Setting The Scene
Gateshead host Bradford (Park Avenue) on Tuesday evening (7:45pm kick-off) in search of their first win of the National League North season.
The Heed are yet to lose this season, having drawn three from three so far against Southport, Darlington and AFC Telford United.
Mike Williamson’s side have secured two clean sheets so far with solid defensive displays, but are now looking to find the net at the other end to secure three points.
The Avenue have endured a rough start to the season having ended last season inside the play-off places, losing all three games so far.
Heavy 5-0 defeats against Guiseley and Curzon Ashton led to the departure of manager Garry Thompson, with Marcus Law presiding over their 3-0 loss to Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday.
Michael Nelson (shoulder) will be unavailable after being taken off at AFC Telford United on Saturday, while Nicky Deverdics could be in line to make his second Gateshead debut should his international clearance come through in time for Tuesday’s game.
What We're Saying
Speaking to gateshead-fc.com ahead of Tuesday’s game, player-manager Mike Williamson said: “Every game is a good chance for three points for us.
“Obviously it’s a big game, we want to play good football and we want to move the ball well.
“We’re looking for our first win and we’re very confident that we’ll be able to do that.”
What They’re Saying
Speaking after Bradford (Park Avenue)’s 3-0 defeat against Kidderminster on Saturday, interim manager Marcus Law told the club’s official website of his young squad: “Confidence can be up and down quite rapidly, so we’ve got to nurture and we’ve got to look after them.
“We’ve got to get some experience in there to help the core of young players who can obviously deliver, it’s really tough to have a whole squad of them in this league because it’s relentless.
“I think we made two mistakes in the first half and got punished, and rightly so.”
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
The last time Gateshead hosted Bradford (Park Avenue) was in a Northern Premier League Premier Division fixture in January 2006, with the Heed emerging 2-1 victors.
A 70th minute penalty from Paul Thompson was swiftly followed by a strike from Terry Taylor to ensure the hosts defeated the 10-man Avenue, with Damien Dunne sent off after an alleged stamp on Keith Graydon.
The win saw the Heed extend their unbeaten run to five games as they ultimately finished 17th at the end of the 2005/06 season.
Gateshead XI: Keen, Laws, Smith, Uttley, Taylor, Curtis, Graydon, Johnston, Thompson, Trodden, Robinson, (Buzzeo, 68’).
Unused subs: Robertson, Gardiner