Gateshead travel to West Yorkshire on Good Friday to face relegation-threatened Guiseley at Nethermoor Park (3pm kick off).
The Heed returned to winning ways with a 4-3 victory over Chester on home turf last weekend to remain within one point of league leaders Brackley Town.
Guiseley were defeated 4-1 by Gloucester City and remain bottom of the Vanarama National League North, though Steve Kittrick’s arrival as manager shortly afterwards ended a six-game winless run.
Former Gateshead loanee Dom Tear and James Gale netted to secure a 2-0 win at Kettering Town on Tuesday night, taking The Lions within two points of Blyth Spartans.
Gale and Tear are Guiseley’s joint-top scorers with four goals in the league alongside Scott McLean, who scored against The Heed for Spennymoor Town earlier this season.
“They’re an unknown quantity now,” said player-manager, Mike Williamson.
“Their style has completely changed, they look compact, disciplined and have a very good front three who cause problems.
“We know what we’re about, we’re prepared, focused and have to make sure we’re the best version of ourselves.”
“We’ll enjoy tonight, a long trip home with a smile on our face,” Kittrick told Guiseley AFC’s official website following Tuesday’s win at Kettering.
“We’ll come with a different game plan on Friday, because that’s going to be a different challenge.”
Adam Campbell has trained this week after sustaining an injury in the final minutes of last Saturday’s win over Chester.
Alex Nicholson, Elliot Forbes and Paul Blackett all remain out of action.
Last Time We Met
Gateshead made it two wins from two at the International Stadium at the start of the season with a 2-1 win over Guiseley.
Macaulay Langstaff’s early double put The Heed in the driving seat early on and they continued to dominate in the opening 45.
Brad Nicholson pulled a goal back for Guiseley late on but it had no effect on the final result as the hosts secured their second home win from as many games.
Segregation is in place at Nethermoor Park, with away supporters to enter the ground via turnstiles five to eight.
Tickets can be purchased online or on the gate, with booking fees applicable when purchasing online.
Admission is priced at:
Adult – £13 (+ £1.09 online fee)
Concession – £9 (+ £0.76 online fee)
Under-18’s – £5 (+ £0.42 online fee)
Under-11’s – £1 (+ £0.08 online fee)
Gateshead returned to the Vanarama National League North’s summit with a six-goal win at Guiseley on Good Friday.
Adam Campbell’s strike was the only goal of the first half, before an explosive second 45 featuring strikes from Connor Malley, Macaulay Langstaff and Taylor Charters ensured three points returned to Tyneside.
Mike Williamson shuffled the pack, bringing Jack Hunter and Matty Jacob into the back four, while introducing Dan Ward and Connor Malley further upfield.
Gateshead started with a flourish and Campbell was on the hunt for his third goal inside two games, testing Owen Mason’s handling from 25 yards within the first two minutes.
Guiseley, in their second game under caretaker manager Steve Kittrick, looked to be direct from the off and utilised the wide areas going forward, though The Heed were equal to it early on.
John Johnston raced onto a goal kick and fired wide of Filip Marschall’s far post with fifteen minutes gone, and clear opportunities proved a rarity for both sides in the opening 45.
Mason did well to parry Langstaff’s volley inside the box just after the half-hour mark, but Campbell’s effort moments later had him beaten, albeit via a deflection, to put Gateshead in front at the break.
The Heed ran riot in a goal-laden second half, starting only four minutes after the restart as Langstaff raced onto Greg Olley’s through ball before slotting into the far corner to make it two.
The forward bagged his second, and Gateshead’s third, two minutes later in similar fashion as he placed past Mason for his 24th league goal of the season to give the visitors breathing space.
Williamson’s side dominated from there on out and could have had a fourth 57 minutes in as Robbie Tinkler set up Olley in the box, only for his shot to clear the crossbar.
Olley turned creator shortly afterwards to tee up Langstaff after some slick two-touch build up on the right only for Mason to hold his first-time effort in the centre of goal.
Cedwyn Scott came off the bench in an effort to add to his 23 league goals and sent a volley over the bar shortly after his introduction, before Malley slotted past Mason one-on-one to make it four with his first Gateshead goal.
Taylor Charters came off the bench to add his name to the scoresheet with 10 minutes to go when he side-footed Olley’s lay-off into the near post, before grabbing his second from another Olley through ball and completing the rout on 90 minutes.
The final whistle signalled a 26th league win of the season, and Gateshead’s return to the top of the National League North table with five games remaining.
Gateshead XI: Marschall, Tinkler, Hunter, Storey, Jacob, Bailey, Olley (c), Ward (Charters, 67’), Malley, Campbell (Williamson, 90’), Langstaff (Scott, 64’).
Substitutes: Ogbewe, Montgomery.
Goals: Campbell (36’), Langstaff (49’, 51’), Malley (76’), Charters (80’, 90’)
Guiseley XI: Mason, Hutchinson, Sraha, Ekpolo, Bencherif (c), Holllins, Tear, Cantrill, Stones (Haw, 68’), Johnston (Cartwright, 76’), Mbeka (Latty-Fairweather, 76’).
Guiseley Substitutes: Moloney, Latty-Fairweather, Brown, Cartwright.
Yellow Cards: Cantrill (28’), Johnston (45+1’)
Attendance: 907 (242 Gateshead)