Match Centre

2-2
Gateshead (A)
15:00 - Saturday 6th November 2021
FA Cup (Gateshead International Stadium)
Goals: Marcus Dinanga [84'] Jake Moult [94']
Goals (Opponent): Adam Campbell [46'] Greg Olley [79']
Attendance: 1076
Referee: Thomas Parsons
Altrincham
21 Matthew Gould
6 Jake Moult (c)
10 Josh Hancock
77
11 Ryan Colclough
18 Kennedy Digie
19 David Fitzpatrick
24 Joel Senior
25 Toby Mullarkey
29 Danny Whitehead
70
31 Barry Baggley
46
23 Tom Peers
77
Substitutes
46
77
Gateshead
1 Jacob Chapman
2 Alex Nicholson
6 Mike Williamson
14 Louis Storey
24 Matty Jacob
12 Dan Ward
20 Owen Bailey
10 Greg Olley (c)
11 Adam Campbell
84
7 Macaulay Langstaff
19 Cedwyn Scott
89
Substitutes
4 Jack Hunter
84
9 Paul Blackett
89
17 Connor Pani
18 Ryan Wombwell
04 Nov 2021 by John Edwards

Ed Painter writes:

Alty will be hoping to put a difficult run of results behind them on Saturday as they head to the North-East to face Gateshead in the first round proper of the Emirates FA Cup.

With a sizable portion of the squad needing to isolate after a positive Covid-19 test, the Robins were forced into fielding a much-changed side for their last two outings against Solihull Moors and Woking, with both games ending in narrow defeats.

In their last outing at Woking last Saturday, a late goal from striker Tahvon Campbell condemned Phil Parkinson’s side to a 3-2 loss at Kingfield Stadium.

Tom Peers handed Alty the lead after 20 minutes, capping off a fine team move by curling the ball beyond the reach of Craig Ross.

Max Kretzschmar levelled the score just before the break, with the midfielder rounding Matt Gould to slot home.

Woking took the lead just beyond the hour mark when Inih Effiong finished well into the far corner before Josh Hancock drew Alty level less than 90 seconds later.

However, Campbell’s goal with 12 minutes to play proved to be the decider as the depleted Robins fell to another defeat on the road.

You can watch the highlights of that game by pressing play below.

Following that result, the Robins dropped to 10th in the Vanarama National League table, six points behind Stockport County in the final play-off place but having played one game less than the Hatters.

Last Meeting

Gateshead and Altrincham last met two seasons ago on January 18, 2020. On that occasion, goals from Nicky Deverdics and Mitch Curry saw the Robins fall to a 2-0 defeat at the Gateshead International Stadium.

Despite starting the better of the two teams, Alty entered the break a goal down when Deverdics’ in-swinging corner deceived Tony Thompson to find the back of the net in the 43rd minute.

The Robins opened the second period brightly and were applying serious pressure to the Heed’s defence but without being able to find a way through.

The home side responded well, and, in the 66th minute, they doubled their lead through Curry, whose effort struck the frame of the goal before the ball fortuitously bounced off the Middlesbrough loanee and into the back of the net.

Alty struggled to create many chances of note as Gateshead started to play some eye-catching football. Thompson needed to be at his best late on to deny the hosts a third, pulling off a terrific save to keep Scott Barrow’s strike out.

That defeat ended an eight-game unbeaten run for the Robins, who consequently dropped to 10th in the National League North table.

You can watch the highlights of that game by pressing play below

The Opponents

Saturday’s hosts came perilously close to financial ruin in 2019, with many wondering whether they would be able to survive. However, under new ownership, they have steadied the ship and will now have their sights trained on returning to Step 1 of the non-League system.

Founded in 1977 as members of the Northern Premier League, the Heed have played their football in the National League North since their demotion from the level above at the end of the 2018/19 season. Yet to be able to complete a full season, they remain on course for an impressive finish this time around, with the play-off places well within their grasp.

