Setting The Scene
Gateshead travel to table-toppers York City on Monday afternoon with a host of familiar faces in wait, both in management and in playing staff.
The Heed suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday as Farsley Celtic ran out 3-0 winners thanks to three second half goals at the International Stadium.
Mike Williamson’s side remain unbeaten on the road, earning draws at Darlington and AFC Telford United as well as 2-1 win at Kettering Town most recently.
The Minstermen meanwhile have stormed to the top of the table, winning five from their opening six games under former Gateshead managerial duo Steve Watson and Micky Cummins.
York have won two from three at Bootham Crescent, defeating Brackley Town and Leamington after playing out a goalless draw with Farsley Celtic – conceding no goals in the process.
Former Gateshead men Kieran Green, Joe Tait, Jordan Burrow, Macaulay Langstaff, Paddy McLaughlin and Wes York currently ply their trade in a York shirt and will prove familiar faces for the travelling Heed Army.
Jordan Preston (ankle) remains unavailable for selection for Monday’s trip to Bootham Crescent and is the only confirmed absentee from Williamson’s squad.
What We're Saying
Speaking to Gateshead-fc.com after Saturday’s defeat against Farsley Celtic, Williamson said: “It’ll be a massive task, we know they’re comfortably favourites to win the league.
“They’ve got an extremely experienced and good squad and we look forward to it.
“It will be a huge competition and a huge task for us but the lads and myself relish that opportunity to go and give a good performance.”
What They’re Saying
Watson spoke to the York Press following his side’s 4-1 win at Spennymoor Town on Saturday, saying: "We have played better than that and won by less this season.
"But there are lots of ways to win a game.
"It's obviously pleasing against one of the toughest teams to win against, and it's another win under our belts.
"They've strengthened this year and they'll be up around it.
"It was good to come here and make another mark.
"I've rarely been disappointed with our defending this season but their goal was not a great example of it."
Admission will be by payment at the turnstiles. Gateshead supporters should enter via the Grosvenor Road turnstiles numbers 14 – 23.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Over 65’s and Young Persons 18-21 carrying valid Photo ID: £10
Under 18’s: £5
Once inside the ground there are 332 seats available for away supporters in the Popular Stand. Transfer to these seats is available on a first come, first served basis and there is an additional £1 transfer charge.
Disabled Supporter Accommodation is available and supporters should call York City’s Ticket Office on 01904 624447.
Last Time We Met
Gateshead tasted victory twice the last time the two teams were in the same league during the 2016/17 season, during which York were relegated to the National League North.
A first minute strike by Danny Johnson put the Heed ahead at Bootham Crescent in February 2017, before goals from current Minstermen Paddy McLaughlin and Wes York secured a 3-1 win for the visitors.
Gateshead enjoyed even more success at the International Stadium that season, storming to a 6-1 win over York in August 2016 thanks to five second half goals.
Gateshead XI (Feb 2017): Montgomery; Bolton, Smith (Brundle, 83’), York, Hogan, Smith, Fyfield, Mafuta, McLaughlin, Johnson (Beere, 70’), Burrow.
Unused subs: Ajala, MacDonald, Hannant.