Gateshead return to Vanarama National League action with Woking set to visit Gateshead International Stadium on Saturday, October 22.
The Heed secured Emirates FA Cup progression on Tuesday evening, with a 2-1 win over Altrincham setting up a first round tie with League Two side Stevenage on Saturday, November 5.
Mike Williamson’s side have now lost only once from the last seven fixtures in all competitions, and next face a Woking side who have solidified themselves as early play-off contenders.
Darren Sarll’s men currently sit two points outside of the National League play-off places, with one game in hand on seventh-placed York City.
The Cards were defeated 3-2 on home soil by league leaders Notts County last time out, and played out a 1-1 draw at Southend United in their most recent away fixture.
Woking have also bolstered their attacking output with the signing of Rhys Browne ahead of Saturday’s game, who has already netted seven times for Wealdstone this season.
James Daley and Reece Grego-Cox have scored six league goals for Woking so far, while Adam Campbell and Paul Blackett remain Gateshead’s league top scorers with four each.
“It’s a really exciting game for us,” said assistant manager, Ian Watson.
“Woking are doing really well and they’ve got goals in the team – they had the result against Halifax when they scored four away from home.
“I’ve said a million times that we want to test ourselves against the best teams and I genuinely feel Woking are one of them.”
“There’s an expectation in the North East that the football will be very offensive, very entertaining and Mike [Williamson] has certainly done that with his Gateshead team,” said Woking manager, Darren Sarll.
“I know I say it most weeks but these are all good teams now. Most of them are full time and they dedicate their lives to winning football matches.
“We have to be at our best in all games, we can’t be at 75%, so if that’s our mindset going down the tunnel tomorrow then we give ourselves a very good chance.”
Last Time Out
Gateshead played out a 1-1 draw with Woking at Gateshead International Stadium in January 2018.
Reece Grego-Cox opened the scoring six minutes into the second half to put the visitors in front, before Ben Fox levelled on his home debut with a 20-yard volley to share the points.
Lewis Knight re-joined the first team squad during training this week as he continues his rehabilitation process.
Dan Ward is able to be involved despite being taken off at half time on Tuesday, though Ethan Pye and Robbie Tinkler will not be involved due to injury.
Commentary will be provided by David Gaddess of the Heed Army Podcast and Newcastle United Women defender Charlotte Potts on Saturday, with coverage from Gateshead International Stadium beginning from 2:45pm.
Tickets can be purchased online or on the gate at Gateshead International Stadium, with admission priced at:
Adult – £18
Concessions (65+, Blue Light, Armed Services or Veteran) – £12
Young Adult, 17-21 – £8
Youth, 15-16 – £5
Under 14 – Free (must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Segregation will be in place, with Woking supporters seated in the East Stand. Away supporters can purchase tickets for a £1 reduction in the uncovered East Stand either on the gate or online here.
Away fans are to enter via the gate to the right of the main reception, heading behind the South Stand and towards the East Stand access gate.
Tickets purchased online are not posted to supporters and must be either printed at home or shown via smartphone upon entry.
Turnstiles will open to supporters at 1:45pm on Saturday.
Gateshead were defeated 3-1 by Woking in the 14th game of the National League season.
Dan Ward’s well taken goal in the 80th minute wasn’t enough to spark a comeback as goals from Grego-Cox, Anderson and Wilkinson secured Woking’s win.
The first chance of the match fell to Gateshead in second minute, Lirak Hasani’s ball over the top finds Greg Olley who manages to pick out Dan Jarvis with a squared ball whose shot goes just wide of the post.
The visitors came close to scoring in the 16th minute, Josh Casey’s free kick was headed away by Carl Magnay which Padraig Almond hit on the volley over the bar.
Woking took the lead six minutes later, James Daly’s whipped cross found Amond whose shot was blocked but Reece Grego-Cox followed in on the loose ball to give the visitors the lead.
Casey whipped in another dangerous cross in the 27th minute, which Grego-Cox chested up before Rohan Ince volleyed wide.
The Heed conceded a penalty in the 28th minute, Amond and Dan Langley both contested for a loose ball which saw Langley bring down Amond in the box.
Grego-Cox stepped up to take the penalty, but Langley managed to get down well to save the shot before Jermaine Anderson tapped-in the rebound to double Woking’s advantage.
Dan Ward had a chance to reduce the two-goal deficit in the 40th minute, Owen Gallacher powered forward with the ball before he played a through-ball Dan Ward whose shot was blocked.
The first chance of the second half resulted in Woking getting their third, Josh Casey’s corner was palmed away by Langley which fell to Luke Wilkinson who slotted the ball into the near post.
In the 63rd minute, Luke Wilkinson sent a cross to the back post which Scott Cuthbert headed over the bar.
In the 75th minute, Adam Campbell made a diagonal run with the ball before his curled effort from 25-yard hit the post.
Woking had a great chance to get their fourth if it wasn’t for a great save by Dan Langley.
Dan Ward managed to pull one back for Gateshead in the 79th minute, Greg Olley caught Woking defence out with a well-hidden pass to Dan Ward who showed his composure to put the ball between Craig Ross’ legs.
Gateshead: Langley, Hasani, Magnay, Mills, Daley (Martin, 71′), Conteh, Bailey (Ward, 21′), Campbell, Olley, Jarvis (Blackett, 62′), Gallacher
Subs: Montgomery, Yussuf.
Yellow Cards: Conteh (34′), Daley (46′), Mills (51′), Olley (90′)
Goals: Ward (79’)
Woking: Ross, Moss, Wilkinson, Cuthbert, Casey, Lofthouse, Ince (Kellerman, 60′), Anderson, Daly (Vokins, 68′), Grego-Cox (Browne, 46′), Amond.
Subs: Korboa, McNerney.
Goals: Grego-Cox (29’), Anderson (29’), Wilkinson (48’)
Attendance: 1,308 (124 away)