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Important Information

Due to other events taking place at the International Stadium on Saturday, on-site car parking will be limited.

Setting the Scene

This Saturday sees Bromley make the 600-mile round trip from London to Tyneside looking to push themselves away from the relegation zone.

The Ravens sit just four points above the bottom four as their league season reaches its midway point at the International Stadium.

Bromley started November with a 4-0 win against Hartlepool but failed to win any of the four games that followed, losing three.

Midfielder Frankie Sutherland scored a brace in that game, with both coming from the spot, and is The Ravens’ top goal scorer so far this season with seven goals to his name.

Strikers Omar Bugiel and Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe are both just one behind, on six, but Ogedi-Uzokwe has not scored since the start of October and Bugiel has missed the last three games.

Last time out Bromley looked set to secure three points against Chesterfield after a first-half goal from George Porter, but a 90th-minute Zavon Hines penalty rescued a point for Chesterfield.

Bromley travel to Tyneside with history firmly on their side. The London club have lost just once in nine matches against the Heed, back in April 2016 on their first visit to the International Stadium.

The Ravens have won six of the other eight meetings, including the game at Hayes Lane back in August where Ogedi-Uzokwe struck late to win his side the game.

While Bromley denied the Heed a return to Wembley last season, they went on to lose to National League North side Brackley Town on penalties in the FA Trophy final.

Both sides get their Trophy campaigns underway for the season next weekend.

Team News

Steve Watson is expecting to have a fully fit squad to choose from on Saturday. Greg Olley will miss the game through suspension after being sent off at Leyton Orient last weekend.

What We’re Saying

Gateshead manager Steve Watson said in his pre-match preview: “It does feel like we’ve been away (from the International Stadium) a while, we’ve have a tough run of games like we said we were going to have.

“Saturday was tough and obviously a disappointing result in the end but I wasn’t totally disappointed with the performance. There were a lot of good things that we’ll look to carry into Bromley on Saturday.

“I think the system Bromley have been playing has been similar to ours with little variations. They’ve just signed a new striker that we know a bit about.

“Our home form has picked up recently, we’ve been hard to beat at home the past three or four games and we need to keep that going on Saturday because the two league games before Christmas are both winnable and we have to believe that.

“If we can pick up maximum points before Christmas then it puts us back in a really good position.”

 

What They’re Saying

Speaking to Kentishfootball.co.uk after their late draw at Chesterfield, Bromley boss Neil Smith said: “I thought they were outstanding. I just said how proud I am and honoured to be their manager after a performance like that.

“When you go away from home, see their stadium and the players that they’ve got, to leave it until the last minute was disappointing in that respect but I couldn’t be more pleased with the performance.
“This league is getting more and more difficult when you’ve got a club like Chesterfield with the facilities they’ve got and everything else. We’re disappointed going home with a draw, so I’m delighted with the players that we got the result.”

Stat Attack

Saturday’s match at the International Stadium will be the fifth time Gateshead have played Bromley in 2018. No other National League sides have met more often this calendar year.

Coverage

@GatesheadFC will be providing minute-by-minute match updates via Twitter. There will also be goal updates on the club’s Facebook page.

Ticketing Info

Tickets available to buy on the gate at the International Stadium.

Adults: £15

NUFC/SAFC season ticket holders: £10

Concessions: £8

Students/U18s: £5

U12s: Free (must be accompanied by an adult)

Last Time We Met

Back in August, Bromley ended Gateshead’s unbeaten start to the National League seasons at Hayes Lane as a late goal from substitute Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe ensured three points went to the home side.

Both teams saw chances to gain the lead pass by but it was Ogedi-Uzokwe who had the deciding touch as his 88th minute header bounced in off the underside of the bar.

 

Bromley (3-4-1-2): Gregory; Adebayo-Rowling (Meekums, 79’), Sutherland, R. Johnson (c), Raymond, Higgs, Okoye, Goodman, Porter, Goddard (D. Johnson, 90+1’), Bugiel (Ogedi-Uzokwe, 68’).

Subs not used: Huxter, Taylor.

Goals: Ogdei-Uzokwe (88’)

Bookings: Bugiel (58’), Porter (67’)

Gateshead (3-4-3): Pears; Tinkler (c), Kerr, Mellish; Salkeld (Thomson, 45’), Hunter, Olley, O’Donnell; Rigg (White, 61’), Armstrong, Boden.

Subs not used: Foden, Maloney, Devitt.

Goals: none

Bookings: Thomson (69’)

Referee: Simeon Lucas/Scott Rudd

Attendance: 1078 (26 Gateshead)

MOTM: Robbie Tinkler

 

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