Gateshead travel to Leamington on Tuesday looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the Vanarama National League North season.
Mike Williamson’s side scored two late goals to earn a 3-3 draw at Southport on Saturday, leaving The Heed sixth in the league table as things stand with two wins and two draws to their name.
Gateshead are one of four teams yet to lose so far in the National League North, with AFC Fylde, Brackley Town and Kidderminster Harriers making up the top three.
Leamington occupy 19th place having only played three games so far, losing two and winning one.
The Brakes beat Spennymoor Town 2-1 at The Your Co-Op Community Stadium in their season opener before losing to Brackley Town, and most recently, Curzon Ashton.
Speaking after Saturday’s draw at Southport, goalscorer Paul Blackett said: “We can build on that now and take it into Tuesday.
“The way the game was, it’s a good point. I thought the character the lads showed to get back into the game was unbelievable.
“A win would have been nice, but it’s always good to come on the road and get a point.
“They come thick and fast,” Leamington manager Paul Holleran told Leamington FC TV following Saturday’s defeat to Curzon Ashton.
“It’s not like we’re going to crumble or fall out with each other but we’ve got to do better, and we will do better.
“It’s just disappointing that with a good atmosphere here we didn’t start well.
“We came into the game more in the second half but in a similar factor to the Brackley game is that it’s been far too easy to score against us.”
There are no new injury concerns ahead of Tuesday with Danny Greenfield, Jack Hunter and Luke Williams remaining long-term absentees, while Elliot Forbes continues his journey back to fitness.
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An injury-time goal saw Leamington grab a point when it seemed all three were heading back to Tyneside in December 2020.
Greg Olley put The Heed in front just before the hour mark and a string of fine saves from Jake Weaver kept the visitors from adding to the scoreline throughout the second half.
The Brakes capitalised on Weaver’s display with 94 minutes on the clock when Junior English prodded home a rebound from a wide free kick, leaving Gateshead to travel home frustrated at having only taken a point.
There is no segregation in place at The Your Co-Op Community Stadium on Tuesday, and tickets are priced at:
Adult – £13 (+ £0.50 booking fee)
Concession – £9 (+ £0.50 booking fee)
Student – £6 (+ £0.50 booking fee)
U18 – £3 (+ £0.50 booking fee)
U12 – Free
Two second half strikes handed Gateshead a first defeat of the 2021/22 season away to Leamington on Tuesday night.
Cedwyn Scott netted his fourth of the season in a dominant first half that saw The Heed leading 1-0 at the break.
Leamington struck back in the second 45 with two set pieces to undo Gateshead’s hard work and see The Heed defeated for the first time in the 2021/22 season.
There were two changes to the side that drew 3-3 at Southport on Saturday with Mike Williamson and Paul Blackett starting in place of Dan Ward and Adam Campbell.
Blackett threatened as quickly as two minutes into the game, firing over the crossbar as he looked to score in consecutive games following his strike at Southport.
Heroics at the other end from Louis Storey kept the scoreline level with five minutes on the clock however as the defender blocked what seemed a certain goal for the hosts.
Williamson, on his return to the side, caused a scare from a corner when he headed wide of goal after rising highest in the box but it was Scott who opened the scoring on 16 minutes.
Macaulay Langstaff was the provider as he directed the ball across the box towards Scott, who drilled low into the net for his fourth goal in five games.
The Heed kept control of the ball for the vast majority of the opening 45 as they have done so often thus far this season and Scott looked to double his tally for the night but could only smash against the advertising boards from 18 yards.
Leamington began the second half needing a reaction and 13 minutes in, they found themselves level as Kelsey Mooney prodded home Joe Parker’s free kick in a crowded box.
Williamson’s side looked to regain their lead shortly afterwards and saw a shot deflected wide before Jake Weaver made a smart save low down to his right, but it was The Brakes who struck next.
It was Jack Lane who was on hand in the box this time to net from a set-piece and undo The Heed’s hard work in the first half and leave them needing to find another goal to earn a point.
Weaver was called into action once more with nine minutes left to keep Leamington’s lead intact before the hosts struck the bar late on in search of a third, but come the final whistle it was The Brakes who took three points on a frustrating night for Gateshead.
Gateshead XI: Chapman, Tinkler (Ward, 68’), Storey, Nicholson, Williamson, Jacob, Bailey, Olley, Scott, Langstaff, Blackett.
Substitutes: Guthrie, Wombwell, Campbell.
Goals: Scott (16’)
Leamington Goals: Mooney (58’), Lane (73’)