Setting the Scene
Gateshead take on Curzon Ashton at the International Stadium on Tuesday evening (7:45pm kick-off) in search of three points before Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup first round clash with Oldham Athletic.
The Heed’s six-game unbeaten run at home ground to a halt at the hands of Guiseley on Saturday, as the Lions ran out 3-2 winners despite being run close by the hosts in the final 15 minutes of the game.
Josh Kayode’s seventh goal of the season during Saturday’s game takes him to the top of the goalscoring charts from a Gateshead perspective, with JJ O’Donnell one behind him on six for the season.
The Heed now sit 14th in the National League North table, albeit with games in hand on many of those above, while Curzon Ashton are faring slightly worse off as of late – currently occupying 21st place.
The Nash earned themselves a 2-2 draw away to Gloucester City at the weekend with Sean Miller netting his fifth of the season to end a three-game losing streak.
Mark Bradshaw’s men haven’t hit their stride as of yet, with their last win coming at home against Darlington on August 12, while they are yet to win away this season.
Mike Williamson’s men are in good shape coming into tomorrow’s game, just three days after being in action against Guiseley, with no injuries to report.
What We're Saying
Williamson stressed that his side are keen to move forward by gaining three points tomorrow night, telling gateshead-fc.com: “The lads are looking forward to playing tomorrow.
“It’s a quick turnaround, which everyone knows in football is a benefit when you come off the wrong end of a result.
“When you don’t give your best performance you can’t wait to go out there and right the wrongs, so we’ve looked over it, analysed it and we’ll do everything we can to get the win tomorrow night.”
“You want to start the game with energy and tempo, we’ve had a few games called off and a bit of an up and down week but that’s no excuse.
“The fact is we didn’t turn up [against Guiseley] and we didn’t do our jobs top to bottom, me included.”
What They’re Saying
Speaking to Curzon Ashton’s official website following Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Gloucester City, manager Mark Bradshaw said: “We showed a little more belief.
“All of a sudden we’ve got a lot of competition for places. Somebody I spoke to during the week, asking their opinion on us, and he said the last time I saw you was at Guiseley.
“When he looked at our last team compared to the Guiseley game he said where’s your back four, keeper and midfield, we’ve had that many injuries and bad luck in a short space of time.
“I thought we were unlucky today in terms of getting the right decisions from the referee. A definite penalty could have put us 3-2 up and then they’ve got to throw everything at us and it changes the game.”
Segregation will be in place for tomorrow’s fixture, and away fans can enter the International Stadium via turnstile number one.
Tickets will be available on the gate at the International Stadium on Tuesday night, and are priced as follows:
Adults - £15
NUFC/SAFC Season Ticket holders - £10
Concessions - £8
Under-16’s - £5
Under-12’s – FREE (with a paying adult)