Eastleigh embark on their second long away trip in the space of five days as they make the 313-mile trip to the North East.
Saturday’s trip follows Tuesday night’s fixture away to Barrow, where despite a spirited performance, Eastleigh came up just short.
While Eastleigh have had a busy week travelling, Gateshead have had a week full of fixtures – playing Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday.
The Heed managed to claim two points out of a possible nine, and despite a busy week, Eastleigh manager Andy Hessenthaler isn’t underestimating them.
“They’re a good footballing team – when we played them earlier in the season, I thought they played some nice stuff,” said Hessenthaler.
“Their schedule this week has been quite punishing though, so it won’t be easy for them – but at the end of the day it’s another game and I’m sure they’ll find the strength to play.”
Meet the opposition:
The Heed suffered a major blow in early October, losing manager Neil Aspin to Port Vale – the reverse fixture marked Steve Watson’s first league game in charge.
It’s been a difficult season for Gateshead and they currently sit 16th in the table despite a solid run to the FA Trophy semi-final stage. They will also be looking to turn around a poor run of form, with no win in the previous five fixtures.
The previous six league fixtures have either ended in a draw or only the single goal separating the two sides.
When the two sides met in late October, they could only be separated by a 95th-minute winner.
Ben Williamson opened the scoring with a brilliant finish past goalkeeper Dan Hanford, before James Constable gave the Spitfires a two-goal advantage.
Jordan Preston halved the deficit with 16 minutes left, then Theo Vassell capitalised on a goalmouth scramble to level at the death.
However, there was more drama to come as, four minutes into stoppage-time, substitute Ben Strevens fired in from close range.
21/10/2017 – Eastleigh 3-2 Gateshead (National League)
25/03/2017 – Eastleigh 1-1 Gateshead (National League)
19/11/2016 – Gateshead 2-2 Eastleigh (National League)
16/02/2016 – Gateshead 2-1 Eastleigh (National League)
16/01/2016 – Eastleigh 1-2 Gateshead (F.A Trophy)
12/09/2015 – Eastleigh 1-2 Gateshead (National League)
How to follow:
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Gateshead v Eastleigh will be played at the on Saturday 14th April at The Gateshead International Stadium, with kick-off at 3pm.
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