Gateshead make the second-longest away trip of the Vanarama National League season to face Yeovil Town for the first time since 1998.
The Heed sit two points behind Yeovil ahead of kick off, with the latter hoping a change in management will turn their fortunes around.
The Glovers named former Forest Green Rovers boss Mark Cooper as Chris Hargreaves’ replacement on October 28, with Cooper overseeing two draws and one defeat since then.
Yeovil played out a goalless draw with Maidenhead United at Huish Park on Tuesday night – their ninth from 18 league games – and now sit 20th in the National League table.
Gateshead’s seven league draws this season, meanwhile, make up 16 between the two sides across 35 league fixtures.
Yeovil’s defence has been their strong point this season with The Glovers conceding the fewest goals in the bottom half of the National League (20) prior to kick off, though they have also scored the fewest (13).
Jamie Reckord is the club’s league top scorer with three goals so far, with all of his strikes coming in the opening month of the season.
“Gateshead are a really good football team,” said Yeovil manager, Mark Cooper.
“They’ve probably not got the results they’ve deserved. but they won’t abandon their principles. They’re going to keep trying to play and will be difficult to play against.
“We have to be on the front foot, we’ve got enthusiastic and go and get after the opposition, no matter who we play.”
Dan Jarvis and Lewis Knight are unavailable due to injury.
Tickets are available to purchase online here and admission is priced at:
Adult – £15
Senior, 16-23 & Armed Forces – £12
U16 & U12 – £1
Away supporters are situated in blocks N, P and PP of the Screwfix Community Stand at Huish Park.
Tickets are also available to purchase on a match day via the Huish Park ticket office, but supporters are advised that there is a £2 match day price increase after 12 noon for Saturday afternoon matches.
Gateshead fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Yeovil Town in their first visit to Huish Park since 1998.
Will Harris put The Heed in front with his second goal in as many games, though Alex Fisher levelled to take the game level at the break.
Fisher netted a second early in the second half to give Yeovil the initiative, before Malachi Linton sealed the result with a breakaway goal in injury time.
Mike Williamson opted to start himself for only the second time of the season at Huish Park, while Lirak Hasani slotted into midfield in place of the injured Greg Olley.
A quiet opening in Somerset was finally sparked into life by Harris in the 25th minute, when the forward took Hasani’s flick over the top of the defence down with one touch before slamming home with his second to net his first league goal of the season.
Gateshead’s work was undone six minutes later however through Yeovil’s first real chance, with Fisher touching Anthony Georgiou’s wide free kick into the far corner to level the scoring.
The visitors had two opportunities to re-take the lead before the break, only to be denied by goalkeeper Grant Smith.
Hasani was first to test Smith’s reactions at his near post when he found himself on the ball following Adam Campbell’s pressure towards the corner flag, before Williamson was denied by the Yeovil stopper from a tight angle.
Fisher then thought he had netted his, and Yeovil’s second seven minutes before half time, only to be quickly denied by the assistant’s offside flag.
The forward got his second six minutes after the restart to put the hosts in front, with Chiori Johnson’s cross evading James Montgomery’s grasp and falling to Fisher for a tap in at the back post.
Fisher spurned a golden opportunity to net a hat trick with 25 minutes to go when he won a penalty from Ethan Pye’s challenge in the box, only to blast his spot kick well over Montgomery’s crossbar.
Arguably the best chance of the half fell to Gateshead 75 minutes in when Harris was played in one-on-one by Aaron Martin’s flick on, but the forward didn’t connect cleanly and the ball was sent wide.
Kenton Richardson then saw a neat finish ruled out for offside six minutes from time, and despite Gateshead sending men forward it would be Yeovil who struck next on the counter through Linton to seal three points.
Gateshead: Montgomery, Richardson, Williamson, Pye, Gallacher (Daley, 20’), Conteh (Yussuf, 85’), Bailey (c), Ward, Hasani (Martin, 55’), Campbell, Harris.
Substitutes: Langley, Magnay.
Goals: Harris (25’)
Yellow Cards: Campbell (90+1’)
Yeovil Town: Smith, Andrews, Bevan, Fisher (Britton, 69’), Georgiou (Clarke, 85’), Hunt, Johnson, Oluwabori (Linton, 74’), Reckord, Staunton, Worthington.
Substitutes: Hulbert, Touré.
Goals: Fisher (30’, 51’), Linton (90+3’)
Yellow Cards: Worthington (87’)
Attendance: 2,405 (65 Gateshead)