Setting The Scene
Gateshead face local rivals Spennymoor Town at the International Stadium on Tuesday evening (7:45pm kick-off) with the chance to put together back-to-back wins on offer.
The Heed secured their first home win of the season on Saturday afternoon with a 2-0 triumph over Brackley Town, thanks to goals from Michael Nelson and Joshua Kayode.
Mike Williamson’s side currently sit eighth in the National League North table following a start that has seen them defeated once in eight games.
The Moors meanwhile haven’t started the season as they’d hoped, earning five points from six games and currently sitting 19th in the table.
Jason Ainsley’s side secured their first win of the season on Saturday in dramatic fashion as they defeated Chester 2-1 with a last-minute strike from Glen Taylor.
Spennymoor arrive with a number of former Heed favourites in their ranks with James Curtis, Jamie Chandler and Rob Ramshaw regular fixtures in the starting 11 among others.
Connor Oliver is the main doubt for tomorrow’s game after being withdrawn due to injury early on against Brackley, while a few others are due to be assessed ahead of kick-off.
What We're Saying
First-team coach and defender Michael Nelson stresses Gateshead are focused solely on their own game ahead of tomorrow, telling gateshead-fc.com: “They’ve got a lot of players who’ve played for the club, so they’ll be coming back looking to try and get a positive result.
“They just got their first win as well so they’ll be a little bit buoyant.
“We know what they’re about and we know a lot of their players but we go into every game doing our homework on the other teams.
“Ultimately it’s about what we do and if we can play to our full potential and impose our game on other teams, and I’m sure we’ll come out with a good result.”
What They’re Saying
Speaking following Spennymoor’s win over Chester on Saturday, manager Jason Ainsley said: “We had all the play after that and maybe should have scored our second goal before we did, but we kept on going, and got the points.
“We scored two of the scrappiest goals you’ll ever see and got some luck, but at least we picked up the points.”
Segregation will be in place for tomorrow’s game and away supporters are to enter the International Stadium via turnstiles one and two ahead of kick-off.
Public car parking is available at the International Stadium and supporters are permitted to use all but the parking area directly outside of the stadium tomorrow evening.
Tickets can be purchased on the gate on Tuesday evening 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
For the most recent game between the two sides, you would have to go back to July 2012 when the Heed travelled to The Brewery Field in a pre-season fixture.
Interestingly, Carl Magnay, James Curtis, Rob Ramshaw and Jamie Chandler all featured for Gateshead on the day that saw the then-Northern League champions Spennymoor played out a 2-2 draw with their National League counterparts.
Magnay and Josh Gillies found the net for Gateshead while Mark Davison and former Tynesider Michael Rae struck for the hosts.