Mike Williamson’s Gateshead have had their promotion charge dented recently after a run of five games without a win.
However, a resounding victory over Alfreton Town has thrown the Heed back within the mix of a play-off place.
Going into the busy Christmas schedule, we look at which five games over the course of the next three months which could define their season.
Boston United (Away) – 21 December 2019
The Heed are currently four points and two positions behind their fellow play-off contenders and an away win in Lincolnshire would prove a huge statement of intent.
Williamson’s men enjoyed an enthralling 3-0 victory at home to Boston and a repeat result would take the Tynesider’s within a point of seventh-placed Boston.
Spennymoor Town (Away) – 28 December 2019
Just days after the Boxing Day derby at home to Blyth Spartans the Heed travel to another play-off contender in Spennymoor Town.
Jake O’Donnell’s third-minute strike in September secured Gateshead the points in the earlier meeting this season and another victory could reduce the gap.
However, Gateshead have struggled on the road as of the past two months having only taken two points from a possible 21 since late August.
Blyth Spartans (Away) – 1 January 2020
The Spartans may be struggling at the bottom end of the table but the prospect of a local derby away from home is the perfect game for Gateshead to improve their away record.
Dropped points to a 21st-placed Blyth would put serious questions over Gateshead’s ability to actually push for a place in the play-off spots.
King’s Lynn Town (Home) – 7 March 2020
Although King’s Lynn currently top the table with Adam Marriott firing them to a late 1-0 victory over the Heed – they were pushed till the end in a tight affair.
Williamson’s side on the whole fair much better at home so this could prove a scalp for Gateshead and an unexpected point or even three if they can match their fighting spirit from two weeks ago.
Southport (Away) – 14 March 2020
The following game after King’s Lynn will see Gateshead travel to Merseyside to face a current play-off spot holder.
Again, the Heed faired well against Southport at home as they held the Mersysider’s to a 0-0 draw on the opening game of the season.
However, come March it is likely the table will have shuffled dramatically but should Gateshead still find themselves in a play-off battle this could prove a huge game.