Setting The Scene
Gateshead play host to newly promoted Farsley Celtic on Saturday afternoon looking to stretch their unbeaten run under Mike Williamson to six games.
The Heed sit 11th after their unbeaten start to the season, earning their first win of the season at Kettering Town last weekend thanks to goals from Toby Lees and Joshua Kayode.
Williamson’s men had secured four successive draws prior to the win at Latimer Park, keeping clean sheets against Southport and Telford while playing out 1-1 draws against Darlington and Bradford (Park Avenue).
The Celt Army have had a mixed bag of results thus far, seeing impressive wins over Gateshead’s local rivals Darlington and Spennymoor at the Citadel while also earning an away draw at York City.
Recent away fixtures have proved more difficult for Adam Lakeland’s side with a 2-1 defeat at Chester followed by a 3-0 loss at Southport, but they remain a difficult outfit to beat at the Citadel.
Jordan Preston (ankle) is unavailable for selection after suffering an injury at Kettering last week, with Williamson having a near fully-fit squad at his disposal otherwise.
What We're Saying
Speaking to gateshead-fc.com on Friday afternoon, Williamson said: “This is an unpredictable league from what we’ve seen from all over the league, anyone can beat anyone on their day.
“We’ve just got to focus on what we’re good at and apply our principles and philosophy, it’s going to be a tough game.
“We’ve watched them a few times now, they’re big, strong and play good football when they can so we’ve got to make sure we stand up to that but also impose our game on them.”
What They’re Saying
Lakeland spoke of the importance of three points for his side this weekend, telling Farsley Celtic’s official website: “It’s [Gateshead] another tough game, they had a great season last year in the National League and they’ve been demoted for issues off the field.
“I watched them up at Darlington a couple of weeks ago and they’re very organised so it’s going to be a tough game.
“It was important we got a win [on Saturday], we’ve now had the week to rest and recover and go again.”
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Last Time We Met
Three second half goals secured victory for Gateshead the last time we met Farsley Celtic in April 2009, with the win ensuring the Heed stayed within touching distance of top spot in the National League North.
Although the Heed would go on to defeat AFC Telford United in the play-off final, at this point the league title was still within reach and strikes from Lee Novak, Darryn Stamp and Graeme Armstrong secured three points.
Gateshead ultimately finished the season in second place, while the Celt Army ended their campaign in 19th.
Gateshead XI: Musselwhite, Baxter, Cave, Gate, Curtis, Pelonde (P, Turnbull, 55’), Harwood (Francis, 80’), Dinning, Stamp (Armstrong, 68’), Novak, Phillips.