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Gateshead vs. Latics

1 September 2023

Club News

Gateshead vs. Latics

1 September 2023

Latics travel to the north for the first time this season, looking to pick up their first three points on the road this season.

Last season, Latics faced the Heed three times, losing twice, and drawing one. Our first matchup came in the FA Trophy, originally scheduled to take place at the Gateshead International Stadium, it was moved to Boundary Park due to floodlight issues.


Gateshead came out on top, with two late goals sending them through to the next round. The first league fixture, a month later, was better. Oldham went 2-0 up, but again, two late goals from the visitors allowed them to snatch a point at the death.

It was a tough night for Latics at the reverse fixture, as they lost 3-1, with David Unsworth’s side looking for a better result coming into this weekend’s fixture.

The opposition

Gateshead have made a mixed start to the National League campaign, their good form at the end of last season has been followed up by two wins, two draws, and two losses. 

Both of their wins saw them register four goals, the first being a 4-2 victory away at Dagenham, with the next coming four days later at home to Ebbsfleet, seeing them off with a 4-1 win.

Their last match, a 0-0 draw, coincidentally, was a replay of May’s FA Trophy final, which Halifax won 1-0 via Jamie Cooke’s goal just before half-time.

Gateshead’s Last Six 

Gateshead 2-2 Boreham Wood

Hartlepool 2-1 Gateshead

Dag & Red 2-4 Gateshead

Gateshead 4-1 Ebbsfleet United

Gateshead 1-3 Woking

Halifax 0-0 Gateshead

One to watch

Marcus Dinanga was in fine form for Gateshead last season, netting seven times in 18 appearances as part of their reassurance during the later stages of the last campaign.

And the 25-year-old centre-forward has carried that good form into this season, bagging four goals in six games so far this season, including a brace against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Born in DR Congo, Marcus previously played for Altrincham, Stevenage and Telford, having started his career at Burton. He joined Gateshead in February on an 18 month deal.

In the dugout

Mike Williamson has been in charge since the club were relegated to the National League North in 2019, after two seasons were interrupted by lockdowns, he led his side to promotion in the 2021/22 season.

Last campaign was tough for Mike, managing in the National League for the first time, his side were battling relegation at Christmas, but he soon adapted, eventually finishing 14th.

It got so dire at Gateshead we'd bring our own sandwiches'

Match officials

Tomorrow’s referee is Garreth Rhodes, he’ll be assisted by Danny Guest and Ashley Royston. Benjamin Tomlinson will take up the role of fourth official.

Match coverage and information

The match will be broadcast live on TNT Sports, with the programme starting at 5:00pm ahead of a 5:30pm kick-off.

Supporters outside of the UK and Ireland will still be able to stream the game through National League TV.

Please note that, as the game has been selected by TNT Sports, it will not be available on National League's streaming service in this country.

Live audio commentary is available on Latics Player, guiding you through the match.

For more information, visit the Latics Player page by clicking here.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC

As always, we will endeavour to ensure confirmation of the line-up is published as soon as possible on social media.

However, supporters should note that team sheets in the National League are not exchanged until an hour before kick-off. This is 15 minutes later than in the EFL and as a result, the line-up is likely to be published slightly later than in previous seasons.

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