After nine games, Gateshead have a record of five wins, two draws and two losses to leave them ninth in the table, one point behind Kidderminster Harriers and York City in sixth and seventh but having played two games fewer than their promotion rivals.

Alongside their impressive league form, the Heed have looked just as good in the FA Cup after entering at the second qualifying round stage. Breezing past Bradford (Park Avenue) before a much closer contest against Runcorn Linnets, this weekend’s opposition were pushed all the way in the fourth qualifying round by Northern Premier League Division One East side Markse United, battling to a 0-0 draw at Mount Pleasant before returning home and seeing off their plucky opponents with a 3-2 win.

Gateshead play their football at the Gateshead International Stadium, an all-seater venue which also hosts Gateshead Harriers (Athletics), Gateshead Senators (American Football), and Gateshead Thunder (Rugby League). The stadium was opened in 1955 and currently has a capacity of 11,800.

Last Match

In their last league match against AFC Fylde, first-half goals from David Perkins and former Alty striker Joe Piggott handed the Heed their first loss in seven games.

The Coasters came close to taking the lead in the 15th minute when Luke Conlan’s inviting ball was met by Kieran Lloyd at the back post, only for him to be denied by Gateshead goalkeeper Jacob Chapman.

Fylde’s pressure eventually paid dividends four minutes later as Perkins’ stunning left-footed volley from a well-placed corner left the visiting shot-stopper with no chance.

Lloyd has impressed since joining the club on loan from Wigan Athletic, and he played an influential role in Fylde’s second goal of the game, picking Piggott out inside the penalty area with a great cross before the striker expertly turned and fired home to put Jim Bentley’s side in control.

Chris Neal was called into action in the second half to deny Dan Ward’s effort before Louis Storey struck just wide after a rare defensive mistake from the hosts.

But despite Gateshead having most of the possession in the second half, they were unable to find a way through against the National League North leaders. 

The Manager

Gateshead are coached by former Wycombe Wanderers and Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson, who was appointed as player/manager on January 14, 2019, after initially signing as a player five months earlier.

As a player, Williamson burst on to the scene with Torquay United in 2001, before being snapped up by Southampton the same year. However, he didn’t make an appearance for the Saints and after several loan moves, he joined Wycombe Wanderers in 2005.

His form at Adams Park attracted the attention of many, with Watford winning the race for his signature after four successful seasons with the Chairboys. However, a short spell at Vicarage Road, followed by an even shorter spell with Portsmouth, eventually saw the big defender signing with Newcastle United in 2010.

During his time with the Magpies, he developed a hero status among the supporters, forming a reliable partnership at the back with Fabricio Coloccini to help the club return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Towards the latter stages of his playing career, injuries troubled the current Gateshead manager. Not only was his time in the North-East cut short by injuries, subsequent spells with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Oxford United fell the same way, all before he joined up with the Heed.

This is Williamson’s first role in management, having replaced Dave Dickson in the hot seat at the Gateshead International Stadium. Since assuming the role, he has impressed many, taking his side to within two points of the National League North play-offs last season, before the campaign was abandoned due to the global pandemic.

A lot of work has also gone into rebuilding the squad, and Williamson’s record of bringing talented young players into the fold has played a big part. Goalkeeper Jacob Chapman and defender Matty Jacob have joined the club on loan from Huddersfield Town and Hull City respectively, while the strike partnership of Cedwyn Scott and Macaulay Langstaff is among the best in the league.

Last five league games

Gateshead: WWDWL (F9 A7)

Altrincham: WDLLL (F7 A8)

What are they saying?

Gateshead manager Mike Williamson spoke after their 2-0 loss to AFC Fylde.

Ticket details

Adult: £15

Concession (65+, Student, U18s, Armed Forces & Emergency Services): £10

Under 16: £5

Carer (FOC): Free

You can buy your match tickets by following the link below.

https://bit.ly/2ZJdOY4

*Please note that Altrincham supporters will be segregated in the north of the Tyne & Wear Stand. They will continue to sell tickets at the East Stand, but there will be stewards on duty to re-route you on arrival.

