Gateshead travel to Maidenhead United on Saturday, September 24 (3pm kick off) in the 10th fixture of the Vanarama National League season.
The Heed were held to a draw on home turf last time out, with Boreham Wood’s second half leveller denying Mike Williamson’s men their second win of the season.
Gateshead currently sit 22nd in the league table, but could move as high as 16th with a win with the season less than two months old.
Of the sides in the bottom half ahead of the weekend, only Dagenham & Redbridge and Aldershot Town have scored more than Gateshead’s 12 league goals – with Adam Campbell and Paul Blackett both netting four each.
On the contrary, only Torquay United have scored fewer than Maidenhead’s seven goals after nine games, and The Magpies have failed to score in five of those.
All seven of those goals have come on home turf for Alan Devonshire’s side, who have won three of their five fixtures so far at York Road.
Emile Acquah’s late strike was enough to secure a 1-0 win over Woking last weekend, ending Maidenhead’s run of five games without a win.
“We’ve got to make sure we strip it back and go back to what we’re about,” said player-manager, Mike Williamson,
“We need to make sure we show up, enjoy the physical battle and try to punish them with our pace and energy.”
Last Time We Met
Gateshead ran out 3-1 winners on the opening day of the 2018/19 National League season at York Road with Greg Olley, Scott Boden and Luke Armstrong on the scoresheet.
Louis Storey is out for the foreseeable future after sustaining a broken foot last weekend.
Kenton Richardson also misses out through injury, though Ethan Pye is in contention after returning from his required concussion lay-off.
Tickets are available for pre-purchase online here, with admission priced at:
Adult, Concession, 17-22 & U17 – £5
Under 17 (with a paying adult)* – Free
*One free ticket is available per adult
Supporters will be required to present their ticket either printed or on a mobile device where the QR code can be seen clearly. Failure to present a match ticket will result in denial of entry.
Any unsold tickets will be available on the gate, and supporters can pay by cash or card.
Supporters are advised that there are no parking facilities available at York Road, however the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead car parks are located within walking distance of the stadium.
The fixture will also be broadcast live on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting from 2:30pm.
Gateshead earned their first away win of the season in front of the BT Sport cameras at Maidenhead United.
Dan Ward’s first goal of the season midway through the first half secured all three points for the second time in the National League, sending The Heed up to 17th.
Mike Williamson brought Ethan Pye back into the side following his absence due to a concussion, while Paul Blackett returned to the starting 11 alongside Adam Campbell and Ward up top.
Both sides went at it in the game’s early exchanges, with Koby Arthur and Reece Smith seeing opportunities pass by for the hosts while Adam Campbell was denied a spectacular 25-yard volley by Dan Gyollai’s fingertip save.
The breakthrough came 22 minutes in through an incisive counter-attack, with Campbell sending Blackett in behind the defence for the forward to lay off to Ward, who slammed home from close range.
The lead settled Gateshead into proceedings, and but for efforts heading wide from Ethan Pye, Remy Clerima and Smith there was not much to speak of prior to the half time whistle.
Maidenhead emerged for the second half intent on grabbing an equaliser, but just as in the opening 45, Gateshead were equal to the crosses and set pieces thrown their way.
Dan Langley was alert to parry Ashley Nathaniel-George’s 20-yard effort wide nine minutes after the restart, before Pye was positioned perfectly to block Smith’s close range effort.
Despite early pressure from the hosts however, it was Gateshead who saw the best chances of the half pass by.
Greg Olley released Blackett down the right only for Gyollai to rush out and block the forward’s one-on-one to keep the score at one with 12 minutes to go.
Four minutes later and Olley was provided a golden chance to put the game to bed, only to be denied by the woodwork after selling Gyollai with his initial touch.
It mattered not to the outcome however, with Williamson’s men managing the final minutes of the game to see home their second win of the season.
Gateshead: Langley, Tinkler, Magnay, Pye, Daley (Gallacher, 71’), Bailey, Hasani, Olley (c), Blackett (Harris, 83’), Ward, Campbell.
Substitutes: Elliot, Mills, Jarvis.
Goals: Ward (22’)
Yellow Cards: Magnay (28’)
Maidenhead United: Gyollai, De Havilland, Kpekawa, Clerima, Nathaniel-George, Ferdinand, Acquah (Clifton, 56’), Smith (Esan, 73’), Upward, Arthur (McCoulsky, 46’), Massey (c).
Substitutes: Eweka, Adams.
Yellow Cards: De Havilland (24’), Kpekawa (90’)