Setting The Scene
Gateshead play host to Brackley Town at the International Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off) in search of their first home win of the season.
The Heed have drawn five of their opening seven games of the season and tasted defeat for the first time in the last game at the GIS, as Farsley Celtic ran out 3-0 winners.
Mike Williamson’s side fared better on the road on Bank Holiday Monday, earning a 1-1 draw against league leaders York City thanks to Connor Oliver’s penalty on the stroke of half time, leaving them 16th in the National League North.
Brackley meanwhile, sit seventh in the table with three wins to their name from seven games.
The Saints have enjoyed good results at St. James Park so far, winning all but one of their home games with only King’s Lynn Town managing to come away with any points in a 1-1 draw.
Away from home however, things have not gone as well for the 2018 FA Trophy winners. York and Leamington ensured they lost their opening two away games, before they secured a 1-1 draw at Hereford last Saturday to earn their first point away from home.
Jordan Preston (ankle) and Mike Williamson (hamstring) are both unavailable for selection tomorrow afternoon, while Michael Nelson returns to the squad after missing Bank Holiday Monday’s trip to Bootham Crescent.
What We're Saying
Speaking to gateshead-fc.com, assistant manager Ian Watson spoke of how eager the Heed are to attain their first win at the GIS.
“The first win at home is something that we really want for the fans, the players and ourselves,” he said.
“It’s something that hasn’t come yet but we’re really confident that we are going to get the first home win this Saturday.
“The sooner we get it, it can be done with and then we can kick on for the rest of the season.”
What They’re Saying
Speaking after the Saints’ 3-0 win over Gloucester City on Bank Holiday Monday, manager Kevin Wilkin said: “It was a terrific performance from start to finish.
“The way we went about our work in really tough conditions, we took three of our chances, could have scored more but the clean-sheet is vitally important also.
“It was a game when most of it came together today with some terrific individual performances and good team cohesion also.”
Tickets can be purchased on the gate on Saturday afternoon and are priced as follows:
NUFC/SAFC Season Ticket Holders (2018/19/20): £10
Under-12’s: Free with a paying adult
Last Time We Met
Saturday’s game will be the first time the two sides have faced off in league competition, with Brackley becoming part of the National League North in 2012 and remaining in the division ever since.