Listen to the game Live on Radio Robins

You can listen to live commentary on Radio Robins, sponsored by Ashley Mowers Garden Machinery.

The match sponsor is Radio Alty, and the commentary team is Mark Simpson, Ian Wilkinson and Brian Flynn.

Coverage starts at 2.45pm.

You can listen to Radio Robins in any of the following ways:

1) By visiting our Match Centre on the club website

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07 Nov 2021 by John Edwards

*The eyes have it .. Jake Moult's elation is clear for all to see as he celebrates his dramatic last-gasp equaliser. Picture by Michael Ripley.

Ed Painter reports:

Adam Campbell opened the scoring for Gateshead early in the second half, firing from 20 yards out into the bottom corner.

The hosts doubled their lead with 10 minutes left when Greg Olley’s free-kick went untouched as it sailed through the Alty penalty area before hitting the back of the net.

Marcus Dinanga gave the Robins a fighting chance in the 84th minute, turning on the spot to fire home from the edge of the six-yard box.

And seconds before the final whistle, captain Jake Moult added Altrincham’s name into the hat for the Emirates FA Cup second round draw, turning the ball in at the far post to take the tie to a replay.

Unbeaten in front of their home supporters this season, the Heed started brightly with Campbell seeing his shot blocked before excellent defending from Kennedy Digie put a stop to Cedwyn Scott’s dangerous run.

The home side had a great chance to force their way in front in the 16th minute when it looked certain that Macaulay Langstaff would turn a dangerous low ball home from close range. However, the in-form attacker couldn’t direct his effort on target, much to the relief of the men in yellow.

It seemed as though the men in black and white were able to find space in which to attack at ease. Ten minutes after almost taking the lead, Olley was given far too much room to work with, as the midfielder brought the ball forward before attempting to play in a team-mate. However, he put too much weight on his pass and the ball was dealt with by Alty keeper Matt Gould.

In the 38th minute, in what was the Robins’ best chance of the half, Barry Baggley and Ryan Colclough linked up well down the right-hand side before the latter threaded the needle to find Joel Senior, charging through on goal. After the defender won his side a corner, the Robins were unable to capitalise as the ball was blazed over at the far post from the resulting set-piece.

Only the excellent reactions of Gould kept the scores level just before the break as the ‘keeper quickly reacted to seeing Olley being played through on goal. Racing his opponent to get to the ball first, the Alty ‘keeper threw his body on the line to prevent the Heed captain from shooting.

Much like the first half, Gateshead came out of the blocks all guns blazing in the second period, but this time they were able to make a breakthrough. In the 47th minute, Campbell found himself in enough space to have a crack at goal from 20 yards out, with his effort evading the reach of Gould.

Approaching the hour mark, Phil Parkinson’s side were starting to look like their normal selves, spreading the ball around and making it difficult for the opposition defence.

In the 57th minute, their play almost bagged them an equaliser, but after Peers couldn’t quite get a touch to a dangerous cross, Gateshead player-manager Mike Williamson almost turned the ball into his own net. The defender was spared his blushes when a teammate came to his aid to punt the ball to safety.

The more bodies Alty were throwing forward, the more space was left for the Heed to exploit, and in the 62nd minute, Scott fired at goal from no more than a couple of yards out. Thankfully, another excellent save from Gould prevented the hosts from doubling their lead.

However, there was nothing the shot-stopper could do with 10 minutes left, as Olley’s free-kick was left by everyone inside the Alty penalty area, with the ball eventually finding its way into the back of the net, past the unsighted Robins’ ‘keeper.

Brought on to make an impact moments before that strike, Dinanga didn’t take long to make his mark on the game, giving Parkinson’s men something to fight for. In the 84th minute, the striker controlled the ball brilliantly and turned on a sixpence, before firing past Chapman in the Gateshead net.

