Gateshead travel to the LNER Community Stadium for the first time on Saturday to face York City in the Vanarama National League North.
The Heed make the journey to Yorkshire hoping to extend their lead at the top of the table with a gap of three points currently separating them from Brackley Town in second place.
Mike Williamson’s side can take confidence from their away form having won four of the last five on the road and sitting second in the division’s league table in terms of away results.
York will be keen to hit their stride in front of their home crowd having tasted back-to-back 3-0 defeats in the last week, including a home loss to Bradford (Park Avenue) in midweek.
John Askey’s side are seven points away from the play-off places after 20 games played, and could still mount a promotion charge if they are able to turn their recent form around.
Former Gateshead captain Scott Barrow could line up in York colours on Saturday as he did at Gateshead International Stadium in December.
“Saturday is a massive game for us against a really big club with really good players,” said assistant manager, Ian Watson.
“We’ve got to be so focused to make sure we go into the game, we’re ready, we leave no stone unturned and we come back with the three points.”
“The main thing is lifting the players,” York’s interim manager John Askey told the York Press.
“Obviously everybody is disappointed about Tuesday’s result.
“It’s getting them to realise that it was one game, not the end of the world, and we have to move on to the next one.”
Connor Pani has returned to training this week and could be involved on Saturday.
Mike Williamson is set to miss out due to an ankle injury while Robbie Tinkler faces a late fitness test due to a back injury.
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A first half penalty from Cedwyn Scott and a late strike from Luke Williams saw The Heed to a 2-0 win over York on Tyneside just before the turn of the year.
Tickets are now on sale online via York City’s ticketing portal here with away supporters situated in the North Stand.
Admission is priced at:
Adult – £20
Concession/65+ – £15
U19/Student – £8
Infant (6-11) – £6
Supporters can also book tickets over the phone by calling York City’s ticket office on 01904 942232, or pay on the day from the North Stand ticket booth which opens at midday on Saturday.
Gateshead remained top of the Vanarama National League North with a draw at York City.
Mike Williamson brought Alex Nicholson back into the side to partner Louis Storey in defence while Macaulay Langstaff and Cedwyn Scott started after signing new contracts on Friday.
Gateshead started on the front foot with a strong away following behind them, with Langstaff firing wide at the far post with three minutes on the clock.
Scott was next to try his luck at making the most of his side’s early possession as he fired a low shot towards Pete Jameson’s goal, but the York goalkeeper held on well with Langstaff lurking for the rebound.
Carl Magnay flicked a Greg Olley corner just wide later on while at the other end Jack McKay’s long throw caused problems in the Gateshead box before being hooked clear.
Mitch Hancox fired over the crossbar for the hosts as they looked to make a dent in the Gateshead defence, while at the other end Jameson was called upon to make a fine save from Owen Bailey’s shot at the near post.
Olley almost opened the scoring with a 25-yard free kick shortly after only for Jameson to tip wide on the dive, before Robbie Tinkler was the saviour in front of Gateshead’s goal when he cleared off the line after Scott Barrow’s free kick was prodded goal-bound.
York looked to get themselves on the ball as the second half kicked off and Kurt Willoughby saw an early chance as he whipped a free kick over the bar from the edge of the box.
The Heed controlled proceedings from that point on however and Olley came close once more as he latched onto Scott’s lofted ball into the box before shifting onto his right and curling inches wide.
Paul Blackett was brought on to provide a spark with 15 minutes to go and he had an instant impact as his volley was parried into Scott’s path, and he made no mistake in slamming home from close range.
The lead was erased five minutes later through York substitute Clayton Donaldson, who converted at the back post from a wide free kick.
Williamson’s side pushed in search of a second with time ticking away, and Adam Campbell’s ball into the six-yard box forced Jameson to punch wide before Jack Hunter dragged an effort wide from 15 yards.
Gateshead XI: Chapman, Tinkler, Storey, Nicholson, Magnay, Bailey (Blackett, 75’), Olley (c), Hunter, Campbell, Scott, Langstaff.
Substitutes: Greenfield, Pani, Jacob, Charters.
Goals: Scott (76’)
Yellow Cards: Storey (82’)
York City XI: Jameson, Duckworth, Kouogun, Brown (c), Barrow, Dyson, Wright, Hancox, Longdon (Donaldson, 72’), Willoughby, McKay.
Substitutes: Campbell, Haase, McLaughlin, Jarvis.
Attendance: 3,578 (433 Gateshead)