By Dominic Scurr
Setting The Scene
Gateshead’s relentless end to the season continues as they now make the 610 mile round trip to Aldershot on a Tuesday night to make it five matches in 10 days – four of which have been away from home.
Their single home match on Saturday saw the Heed emerge as deserved 2-0 winners at the International Stadium thanks to goals from Danny Johnson and Jordan Burrow.
The victory also mathematically secured Gateshead’s National League status as they now sit 1o points above the bottom four with games in hand and far superior goal difference. Now a top half finish is the target.
Despite having a relatively strong record away from home in general, the Tynesiders have not won on their travels since beating bottom of the league Guiseley back in February – a run stretching back eight matches.
Aldershot are currently very much in the play-off mix as victory on Tuesday would put them in a great position to secure a top-seven finish and a place in the National League play-offs for a second successive season.
Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Tranmere was a slight setback for Gary Waddock’s side, who will now be looking to bounce back at home ahead of the final week of the 2017/18 season.
Jamal Fyfield (ankle) is sidelined for Tuesday night’s match but captain Neill Byrne (ankle) could be back in contention.
What We’re Saying
Gateshead boss Steve Watson said before travelling to Aldershot: “With the amount of travelling and the number of miles they’ve put in and hours they’ve put in on the pitch, they can do with a break and then we can go to Aldershot confident.
“We know they’re a good side but it’s another good pitch down there so we know it will be a good football surface so we’ll just be going down there trying to carry on what we did on Saturday.”
What They’re Saying
Shots’ boss Gary Waddock said ahead of Tuesday night’s match: “(Gateshead) have rotated their team well and we’re not silly enough to think they’re going to come down and be on their last legs.
“They’ve rotated it and they’ll be fresh. They won on Saturday so the mood will be high so we’ve got to have a good start and play our way.
“If we can do that then we’ll cause them problems but if not then it will be a difficult evening.
“Gateshead have been decent on the road and have a good away record. But if we can play anywhere near our levels then we’ll give any team a game.”
After failing to win any of their first six matches against The Heed, Aldershot are now unbeaten in their last three (2 wins, 1 draw).
Danny Johnson is one goal away from reaching 50 for Gateshead.
Admission prices are as follows:
Adult – Seating – £19 – Standing – £17
Concession (Over 65, Military personnel ID required, Student 16-21 ID required) – Seating – £15 – Standing – £13
Junior (11 – U16) – Seating – £7 – Standing – £5
Under 11’s – FREE (with paying adult – max. 2 per adult)
Seating the same as above
Terracing the same as above
Carer free on both sections
Students can obtain a concession rate on production of an NUS card
Last Time We Met
Back in September, Gateshead lost their unbeaten home record against Aldershot Town thanks to a late goal from substitute Fabien Robert.
Robert’s first goal for the Shots from James Rowe’s corner ensured they took home all three points, ending the Heed’s five-game unbeaten home run in the process.
It was a disappointing defeat for the Heed, who would have felt they deserved at least a point from the match.
Gateshead (3-5-2): Hanford; Vassell, Byrne (c), Fyfield; Williams, O’Donnell, Hannant, Penn (Preston, 84’), McLaughlin; Johnson (Langstaff, 70’), Peniket (Burrow, 70’)
Subs not used: Macleod (GK), Maxwell,
Bookings: Byrne (79’)
Aldershot Town (4-4-2): Cole; Alexander, Fowler, Reynolds (c), Gallagher, Rowe, McDonnell, Arthur (Lyons-Foster, 75’), Kellermann (Oyeleke, 75’), Rendell, McClure (Robert, 62’)
Subs not used: Smith (GK), Wrightman,
Goals: Robert (83’)
Referee: Karl Evans
Attendance: 654 (127 Aldershot)