Gateshead host Spennymoor Town on Saturday (3pm kick off) in search of a third consecutive win in the Vanarama National League North.
The Heed remain top of the league table heading into this weekend’s round of fixtures, pipping Brackley Town to top spot via a better goal difference.
Kidderminster Harriers’ win in midweek takes them to within four points of the top two, albeit with one game in hand still to be played.
Mike Williamson’s side come into tomorrow’s game on the back of a successful week having seen off Blyth Spartans and Alfreton Town without conceding, while scoring seven.
Spennymoor, meanwhile, exited the Buildbase FA Trophy with a 2-0 defeat at National League side Dagenham & Redbridge last time out.
The Moors currently sit 15th in the league table and are hoping to spark a turnaround in fortunes having won twice from their last 15 league games.
Saturday’s game could see three of the league’s four joint-top scorers on the same pitch with Cedwyn Scott and Macaulay Langstaff lining up against Glen Taylor, with all three on 16 goals.
“It’s always a competitive encounter with Spennymoor,” said defender & first team coach, Louis Storey.
“With what happened in the last game, they’ll have the bit between their teeth in trying to get one back on us.
“The nature of their side, they’re strong, physical, experienced and they’ve got some really good players.
“They’ll come with a confidence which we’ve ultimately got to match and impose our game on them, being at home as well.”
“It’s a brilliant opportunity for us to see how far we’ve come in a short space of time,” joint-manager Anthony Johnson told the club’s official website.
“It’s a chance to see how much we’ve improved since the last time we played Gateshead.
“They’re a very well coached side, a younger group who play with real freedom and confidence. However, we want to get the play-offs, so we’ve got to go to places like Gateshead with the confidence knowing how to beat them, which will be implemented into training sessions being held this week.
There are no new injuries to report following Saturday’s 4-0 win at Alfreton Town.
Dan Ward and Elliot Forbes are working towards a return to full training and remain a couple of weeks away.
Last Time We Met
Adam Campbell and Paul Blackett were on the scoresheet as Gateshead secured a 2-1 win over 10-man Spennymoor in November 2021.
Joe Tait’s red card moments before the half time whistle handed The Heed a boost following Campbell’s opener, though Scott McLean equalised in the second half.
Dan Ward capitalised on Chris Mason’s mistake at the back to lay off Blackett, who slotted home with 10 minutes to go.
Segregation will be in place for Saturday’s fixture with home supporters situated in the Tyne & Wear Stand, while away supporters will be located in the East Stand.
Tickets can be purchased either on the gate or online for Saturday’s fixture. Tickets purchased online will not be posted out, and should either be printed at home or shown on your smartphone upon entry.
Admission for Saturday’s game is priced at:
Adult – £15
Concession – £10
Under-16 – £5
Carer – Free
Gateshead earned their third consecutive win and remained top of the National League North with a 2-1 victory over Spennymoor Town.
Glen Taylor opened the scoring from the penalty spot after 15 minutes before Macaulay Langstaff’s 17th of the season brought things level.
Adam Campbell’s sublime second half strike wrapped up a third consecutive win for Gateshead, keeping them top of the league table.
Mike Williamson named an unchanged starting 11 following two wins over Blyth Spartans and Alfreton Town last week, while Jack Hunter returned to the substitutes bench.
Gateshead set the tone early on as Danny Greenfield fire low and wide of goal within the first minute of the game, while Jordan Amissah had to be alert to rush off his line to thwart Langstaff not long afterwards.
Despite The Heed’s promising start, Spennymoor grabbed the first goal from the penalty spot after Jordan Thewlis was brought down by Filip Marschall, before top scorer Taylor converted from 12 yards.
Former Gateshead defender James Curtis found himself free at the back post with 21 minutes gone, but couldn’t adjust his feet in time as he sent over the bar for The Moors.
Marschall was called upon to make his first save of the afternoon as Taylor hunted for a second 24 minutes in, but the Aston Villa loanee was down quickly to parry his 20-yard effort.
With just under half an hour on the clock however Gateshead were back level, as Langstaff placed Campbell’s pass across the box into the near corner to draw his side level and himself level in the top scorers chart with Taylor.
The second half began with the visitors driving forward as they looked to re-take the lead, though Marschall again was equal to their efforts as he got down to his left to parry Jamie Chandler’s 25-yarder wide.
The deciding moment came with 55 minutes gone, when Campbell shifted onto his left foot from 20 yards and curled into the far corner to leave Amissah with no chance, sending the Heed Army into raptures.
Spennymoor had hit the crossbar through Joe Tait only moments earlier, and would become even more frustrated as chances passed them by from that point onwards.
Taylor was first to try his luck as he sent over the crossbar from 15 yards, before Jude Oyibo spurned two clear cut opportunities thanks to Marschall’s initial save and a rebound which he sent over the crossbar.
Langstaff and Taylor both sent efforts wide of the mark at opposite ends as they attempted to add to their tallies, but it was Gateshead who ended the afternoon on top with a welcome three points.
Gateshead XI: Marschall, Tinkler, Storey, Nicholson, Jacob, Bailey, Olley (c), Greenfield (Charters, 82’), Campbell, Scott (Pani, 90+3’), Langstaff.
Substitutes: Hunter, Magnay.
Goals: Langstaff (29’), Campbell (55’)
Yellow Cards: Scott (51’), Storey (81’)
Spennymoor Town XI: Amissah, Pye, Chandler (Mulhern, 89’), Tait, Curtis (c), Moke, Taylor, Ramshaw, Hall (Oyibo, 67’), Richardson, Thewlis (Ofosu, 67’).
Substitutes: Anderson, Spokes.
Goals: Taylor (16’, pen)