Gateshead take on Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park on Valentine’s Day for the first of two National League clashes inside a week.
The Heed come into Tuesday’s game on the back of a three-game winning run in all competitions – and all away from home – following a 1-0 FA Trophy win at Banbury United last weekend.
Mike Williamson’s side are unbeaten on the road in 2023 having beaten Wealdstone and Solihull Moors away from home, while drawing at Barnet.
Gateshead could leapfrog Oldham into 19th place with three points, while The Latics can put some distance between themselves and the bottom four with a win.
David Unsworth’s men have won three of their last five league games at Boundary Park, and recorded a 4-2 win over play-off contenders Dagenham & Redbridge last time out.
Oldham have recruited to their squad at will throughout the current campaign, and recently added League Two experience to the ranks with Hartlepool United midfielder Mark Shelton joining the club in January.
“We know what a good squad they have and how tough tomorrow is going to be,” said assistant manager, Ian Watson.
“We’re on a good run of form, as they are, so we go there with that belief and confidence and we’re going there to win the game.”
“I love night games myself,” said Oldham midfielder, John Rooney.
“To get the fans behind us like they were on Tuesday, everyone is looking forward to it.”
Lewis Knight and Quevin Castro are set to miss out through injury, while Carl Magnay will serve the first game of his suspension.
Marcus Dinanga is available for selection after being cup-tied for Saturday’s game.
Tonight’s fixture at Boundary Park is available to watch live via the National League’s streaming service, National League TV.
Fans can subscribe at www.nationalleaguetv.com, with match day passes priced at £9.50.
Fans will have the ability to switch between any National Division match streamed on any given match day.
Away supporters will be situated in the Chaddy End for Tuesday’s game, with tickets available to purchase online here until kick off.
Admission is priced at:
Senior & Under 21: £10
Under 18: £7
Under 7: Free
Tickets are also on sale on the turnstiles.
Gateshead struck twice inside three minutes to earn a point in a dramatic comeback at Oldham Athletic.
John Rooney and Alex Reid put the hosts two goals ahead in the second half, before Kamil Conteh and Kenton Richardson turned the tides in the final 10 minutes to extend The Heed’s unbeaten away run to seven games.
Mike Williamson re-introduced Filip Marschall, Ethan Pye, Kenton Richardson and Marcus Dinanga to the starting 11 at Boundary Park, leading to an opening 45 with little to separate the two sides.
Dinanga headed Aaron Martin’s cross over the bar in the opening three minutes, before Joe Nuttall sent a header of his own wide of Marschall’s near post at the other end.
Chances were a rare commodity for much of the opening half with the two sides locked in a midfield battle, though Dan Ward saw one effort blocked and another held by Oldham stopper Magnus Norman before the break.
The hosts were limited to chances from outside of the penalty area, and Ben Tollitt’s strike over the bar after cutting in from the right was as close as it came for The Latics before the opener.
Oldham took the lead five minutes after the restart through John Rooney, who lingered at the back post to prod home after Mark Kitching’s cross was headed back across goal.
The hosts added a second 14 minutes later, pressing high up the pitch to steal the ball back before Nathan Sheron laid off for Reid to slot into an unguarded net at the back post.
The game seemed to be drifting away from Gateshead with time ticking away, with Conteh and Adam Campbell both seeing efforts from distance saved by Norman as they chased a two-goal deficit.
Conteh’s next effort was the spark his side needed though, with the midfielder driving through the middle after Robbie Tinkler took the ball past two men to send a low strike into the far corner and give The Heed hope.
Two minutes later and the comeback was complete, as Tinkler and Olley combined before the latter drilled a low ball into the six-yard box which Norman fumbled for Richardson to slide home for his first Gateshead goal.
The defender’s strike earned what had seemed an unlikely point for his side, who extended their unbeaten record on the road to seven games in all competitions.
Gateshead: Marschall, Tinkler, Storey, Pye, Richardson, Conteh, Olley, Ward, Martin (Clark, 78’), Dinanga, Campbell.
Substitutes: Montgomery, Williamson.
Goals: Campbell (81’), Richardson (83’)
Yellow Cards: Campbell (57’), Ward (87’)
Oldham Athletic: Norman, Hogan, Gardner, Kitching, Sheron, Sutton, Tollitt (Chapman, 84’), Yarney, Reid (Abraham, 74’), Rooney, Nuttall.
Substitutes: Clarke, Couto, Hudson.
Goals: Rooney (50’), Reid (64’)
Yellow Cards: Abraham (90+2’)
Attendance: 5,845 (76 Gateshead)