Setting The Scene
Gateshead travel to AFC Telford United on Saturday afternoon (3pm kick-off) in search of their first win of the 2019/20 National League North season.
The Heed visit the New Bucks Head on the back of two draws against Southport, and most recently, local rivals Darlington on Wednesday night.
JJ O’Donnell netted Gateshead’s first goal of the season midway through the first half at Blackwell Meadows, but Michael Liddle’s late equaliser ensured the Heed remain 14th in the league table.
Telford meanwhile lost their opening game 2-1 away to Kettering Town, but bounced back in midweek with a 2-0 win over full-time outfit Kidderminster Harriers.
Gavin Cowan’s side currently sit seventh in the league table – one position above where they ended the previous campaign, narrowly missing out on a play-off place.
Jordan Preston has returned to training following a knee injury picked up in pre-season, and will be back in contention alongside the Heed’s newest signing Nicky Deverdics.
Elliot Forbes is not an injury worry after picking up a knock against Darlington in midweek.
What We're Saying
Speaking to gateshead-fc.com ahead of their first long away trip of the season, defender and first-team coach Michael Nelson is looking to repeat the fast start seen in midweek: “It’s going to be a long trip, so it’s a chance for the boys to have a little bit of bonding time on the coach.
“Everything has been pretty local up to now so it will be nice to get on the road and get down there.
“They’re coming off the back of a good win so we’re looking to get there, start as quickly as we can like we did against Darlington and hopefully get in front and stay in front.”
What They’re Saying
Telford boss Cowan praised the Bucks’ fans following Tuesday night’s win over Kidderminster, telling the Shropshire Star: “The fans have got good reason to turn up and show their support after what we did last season, and it’s what we need.
“The supporters were different class on Tuesday night and they have proven themselves to be right behind the team time and again.
“I think they appreciated the performance we put in on Tuesday, so hopefully we can put in another good one for them.”
Please be aware that tickets will NOT be available to purchase on the gate, but can be purchased at the ticket office at the New Bucks Head or online via afctelfordunited.ticketco.events.
Segregation will not be in place on Saturday afternoon and Gateshead fans are permitted to purchase tickets for any area of the stadium.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Students & 16-19 Yr Olds (ID Required) £5.00
Under 16’s: £1
Last Time We Met
The two sides last met in a National League fixture in March 2015 at the New Bucks Head, with Michael Rankine’s strike in the fifth minute enough to see Gateshead secure a 1-0 win after winning the reverse fixture 4-1 at the International Stadium.
Perhaps the most memorable fixture between the two sides however, came in May 2009 on Tyneside in the National League North play-off final.
Wayne Phillips’ free-kick in the 82nd minute sent the International Stadium into pandemonium as he secured promotion to the National League for Gateshead in their first season in the Conference North – a game in which current Telford boss Cowan played.
Gateshead XI (May 2009): Musselwhite, Baxter, Cave, Gate, Curtis, Jones, Harwood, P. Turnbull, Armstrong, Novak, Phillips.
Substitutes: Stamp, Provett, Dinning, Hocking, S. Turnbull.
Telford United XI (May 2009): Young, Vaughan, Meredith, Cowan, Whitehead, Blakeman, Nwadike, Rodgers, Carey-Bertram, Brown, Edwards.
Substitutes: Jagielka, Vermiglio, Turner, Danks, Moore.