Gateshead return to Gateshead International Stadium searching for a third consecutive win with Woking the visitors on Saturday, August 26 (3pm kick off).
The Heed have scored eight goals across their last two wins against Ebbsfleet United and Dagenham & Redbridge, and have netted the joint-highest amount (11) in the league so far.
Marcus Dinanga and Stephen Wearne are tied for the joint-second most goals in the division with three each to their name, ahead of a Bank Holiday weekend which takes Gateshead to FC Halifax Town on Monday afternoon.
Woking, meanwhile, are in the midst of an inconsistent start to the season from a results standpoint, winning one of their opening four games.
Darren Sarll took an injury-hit side without key men such as Reece Grego-Cox and Jim Kellerman to Barnet last weekend, where The Cards fell to a 2-0 defeat.
Kellerman is expected to be available for selection at Gateshead International Stadium today, and Sarll has also recruited centre-back Zak Bradshaw – who appeared on trial for Gateshead in pre-season – ahead of the trip North.
“No complaints in saying we were comfortably beaten at home by them [last season], it was probably the most convincing that I’ve seen us,” said Mike Williamson.
“We’ve got to make sure that we stand up to all of their physicality, they’re really intense, they’re a really honest, hard-working group of lads with a lot of quality.”
“Like all of the teams now, they’re really well-coached,” said Woking boss, Darren Sarll.
“It’s a team that’s possession-based, and the way they move and interchange is very good.
“It’ll be a tough one for us, physically it will be a really tough game.”
Callum Whelan and Connor Pani are both unavailable due to injury, while new signing Joe Grayson is eligible to make his debut.
Supporters outside the UK can watch Saturday’s game live from Gateshead International Stadium via www.nationalleaguetv.com, with match day passes priced at £9.50.
Fans will have the ability to switch between any National League match streamed on any given match day.
Full match commentary will be provided by the Heed Army Podcast’s David Gaddess and Mark Carruthers, with build-up beginning from 2:45pm.
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 1:45pm.
Segregation will be in place, with Woking supporters seated in the Tyne & Wear Stand (North).
Tickets purchased online are not posted to supporters and must be either printed at home or shown via smartphone upon entry.
Fine margins saw Gateshead defeated 3-1 by Woking in the fifth game of the season at Gateshead International Stadium.
Marcus Dinanga got his fourth goal of the season in the 22nd minute when his powerful near-post shot found the back of the net.
Gateshead’s well-worked opening goal was cancelled out in the 49th minute when Jim Kellmann smashed the ball into the Heed net.
The visitors doubled their advantage when Ricky Korboa’s cross was headed home by Padraig Amond in the 61st minute.
Woking put the game to bed in the 89th minute when debutant Zak Bradshaw fired home with a well-taken finish.
Mike Williamson made just the one change to the team that played against Ebbsfleet United. Gateshead captain Greg Olley was named in his first start of the season after recovering from injury, while Robbie Tinkler dropped to the Heed bench.
The first chance of the match fell to Stephen Wearne in the fourth minute. Regan Booty played a through-ball down the left flank which Wearne controlled before he made a diagonal run into the box but his eventual shot was curled wide.
Ed Francis made a vital block in the 11th minute but the rebound bounced in the path of Bradshaw who fired his volley well over the bar.
Olley used his vision to play a spitting pass to Wearne who then threaded through a ball between the Woking defence to Dinanga who converted with a shot directed at the near-post
The final clear-cut chance of the first-half nearly gave Dinanga his second of the match. Jordan Hunter floated a cross towards the near-post which the Heed striker flicked over the bar.
Kenton Richardson was dispossessed after being pressed by multiple Woking players which allowed Kellermann to run through on goal and score.
Substitute Korboa whipped a world-class ball into the centre of the six-yard which Amond flicked into the back of the net with his headed attempt.
After a long ball over the top, Bradshaw controlled the pass before he slotted away the chance with authority.
Gateshead: Mair, Storey, Richardson, Hunter, Hannant,(Allan) Booty, Francis, Olley, (Rutledge) Wearne, McBride, (Chadwick), Dinanga
Subs: Tinkler, Grayson
Goals: Dinanga (22’)
Woking: Jaaskelainen, Moss, Casey, Cuthbert, Taylor, Amond, Robinson, Browne (Korboa 18’), Akinola, Kellermann, Bradshaw (Boateng)
Subs: Day, Wilkinson, Habergham
Goals: Kellermann (49’), Amond (61’), Bradshaw (89’)
Attendance: 1,186 (88 away)