Match Preview: Gateshead FC vs Southport FC

Gateshead are battling to return the National League at the first time of asking

National League North leaders Gateshead host 12th placed Southport in another must-win game.

‘The Heed’ are two points clear of second place Brackley Town, who welcome relegation threatened Blyth Spartans this weekend.

Gateshead have lost just one in the last ten, being the most on form side in the league in that time with 23 points.

Southport have been considerably less dominant, with zero wins in this period, they have accumulated just five points of the 30 available.

Southport’s manager Liam Watson has said this is a “massive game” for Gateshead.

“It’s a massive game for them because now Brackley have won. I think Brackley take all nine points out of the remaining three, so they (Brackley) can’t afford another slip.

“There’s pressure again on Gateshead as well, but it’s a pressured game for us” as the Southgrounder’s remain five points away from the play-off positions.

The sides last met in September of last year, where the spoils were shared in a 3-3 thriller.

The Heed Army fought back from a 2-goal deficit with 15 minutes to play to earn a point at the Pure Stadium.

Cedwyn Scott hit home in the 77th minute to make it 3-2, before Macauley Langstaff broke Port’s hearts in the 95th minute.

Scott and Langstaff have continued their goalscoring form since then, with 23 and 26 league goals respectively.

The game will kick off at three pm on Saturday 30th April at the Gateshead International Stadium.