Gateshead make the 464-mile round trip to Stourbridge to begin their Emirates FA Cup journey on Saturday, October 14 (3pm kick off).
The Heed enter the fourth round qualifying having reached the proper rounds of the competition in four of the last five seasons, with £9,375 and a place in the first round on offer this afternoon.
Stourbridge come into the tie sitting 11th in the Southern League Premier Division Central – the seventh tier of the footballing pyramid – and have won their last two, both in cup competitions.
The Glassboys secured progression in the Isuzu FA Trophy last weekend with a 4-1 win away to Long Eaton United, and earned their spot in the fourth round qualifying of the FA Cup with a 2-0 victory over Mickleover on home soil.
Stourbridge’s most successful run in the competition in recent years came during the 2016/17 season, which saw them reach the third round after beating League One side Northampton Town at the War Memorial Ground.
Current manager Leon Broadhurst started that day – one of his 780 appearances for the club – and now looks to lead his side to the first round proper from the dugout.
“We’ve got to go there [with] no excuses on the day,” said Ian Watson.
“We have to be better than the opponent and to do that we have to make sure that our mindset is ready, so when 3pm comes tomorrow we’re purely focused on that game and we’re ready for the tough 95 minutes ahead of us.”
“Gateshead are going to be an unbelievable outfit, they’re very good, and have started the season extremely well,” said Leon Broadhurst.
“Every man on the pitch, and every man in the squad has to be a 10/10 if we’ve got any opportunity to succeed and progress.
“As long as we stick to our game plan, have belief and believe in ourselves and the opportunity to succeed, we’ll give Gateshead a really good game.”
Callum Whelan could be involved after returning to training in recent weeks, while Kyran Lofthouse has been cleared following his enforced absence due to concussion last week.
Segregation will be in place at the War Memorial Ground with Gateshead supporters situated in the Shed End, which can be accessed via the archway entrance, opposite Vets 4 Pets.
OAPs (65+): £9
Junior (12-17): £7
Under 12 (must be accompanied by a paying adult): £2
Stourbridge strongly advise all supporters planning to attend to purchase tickets in advance, as availability is not guaranteed on the gate. Junior tickets are only available online and will not be sold on the gate.
Supporters will receive an order confirmation by email after purchasing, which will be followed by the tickets on a separate e-mail, both sent from Stourbridge’s box office.
Supporters must then print off their match ticket or download the match ticket PDF to their smartphone to be scanned at the turnstiles.
Tickets should be received via email within 20 minutes of booking. Supporters are advised to check their junk or spam folder if tickets have not arrived within this time.
A trio of second half goals ensured Gateshead’s safe passage to the Emirates FA Cup first round with victory over Stourbridge.
Luke Hannant’s sublime volley put The Heed in front after a battling first half before netting a second with 10 minutes to go to ease the pressure, allowing Connor McBride to notch a third late on to secure a fourth qualifying round win on the road.
Mike Williamson made a host of changes for his side’s first foray into this season’s competition, with Connor Pani, Aidan Rutledge and Billy Chadwick handing starting berths while Kyran Lofthouse also returned from his enforced absence.
It was Stourbridge who started the brightest however and passed up a golden opportunity to take the lead six minutes in, with Luke Benbow ultimately denied by Archie Mair one-on-one.
Gateshead returned the favour eight minutes later with a chance of their own, which saw Joel Shambrook and Charlie Price combine to deflect a goalbound effort over the bar with Robbie Tinkler diving in, leading to the latter’s withdrawal after incurring a shoulder injury.
Mair was called upon once again at the other end to preserve his clean sheet, this time saving twice from Niall Flint as the hosts pushed for an opener in front of a bumper 1,465-strong crowd at the War Memorial Ground.
Billy Chadwick found himself being denied by Mair’s opposite number just after the half-hour mark as Gateshead began to gain control, with the forward’s curling efforts blocked and parried wide when they seemed destined for the far corner.
Price was on hand once again to beat away Lofthouse’s strike at the back post shortly before the half time whistle, sending the tie to the break with both sides on level terms, though that would last until the 57th minute when Hannant provided one of the goals of the season.
The midfielder locked on to Regan Booty’s lofted corner towards the back of the penalty area before sending an inch-perfect volley into the top corner, handing Gateshead a much-needed lead in the process.
The Heed had a penalty claim turned down on the hour mark when Stephen Wearne was felled after skipping past his marker and into the box, only to be shown a yellow card for perceived simulation despite his protests.
Both sides had opportunities to grab the game’s second goal as time wore on, with Pani striking the post with a 20-yard drive for Gateshead while Stourbridge’s Aaron Forde blazed wide from close range after Benbow’s initial shot fell to his feet.
Hannant made the hosts pay on 80 minutes, racing onto Lofthouse’s cut-back to find the far corner from 20 yards and all but seal progression for his side.
Substitute McBride netted a third to add a convincing look to the scoresheet with five minutes to go, sending Lofthouse’s pull-back in off the crossbar via a deflection for his fourth Gateshead goal.
Gateshead: Mair, Richardson, Tinkler (Storey, 16′), Booty, Pani, Hannant, Lofthouse, Chadwick (McBride, 73′), Olley, Wearne, Rutledge (Dinanga, 60′)
Substitutes: Magnay, Hunter, Francis, Whelan.
Goals: Hannant (57′, 80′), McBride (85′)
Stourbridge: Price, Shambrook, Portman, Prosser, Bavanganga, Kettle, Flint, King, Benbow, Anaebonam (Forde, 64′), Fletcher (Knights, 64′).
Substitutes: Wilson, Solly, Walters, Lewis, Steward.