Barnet Football Club

BARNET FOOTBALL CLUB

Match Preview | Gateshead

The Bees welcome Gateshead to The Hive on Saturday afternoon as Dean Brennan’s men look to maintain their push for the play-offs.

 

Barnet come into the match on the back of a 1-1 draw versus local rivals Boreham Wood. Brennan’s squad will be looking to put another 3 points on the board, with a win seeing the side go 8 points clear of Southend United.

 

Gateshead United visit The Hive having won 2 of their last 5 matches, with the most recent result being a 2-2 draw versus York City. Gateshead, otherwise known as the Tynesiders, will be desperate to leave the Hive with all 3 points as they look to avoid relegation to the 6th tier of English football.

 

Barnet and Gateshead have met a total of 7 times, with both sides having 3 wins to their name and the two only ever settling for a point once. The last meeting came earlier in the season when the final score was 2-2.

 

Nickname: Tynesider’s

Founded: 1936

Stadium: Gateshead International Stadium (11,800)

Manager: Mike Williamson

Top Scorer: Adam Campbell (6)

League Position: 20th

Form: LLWWD

Recent Result: Gateshead 2 – 2 York City

 

One to watch: Adam Campbell

Adam Campbell, Gateshead’s top scorer in the 2022/23 campaign, has scored a total of 6 goals so far this season. Campbell averages a goal every 345 minutes.

 

While the stats are not that impressive on paper, there is no doubt about how important Campbell is to his side.

 

Campbell is an ever-present in Mike Williamson’s starting 11, with the striker starting 96% of all possible games this season and playing 96% of all possible minutes.

 

Campbell’s total of 6 goals so far this campaign has contributed towards 20% of all the goals scored by Gateshead.

 

The striker also offers his side some immense versatility, with the attacker playing as a left winger, right winger, second striker and centre-forward.

 

In the dugout:  Mike Williamson

Mike Williamson, who also plays as centre-back for Gateshead, is a player-manager for the North-Eastern side.

 

Williamson, the 39-year-old Stoke born man, began his football career at Torquay United and has since played for the likes of Newcastle United, Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

 

Williamson has made over 300 professional appearances, winning the Championship with Newcastle as well as promotion with both Torquay United and Wycombe Wanderers.

 

Williamson began his career in management in 2019 when after Gateshead found themselves demoted into National League North. Since being appointed as player-manager, Williamson has got Gateshead back into the National League as well as winning National League North manager of the year in 2021-22.

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