Gateshead visit neighbours Hebburn Town on Tuesday evening in the fifth fixture of pre-season (7pm kick off).
Mike Williamson’s side earned their first win of pre-season in style last Saturday with a 4-0 win at Vanarama National League North side Spennymoor Town.
Goals from Louis Storey, Paul Blackett and Connor Pani put The Moors to the sword on a sun-drenched afternoon at The Brewery Field, with The Heed fielding a first team oriented line up for the first time.
Hebburn are unbeaten in their four pre-season friendlies so far, defeating West Auckland Town, Sunderland U23s and Jarrow before drawing with Basford United.
The Hornets are under new management for the 22/23 season with former Shildon boss Daniel Moore taking charge at The Green Energy Sports Ground.
Former Gateshead men Liam Henderson, Tom Devitt and Wayne Phillips could appear in yellow and black, while Louis Storey will return to the side he captained to an FA Vase win at Wembley in 2021.
“We’ve just got to be careful,” said Williamson following Saturday’s win at Spennymoor.
“Going into the first game of the season is when you want to hit the levels and have a fully fit squad.
“We’re not going to be able to do that at the minute, but we want to make sure we’re as close as we can be.”
“They’re full-time and will have a proper programme to follow – they were outstanding last year,” Hebburn manager Daniel Moore told the club’s official website.
“I watched them a few times and they’re a proper footballing team, so it’ll be a big test for the lads.
“A few young lads will get a runout and it’ll be a good experience for them – I think Gateshead will be a breath of fresh air in the National League with their style of football, so it’ll be good to pit ourselves against that.”
Admission at The Green Energy Sports Ground is priced at:
Adult – £5
Concession – £3
U16 – £1
The South Drive turnstile (next to the car park) will be accepting card payments as well as cash.
Gateshead were handed a narrow 1-0 defeat by neighbours Hebburn Town in the fifth game of pre-season.
Amar Purewal’s lob over James Montgomery in seven minutes into the second half sealed the win for a resolute Hebburn side in a game that saw The Heed switch their 11 up at half time.
Mike Williamson returned to the side for the first time since the defeat at Newcastle United earlier in July, and his side were the ones who seemed more likely to take the lead in the first 45.
The player-manager headed Greg Olley’s corner wide at the back post himself five minutes in, and five minutes Paul Blackett was denied from close range by an inch-perfect challenge from Jack Donaghy at the near post.
Purewal saw the only chance at the other end pass by when he fired wide of Montgomery’s goal following Robbie Spence’s knock down, while at the other end Blackett sent a low shot just wide of the far post from a tight angle.
Willamson made six changes at the break with a mix of youth and established first team names introduced, and Hebburn goalkeeper Shaun Newbrook had to be alert to acrobatically tip over his crossbar within moments of the restart.
The hosts would strike what ultimately be the deciding goal seven minutes into the half however, with Purewal racing onto a through ball and lifting over Montgomery to put Hebburn ahead.
Dan Ward called Newbrook into action from close range later on in the half, but a resolute home side stood firm to snuff out any danger and secure a pre-season win at the end of a relatively quite 90 minutes.
Gateshead: Montgomery, Wombwell, Williamson (Storey, 46’), Magnay (Errington, 46’), Richardson (Day, 77’), Pani, Trialist, Olley (Leech, 46’), Trialist (Bailey, 46’), Blackett (Ward, 46’), Campbell (Thomas, 46’)
Substitutes: Langley, Magalhaes.
Hebburn Town Goals: Purewal (52’)