Gateshead travel to the West Midlands to face Solihull Moors in the second of five consecutive away fixtures on Saturday, February 3 (3pm kick off).
The Heed make the journey to the ARMCO Arena for the first time since March 2019 this weekend, looking to build on the form which has seen Mike Williamson’s men defeated just once in seven games.
A 2-1 win away to play-off contenders Wealdstone last time out saw Gateshead move within three points of safety, though Torquay’s midweek draw took them up to 21st place.
Solihull, meanwhile, are hoping to resurrect their season having hit a rough patch of form in recent months which has seen them drop to 12th in the league table.
Neal Ardley’s side have lost six from their last seven games and were handed a 2-1 defeat by Notts County in midweek, though they still lie only three points away from the play-off spots.
The Moors’ squad has been bolstered by the arrival of National League North top scorer Mark Beck, who made his first appearance on Tuesday after joining from Darlington.
Andrew Dallas is Solihull’s main marksman so far this season with 11 league goals to his name, most recently netting a double in a 3-0 win away to Dorking last Saturday.
“We know what a tough ask it’s going to be,” said assistant manager, Ian Watson.
“We know what a good side they are and what good players they’ve got, but we really back ourselves and believe in ourselves.”
“I’d rather have had the result and not played as well, but it wasn’t to be,” said Solihull boss, Neal Ardley, following Tuesday’s defeat to Notts County.
“I’ve just said to the lads, let’s make sure we go again on Saturday, the performance levels are high and we build some momentum.”
James Montgomery has recovered from illness and is available for inclusion in the squad.
Quevin Castro is unlikely to be involved after sustaining a minor injury in training last week.
Due to UEFA’s Article 48 ruling, Saturday fixtures with a 3pm kick off are not permitted to be broadcast domestically and will be unavailable to supporters based in the UK.
Gateshead supporters will be located in standing blocks K, L and M of The Forest Stand and can enter via turnstile nine.
Adults: £15 (£16 on the day)
Concessions (65+, 18-24): £11 (£12 on the day)
Under 18: £7 (£7.50 on the day)
Under 12 (must be accompanied by a fully paying adult): £3.50
Supporters should note that a £1 booking fee is charged per ticket.
Gateshead recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season with a 2-0 victory at Solihull Moors.
Dan Ward made sure his side’s first half opportunities weren’t in vain when he converted seven minutes before half time, before a battling second 45 saw Will Harris net in the dying minutes to secure three points.
New arrivals Harrison Clark and Marcus Dinanga were handed spots on the bench at The ARMCO Arena, while Aaron Martin and Adam Campbell slotted into the starting 11 in place of Lewis Knight and Danny Elliott.
Ward proved a thorn in Solihull’s side right from the off and found himself in the box with only Ryan Boot to beat eight minutes in, but the ‘keeper rushed out swiftly to block one-on-one.
Filip Marschall was called upon to keep his clean sheet at the other end shortly afterwards as the hosts grew into the game, with Ryan Barnett sending a half volley towards goal which Marschall was on hand to parry clear.
Gateshead were the side who looked most likely to break the deadlock in the opening 45 minutes however, and Ward again found himself through in the penalty area only to this time curl over the crossbar.
The elusive breakthrough came on 38 minutes though, as Kamil Conteh’s cross into the six yard box was parried by Boot into the path of Ward, who volleyed home to hand Gateshead control.
Adam Campbell was next to beat the defensive line and race through on goal with a chance to make it two, though his effort was sent wide after an unfortunate bounce forced him to miskick one-on-one.
Solihull ramped up the pressure in an effort to haul themselves back into the game after the break, but they couldn’t find a way past Marschall on numerous occasions.
Greg Olley sent an effort wide of the far post at the other end with Gateshead still posing a threat on the counter attack, though they had Marschall to thank for keeping them in front when he pulled off a fine one-on-one save from Andrew Dallas.
With the clock ticking down, Gateshead struck the decisive second on the counter attack, as Conteh won possession on the edge of his own box before sliding Harris through to fire through Boot’s legs and in to earn three points on the road for the second consecutive week.
Gateshead: Marschall, Tinkler, Storey, Pye, Richardson, Forbes (Dinanga, 42’), Conteh, Olley, Ward, Campbell (Magnay, (90+1’), Martin (Harris 65’).
Substitutes: Montgomery, Clark.
Goals: Ward (38’), Harris (90+5’)
Yellow Cards: Tinkler (26’), Richardson (28’), Conteh (88’)
Solihull Moors: Boot, Howe, Coker, Clarke, Barnett, Dallas, Davis, Donawa, Sbarra, Whelan, Beck.
Substitutes: Cybulski, Maycock, Roberts.
Attendance: 1,314 (28 Gateshead)