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Preview | Gateshead (a)

8 March 2019

Vanarama National League – The Gateshead International Stadium – Saturday 9th March 2019 – KO: 15:00

Barnet will be hoping to return to winning ways after Tuesday night’s defeat to Halifax Town when they travel to Gateshead on Saturday.

Last Meeting:

The Bees will be looking to inflict revenge on tomorrow’s opposition after losing 2-1 when the Heed came to The Hive London earlier on in the season.

Jack Taylor cancelled out Scott Boden’s 20th minute opener just shy of the hour mark before Luke Armstrong bagged the winner with 13 minutes remaining.

Manager: Ben Clark

Ben Clark was named Gateshead’s permanent boss in January following the departure of Steve Watson and is yet to taste defeat in his new role.

After progressing in the youth set-up at Manchester United and Sunderland, the 36-year-old eventually went on to make a handful of senior appearances for the latter. He then played for Hartlepool before spending six years at Gateshead, featuring over 250 times. He also skippered the Tynesiders and helped them to a National League play-off final finish in 2014. Injury forced him to retire in 2016 whilst at South Shields before he took up a coaching role at the Heed.

One to Watch: Steven Rigg

Striker Steven Rigg will be going into tomorrow’s game in high spirits, hoping to prolong his recent goal scoring form.

The 26-year-old, who has eight goals to his name this season, has bagged three in his last three and will be hoping for a fourth in as many games tomorrow.

Rigg also has EFL experience under his belt having spent two separate spells in League Two with Carlisle United.

Recent League Form:

Gateshead, who occupy the final play-off spot in seventh, are unbeaten in their previous five league games.

A 2-1 win away at Dover at the start of February was followed up by a 0-0 draw at home to Havant & Waterlooville in their next fixture. However, they returned to winning ways a week later, beating Dagenham & Redbridge 2-0 before settling for a 1-1 draw at home to Wrexham. They go into tomorrow’s game off the back of a victory though, beating Aldershot Town 2-0 at the weekend.

As for their home form, the Heed have won seven of their 18 league games at the Gateshead International Stadium this season but are yet to taste victory on home soil in 2019. They have also bagged 46 goals, conceding 33.


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