Gateshead make the long journey to Hereford on Saturday looking to earn a second away win this week.
The Heed returned to winning ways with a 4-2 victory at Bradford (Park Avenue) on Monday evening with Adam Campbell, Cedwyn Scott and Paul Blackett all finding the net.
Monday’s win saw Gateshead return to second place in the Vanarama National League North table and five points behind league leaders Brackley Town with two games in hand.
Saturday’s game will be the first time Hereford have played at Edgar Street in over a month, and is only their second fixture in that period.
Josh Gowling’s side fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Brackley Town last time out and are in search of their first win since a 3-1 victory over Kettering Town on November 30 – though that result was their fifth consecutive three points at the time.
The Bulls currently sit 16th in a tightly packed section of the league table, which has them only five points below Curzon Ashton in eighth, and could move up to 12th with a win this weekend.
“The spirit is different [after Monday’s win], but ultimately the process is exactly the same,” said Mike Williamson.
“We prepare the best we can in every game regardless of the previous result, but we know it’s going to be a really tough game.
“The manager is a young ambitious manager, he’s going to have a game plan for us and they’ve got some very good players so we’re looking forward to the test.”
“I went and watched them against Bradford on Monday,” Hereford manager Josh Gowling told the club’s official YouTube channel.
“They’re a good side who pass the ball well – for me they look like the best side that I’ve seen this season.
“They play a good style of football, Mike Williamson is a good manager and obviously plays as well, their strikers score lots of goals – they’re a very good side.”
Danny Greenfield is set to return to the squad on Saturday following his long-term injury absence.
Academy striker Eddie Thomas will also travel with the squad after being involved at Bradford (Park Avenue) on Monday.
Connor Pani misses the weekend after picking up a minor injury on Monday night.
Last Time We Met
Elliot Forbes and Dom Tear struck as Gateshead recorded a 2-0 win over Hereford at Gateshead International Stadium in January 2020.
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Jack Hunter’s first Gateshead goal and Cedwyn Scott’s 14th of the season saw The Heed to a second away win of the week at Hereford.
Mike Williamson handed Taylor Charters his Gateshead debut after his Friday loan arrival while Cedwyn Scott slotted into the front three in place of Paul Blackett.
The Heed controlled possession for the majority of the first half with Hereford satisfied to hold their shape off the ball, leaving chances at a premium.
Hereford goalkeeper Brandon Hall collected a few loose balls inside his box from Gateshead attacks in the first 15 minutes, while Owen Bailey headed a Greg Olley free kick over the crossbar in the first attempt at goal.
Hall almost handed Scott a tap in moments later when he parried Macaulay Langstaff’s volley into the striker’s path, recovering just in time to keep the forward from pouncing.
The hosts had two chances on the half-an-hour mark as Ben Pollock headed a corner straight at Jacob Chapman before the Australian had to think quickly to tackle Miles Storey after he robbed Bailey of possession and charged through on goal.
Hall was called into action to make a low save from Scott’s 18-yard drive later on while Langstaff curled inches wide of the far post from 25 yards out as Gateshead looked to find an opener before the break.
Langstaff put the ball in the back of the net in first half injury time but his strike was swiftly chalked off for a foul on Hall, who he was judged to have fouled after he spilled Adam Campbell’s initial shot into the forward’s path.
The Heed came out for the second half the stronger of the two sides and pressed for an opener early on with Langstaff’s pull back cleared to Scott, who saw his follow up cleared away from in front of the line.
Langstaff was the creator once more moments later when he sped down the right wing and left his man in his wake before his lay off was curled wide by Charters from 20 yards.
Just over an hour in and Gateshead finally got their opener through Hunter, who collected a rebound on the edge of the box and curled into the far corner to establish control.
Eight minutes later and Scott made it two when he remained alert in the box to pick up a loose ball before firing low past Hall at the back post.
That quick double settled Williamson’s men into the game and knocked Hereford’s confidence with the hosts conceding a large majority of possession from that point onwards.
Langstaff and Bailey both sent efforts from outside of the box over the bar but it mattered not to the final result as Gateshead earned a second away win of the week.
Gateshead XI: Chapman, Tinkler, Storey, Hunter, Magnay, Bailey, Olley (c), Charters (Jacob, 71’), Scott (Blackett, 81’), Campbell, Langstaff.
Substitutes: Nicholson, Williamson, Thomas.
Goals: Hunter (64’), Scott (72’)
Yellow Cards: Campbell (77’)
Hereford XI: Hall, Egan, Mclean, Forsyth (Kouhyar, 73’), Owen-Evans, Storey, Lloyd, Pollock, Vincent, Revan, Gillela (Ismail, 80’).
Substitutes: Raison, Gordon, Fitzgerald.
Hereford Yellow Cards: Revan (53’), Pollock (70’)