It will be the toughest test so far for the boys and, with another hot day forecast, most of the squad will play for just forty five minutes.
Gateshead have been training and bonding at an outdoor centre in Cumbria this week and, on Wednesday, salvaged a 2-2 draw at Barrow. They were 2-0 down (Gareth Arnison scoring his first Barrow goal against them) but staged a late rally with a cracking Micky Cummings strike and a close range Ben Clark effort.
Last Saturday, they inflicted a 2-1 defeat upon Scottish Premier League newcomers, Partick Thistle.
Reds, in contrast, have yet to win but were well satisfied with the draws against Annan Athletic and Carlisle United.
No fewer than twenty five players have been used in the two games to date and there will, no doubt, be more new faces in the forthcoming weeks. Manager Darren Edmondson, who will leave for a well deserved holiday this week-end, has managed to attract some high profile players to trial but whether they will still be here in a month’s time remains to be seen.
Willie Gibson, who has previously played for Queen of the South, Kilmarnock, Dunfermline, Crawley Town, St. Johnstone and Falkirk, is one of a trio of Scots who have played with Dom Kennedy (ex. St Mirren and Dumbarton) and Greg Fleming (formerly with Gretna, Oldham Athletic, Dunfermline, Galway United and Grimsby Town) catching the eye during their time on the pitch.
David Lynch (Burnley, Droylsden, Stalybridge Celtic and Burscough), Michael Potts (Blackburn Rovers and York City), Isle of Man footballer Conor Doyle and Newcastle based, Tito Davidson have also impressed so far.
Add to that the invaluable experience of the old guard – Kyle May, Lee Andrews, Gavin Skelton and the two Wrights plus the exuberance of youth in the shape of the Smith twins, Jake and Sam, Stephen Hindmarch, Ben McKenna and Conor Tinnion has left supporters a little more optimistic than they were a few weeks ago.
The admission prices are £6.00 Adult & £3.00 Concessions
Updated 17:48 - 12 Jul 2013 by Paul Armstrong