though early struggles see them sitting 20th in the league table prior to the weekend.
Gateshead currently occupy 11th spot following a goalless draw at FC Halifax Town on Bank Holiday Monday, which saw six changes to the starting 11 named by Mike Williamson.
His side were defeated by Woking last time out on home soil, but have scored seven goals and taken four points from the three home fixtures so far.
Oldham have struggled in front of goal on the road up to now, netting just once across their three away fixtures against Southend United, Chesterfield and Boreham Wood.
David Unsworth’s side are looking to break a four-game winless run this weekend, while a win for Gateshead could propel them into the upper end of the league table.
Marcus Dinanga sits on four goals for the season so far, while James Norwood is Oldham’s top scorer with three to his name.
“I’ve got some decisions to make, I wanted to freshen it up last week and they’ve given me some headaches,” said Mike Williamson.
“We can safely say we’ll ignore the form book going into this, they’re a league club, they have a league manager and league players.
“The cameras being there throws the form book out of the window anyway, and it’s going to be a really hard-fought and competitive game.”
“We’re obviously not where any of us want to be, but we will be, and we’ve all got to stick together. There’s no other option,” Unsworth told the Oldham Times.
“It’s a long, long road and we’ve got too many good players. We’ll get there.
“We’ll get back to work, we’ll recover, and I’m looking forward to the game against Gateshead.”
Callum Whelan, Carl Magnay and Connor Pani are unavailable through injury, while Luke Hannant will serve his one-match suspension on Saturday.
Saturday’s game will be broadcast live from Gateshead International Stadium on TNT Sports 1, with the show starting from 5pm.
Commentary is available live on YouTube via the Heed Army Podcast’s David Gaddess and Mark Carruthers.
Tickets can be purchased online or on the gate at Gateshead International Stadium, with admission priced at:
Concession (65+, Blue Light, Armed Services or Veteran): £15
Young Adult (17-21): £10
Youth (15-16): £5
14 & Under: Free (must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Turnstiles will open to all supporters at 4pm.
Segregation will be in place, with Oldham Athletic supporters seated in the South Stand, accessible via the ramp to the right of the main stadium entrance.
Tickets purchased online are not posted to supporters and must be either printed at home or shown via smartphone upon entry.
Gateshead’s night in front of the TNT Sports cameras certainly didn’t disappoint as Oldham played out a 2-2 draw with the Heed at the Gateshead International Stadium on Saturday.
Brennan Dickenson capitalised on an Archie Mair mistake to give the Latics the lead in the 28th minute, before substitute Jordan Hunter immediately impressed with his equaliser in the 58th minute.
Former Heed man Liam Hogan restored Oldham’s lead in the 65th minute before Gateshead managed to equalise in the 86th minute thanks to Stephen Wearne.
The visitors were down to 10 men for the final minutes as Mark Shelton was sent off for a second bookable offence.
MIke Williamson made four changes from the goalless draw against FC Halifax Town on Monday.
Kenton Richardson slotted into the back three while Connor McBride started up top alongside Marcus Dinanga, and Regan Booty replaced the suspended Luke Hannant in midfield.
Gateshead’s trademark aggressive press could be seen for all to see, which led to soft chances for Dinanga and Greg Olley in the opening minutes.
Ed Francis pinged the ball up the left-hand flank, which gave Wearne on the wing the chance to square it to Dinanga who was unlucky not to score an easy tap-in.
Francis then came close from a short corner, having worked his way near the box which forced Mathew Hudson into making a convincing save.
Mair will be disappointed to have conceded Oldham’s opener – Devarn Green’s cross from the far-side met Dickenson, whose strike evaded the Heed keeper, who was unlucky not to have got a hand to it.
Wearne and Dinanga combined and came close to scoring about 10 minutes later but Hudson was there to prevent an equaliser before the break.
A scrappy spell around the 55th minute mark saw bookings for the Latics’ James Norwood, Hogan and Dickenson, while Dinanga was given a yellow card for the Heed.
Gateshead grabbed their leveller when Dinanga’s short pass found Hunter, having been substituted on just a few minutes before, who made no mistake from close range.
It was a short-lived respite, however, as Oldham took the lead soon after thanks to Hogan.
A disorganised corner routine and a few half-chances thereafter landed the ball into Hogan’s feet, and with lots of affordable space he made the most of it.
Wearne later threaded a ball on the right-hand side through to Dinanga who was camped in the box, but the talisman was unable to get a head to it.
Gateshead grabbed a fully deserved equaliser late on when Aiden Rutledge, Billy Chadwick and Wearne combined, which managed to catastrophically expose Oldham’s back line.
The Latics’ third red card of the season was given moments later when Shelton saw red following a challenge involving Chadwick (a second yellow card) but Gateshead couldn’t grab a winner despite the one-man advantage.
Gateshead: Mair, Tinkler, Richardson, Grayson, Allan (Hunter, 56′), Wearne, Booty (Rutledge, 80′), Francis, Olley, McBride (Chadwick, 67′), Dinanga..
Subs: Storey, Elliot.
Yellow Cards: Dinanga (55′), Hunter (90+5′)
Oldham Athletic: Hudson, Kitching, Hogan, Hobson, Shelton, Sheron, Green (Nuttall, 81′), Gardner (Willoughby, 63′), Sutton, Dickenson, Norwood (Reid, 75′).
Subs: Raglan, Freeman.
Yellow Cards: Shelton (16′), Hogan (54′), Dickenson (55′), Norwood (57′), Sheron (78′).
Red Card: Shelton (89′)
Attendance: 1,312 (431 Oldham)