Gateshead travel to local rivals and play-off contenders Spennymoor Town on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick off).
The Heed come into the weekend buoyed by an Emirates FA Cup first round win at Altrincham in midweek, setting up a tie at home to Charlton Athletic on Friday, December 3.
Mike Williamson’s side won 2-1 at home to Alfreton Town in the Vanarama National League North last Saturday and now sit ninth in the league table with a number of games in hand.
Spennymoor have hit a rough patch of late and are currently on a six-game winless run, though they halted a four-game losing streak with a draw at Bradford (Park Avenue) last time out.
The Moors’ strong start to the season means they sit 10th in the league table, level on points with Gateshead having played four more games.
Glen Taylor is the joint top scorer in the division alongside AFC Fylde’s Nick Haughton as things stand with 10 goals each, while Macaulay Langstaff sits just behind on eight league goals.
Watch assistant manager Ian Watson discuss Tuesday’s Emirates FA Cup first round win and Saturday’s derby below.
There are no fresh injuries to report following Tuesday’s game. Robbie Tinkler returned as a late substitute and is available for selection on Saturday.
Ticketing Details & Supporter Information
Tickets can be purchased on the gate or online via Spennymoor’s online ticketing portal here and are priced at:
Adult – £10
Concession – £5
Under-18 – £1
Segregation will be in place at The Brewery Field on Saturday following discussions with Spennymoor Town and local authorities.
Away supporters must enter The Brewery Field through the Tees Crescent turnstiles and will have access from behind the dugouts up to the beginning of the Great Annual Savings Group stand, which will cater for 400 away supporters.
Visiting fans will have exclusive use of The Axe House Fan Zone and their own set of toilets and facilities.
See the ground map provided by Spennymoor Town below.
Gateshead secured three points on derby day with a 2-1 win over 10-man Spennymoor Town at The Brewery Field.
Adam Campbell gave Gateshead a deserved lead five minutes before the break before Joe Tait’s sending off handed the visitors a man advantage at half time.
Scott McLean levelled with 20 minutes to go before substitute Paul Blackett netted to make sure three points returned to Tyneside.
Mike Williamson was forced into one change from Tuesday’s Emirates FA Cup win at Altrincham with Macaulay Langstaff replaced by Jack Hunter due to injury.
The change didn’t effect Gateshead’s momentum early on as they started on the front foot with Dan Ward firing just past the far post after 30 seconds.
Cedwyn Scott was next to threaten the Spennymoor end, firing just over the crossbar following Owen Bailey’s lay off.
Gateshead controlled possession for much of the first half and created the chances to go with it as Williamson was next to try his hand at finding the net, but headed downwards and over the bar.
Spennymoor’s first real foray forward came 19 minutes into the half as a nice two-touch move resulted in ex-Heed midfielder Jamie Chandler firing wide from 20 yards.
Scott came close twice to putting Gateshead on the scoresheet at the other end, first narrowly missing Greg Olley’s ball across the face of goal moments before sending a shot wide from just inside the box.
The breakthrough finally came with 40 minutes on the clock and it was Campbell who put The Heed in front as he prodded home Olley’s low cross from close range.
There was another twist before the end of the half, as Spennymoor were reduced to 10 men with Joe Tait shown a straight red card following a melee in the box after Jacob Chapman saved Glen Taylor’s header.
The visitors controlled possession with The Moors a man down after the restart, though chances were less frequent than in the opening 45.
The hosts found their way back into affairs despite the man disadvantage out of the blue as a cross floated to the back post where Scott McLean rifled high into the net to equalise.
Things stayed level for 10 minutes before substitute Blackett punished Spennymoor for a mistake at the back as Chris Mason lost possession to Ward, who set up Blackett to place into the far corner.
Spennymoor pushed forward in search of a second equaliser late on, but Gateshead held firm to take home a huge three points in County Durham.
Gateshead XI: Chapman, Nicholson, Storey, Williamson, Jacob, Hunter (Williams, 58’), Bailey, Olley, Ward, Scott, Campbell (Blackett, 70’).
Substitutes: Tinkler, Pani, Wombwell.
Goals: Campbell (40’), Blackett (80’)
Yellow Cards: Hunter (7’), Nicholson (58’)
Spennymoor Town Goals: McLean (70’)
Spennymoor Town Red Cards: Tait (43’)
Attendance: 1,690 (257 Gateshead)