Gateshead make the 600-mile round trip to Southend United on Saturday, February 18 to contest a fifth consecutive away fixture in all competitions.
The Heed remain unbeaten on the road in 2023 following Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Oldham Athletic, with goals from Kamil Conteh and Kenton Richardson completing a late comeback.
Mike Williamson’s side have the opportunity to move as high as 17th with a win this weekend, and travel to face a Southend side in impressive form themselves.
Kevin Maher’s men have won four from their last five National League fixtures to occupy sixth spot in the league table, and came from behind to beat FC Halifax Town at Roots Hall in midweek.
Jack Bridge has netted four goals in his last five games for The Shrimpers, and leads the club’s league scoring charts with eight so far this season.
The Heed came out on top when the two sides met at Gateshead International Stadium in November, winning 3-1 thanks to goals from Adam Campbell, Conor Carty and Conteh.
“We’ve always had that belief from the start of the season,” said Kenton Richardson following Tuesday’s draw at Oldham.
“We’re not where we want to be, but it’s good that we’re on an unbeaten run and keeping that momentum going.
“We always believe, even if we’re a couple of goals down, that we can come back and win games.”
“It’s relentless at the moment and Gateshead have been in very good form,” said Southend boss Kevin Maher.
“They came back the other night to get a point and we know from going to their place how well they can play.
“But we’re at home and with the crowd behind us we’ll be looking for another good performance.”
Elliot Forbes, Lewis Knight, Owen Bailey and Quevin Castro remain absent through injury, while Carl Magnay is ineligible through suspension.
Will Harris is expected to be available for selection after missing Tuesday’s draw at Oldham through illness.
Supporters outside of the UK can watch Saturday’s game live from Roots Hall via www.nationalleaguetv.com, with match day passes priced at £9.50.
Fans will have the ability to switch between any National League match streamed on any given match day.
Away supporters are situated in the Solopress North Stand at Roots Hall, with admission priced at:
Senior (60+), Young Adult (17-22), Emergency Services, Disabled, Student (with valid ID): £15
Junior (9-16): £10
Child (8 & under): £5
Tickets are not available to purchase online, and will be sold from the ticket booths next to the Solopress North Stand on the day of the game.
Ten-man Gateshead’s four-game unbeaten run came to an end at Southend United.
Henry Sandat’s fifth minute goal saw the hosts take all three points, while Aaron Martin’s first half sending off compounded a tough afternoon for The Heed.
Mike Williamson named an unchanged starting 11 at Roots Hall, with Will Harris returning to the bench after missing Tuesday’s draw at Oldham through illness.
It was Southend who were quickest out of the blocks though, taking the lead five minutes in when Sandat converted from close range after Filip Marschall had saved Callum Powell’s initial shot.
The hosts took control immediately afterwards and pushed for a swift second, which they were denied when Powell struck only to be flagged offside.
Gateshead began to find their footing and gather possession in Southend’s half towards the half-hour mark, but were reduced to 10 men when Martin pushed Gus Scott-Morriss after an initial foul had been given against the forward for a high foot.
The hosts struck the woodwork just before the half time whistle through Nathan Ralph’s effort, though The Heed survived at one down going into the break.
Williamson withdrew Robbie Tinkler to enter the fray himself for the second half, which saw Gateshead sacrifice possession to stay in with a chance of a comeback.
Jack Bridge carved out a good opportunity for Cav Miley when he pulled back for the latter inaide the box, but Miley’s strike flashed wide of Marschall’s far post.
Greg Olley sent a 25-yard free kick just wide of the near post at the other end, while Kamil conteh was booked for a late challenge as Gateshead battled to try and find a way back into proceedings.
Adam Campbell saw a shot blocked inside the area late on, and Conteh sent a 25-yarder wide of the far post after driving through the middle of the pitch, but their efforts were in vain as Gateshead fell to their first defeat on the road in 2023.
Gateshead: Marschall, Tinkler (Williamson, 46’), Storey (Clark, 86’), Pye, Richardson, Conteh, Olley, Ward (Harris, 86’), Martin, Dinanga, Campbell.
Yellow Cards: Conteh (70’)
Red Card: Martin (34’)
Southend United: Nna Noukeu, Scott-Morriss, Ralph (Lomas, 46’), Hobson, Kensdale, Bridge, Husin, Powell (Mooney, 78’), Taylor, Miley, Sandat (Hyde, 63’).
Substitutes: Fonguck, Benton.
Goals: Sandat (5’)
Yellow Cards: Hobson (60’)
Attendance: 6,765 (38 Gateshead)