Gateshead make the short trip across Tyneside to face neighbours Newcastle United in a behind closed doors friendly on Saturday, July 9.
The Heed contested a 60-minute training fixture at Sunderland in the opening fixture of pre-season last Saturday, with the hosts emerging 2-0 winners.
Mike Williamson’s side travel to Newcastle United’s Darsley Park training ground this weekend in the first 90-minute test of pre-season, with Eddie Howe’s men contesting their first game overall.
Gateshead faced The Magpies’ under-23 side in pre-season ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, winning 4-1 at Gateshead International Stadium.
The last time the two faced each other in a first team fixture was in July 2015, when Williamson featured as a Newcastle player in a 1-0 defeat for The Heed.
A large portion of the current Gateshead squad have come through Newcastle’s academy in recent years, including Adam Campbell, Dan Ward, Greg Olley, Louis Storey, Owen Bailey, Paul Blackett and Tom Allan.
Loanee goalkeeper Dan Langley could also line up against his parent club this weekend.
There will be no live updates on social media from Saturday’s behind closed doors fixture.
Post-match coverage will follow after the final whistle on social media and the club website.
“It’s a progression,” said Williamson on his side’s pre-season work to date.
“It’ll be a fantastic game and opportunity for us to test ourselves against a very, very good team, obviously some of the best players in the world.”
“We’ve got a way of playing regardless of the opposition, we go about to try and get the ball and play the way we want the game to be played.”
Gateshead were defeated 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Premier League neighbours Newcastle United in the first 90-minute game of pre-season.
Paul Blackett got off the mark to reduce the deficit in the second half, but goals from Matt Ritchie, Joelinton, Miguel Almiron and Sean Longstaff saw the hosts emerge as winners.
Newcastle looked to stamp their authority on proceedings from the off and controlled the early possession, with Joe Willock firing a pull-back over the bar from inside the box in the game’s first opportunity.
Gateshead limited The Magpies’ chances in the opening stages and were resolute and organised defensively – Jonjo Shelvey’s header over the bar from a corner proving one of the hosts’ half-chances early on.
The Heed sprung an attack of their own shortly afterwards and could have taken the lead through Blackett, who curled just wide of Dubravka’s far post from the corner of the penalty area on the counter-attack, before testing the Slovak’s handling with an effort at his near post moments later.
Newcastle’s break through came not long after the half-hour mark through Ritchie, who slammed past Dan Langley at the back post to capitalise on a period of pressure for the home side.
Langley was called upon to prevent Ritchie from adding to his tally moments later and pulled off two reflex saves from the winger’s efforts from the edge of the box to keep the score at one.
Eddie Howe’s side made 10 changes at the halfway point to Mike Williamson’s three as the hosts looked to extend their lead, and their second came two minutes after the restart when Joelinton converted a penalty following a foul from Louis Storey just inside the penalty area.
Jacob Murphy saw a third goal chalked off for offside shortly afterwards as Newcastle continued to apply pressure, and Montgomery was then required to parry away Allan Saint-Maximin’s powerful drive at his near post.
It was Gateshead who struck next however, with Blackett rounding Karl Darlow on the counter-attack and slotting into an empty net to halve the deficit for Williamson’s men.
Sean Longstaff spurned a chance to restore Newcastle’s two-goal lead from the penalty spot shortly after when he blazed over the crossbar, though the third goal eventually came through Almiron’s far-post curler in the final 10 minutes.
Almiron cut inside from the right and found the far corner again in a carbon copy fourth moments later, before Sean Longstaff converted a Joelinton pull-back to seal a fifth just before the full-time whistle.
Gateshead XI: Langley (Montgomery), Tinkler (Wombwell), Williamson (Errington), Storey, Richardson, Ward (Pani), Olley (Leech), Bailey, Jarvis (Trialist), Blackett (Trialist), Allan (Thomas).
Newcastle United XI (first half): Dúbravka, Trippier, Lascelles, Watts, Dummett, Shelvey, Anderson, Willock, Ritchie, Fraser, Wilson.
Newcastle United XI (second half): Darlow, Krafth, Watts, Burn, Targett, M. Longstaff, Joelinton, S. Longstaff, Almirón, Saint-Maximin, Murphy.
Newcastle Goals: Ritchie, Joelinton (pen), Almiron (2), S. Longstaff.
Subs not used: Savage, Turner-Cooke