The mood of the crowd had changed from excited to nervous in a matter of seconds as the home supporters were desperate to see their side hold on for just a little longer.

However, with almost nothing left on the clock, a long ball into the Gateshead penalty area was headed towards the direction of Moult at the far post. After controlling the ball in the swirling wind, the Alty captain managed to squeeze the ball past the fingertips of the Gateshead ‘keeper to ensure that Altrincham would live to fight another day.

Final Score: Gateshead 2 Altrincham 2

FT: Well then, not the best performance in the world from the Robins but you can never doubt our never say die attitude.Jake Moult's goal right at the death forces the game into a replay. (2-2)
94' ALL SQUARE!!! Who else but Moulty to tuck it home! (2-2)
92' Cross after cross going into the home penalty area now. (2-1)
90' Five minutes of added time. (2-1)
87' Gateshead have a great chance to put the game to bed, but Senior is on hand to throw his body in the way of the ball. (2-1)
86' Almost in on goal is Colclough, but the 'keeper reads the danger well and smothers the ball. (2-1)
83' THAT'S ONE BACK!! Great turn and finish from Dinanga, following a great cross from Kosylo. (2-1)
79' A second for Gateshead. A free-kick into the box misses everyone and hits the back of the net. (2-0)
78' Mullarkey enters the referee's book. (1-0)
77' Wasted by the Heed. Two more changes for Alty as Dinanga and Walker come on for Hancock and Peers (1-0)
76' Digie fouls his man and the Heed have a free-kick right in the edge of the box. The defender is booked. (1-0)
75' Fifteen minutes remain here at the Gateshead International Stadium. (1-0)
70' A second change for Alty. Adam Porter on to make his debut for the Robins, replacing Whitehead. (1-0)
68' More excellent defending from Digie, who prevents Scott the chance to shoot. (1-0)
66' Great turn from Colclough, who leaves the defender rooted to the spot. His cross to the far post is just over the head of Kosylo. (1-0)
62' Straight up the other end, Colclough's curling shot is parried by the 'keeper, before Peers' effort is blocked on the line. (1-0)
62' WHAT A SAVE FROM GOULD!! The hosts looked almost certain to score, but the 'keeper spread himself well to block the shot. (1-0)
61' The Robins living dangerously here. Only a late touch from Senior denies the Heed another chance on goal. (1-0)
57' ALMOST FROM ALTY. A low cross into the box evades the foot of Peers by a matter of inches, before Williamson almost turns the ball into his own net. (1-0)
55' Bailey surges forward with the ball and has a shot from 20-yards out. His attempt takes a wicked deflection and Gould gathers comfortably. (1-0)
53' Mullarkey tries his luck from range, but his shot is well over Chapman's crossbar. (1-0)
51' Alty almost caught out trying to play the ball out from the back. Thankfully a shot from just outside the area is narrowly wide of the bottom corner. (1-0)
46' Gateshead have the lead. Campbell fires into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. (1-0)
46' We are back underway. Parkinson has made one change, bringing on Matty Kosylo in place of Barry Baggley. COME ON YOU REDS!! (0-0)
HT: There is nothing to separate the two sides at the halfway point. Gateshead started the better of the two sides, but Alty grew into the game as the half went along. (0-0)
45' There will be two minutes of added time. (0-0)
44' The Heed are through on goal but Gould bravely smothers the ball at the attacker's feet. (0-0)
40' Danny Whitehead catches his man and Gateshead have a free-kick midway into the Alty half. The midfielder picks up a booking. (0-0)
38' Brilliant play from Alty. Baggley and Colclough link up brilliantly down the right, before the attacker feeds Senior through into the box. Alty win a corner, but it is headed over at the far post. (0-0)
34' Free-kick to Alty after Moult is brought down in the centre circle. Dan Ward is the player who gets a yellow. (0-0)
30' Good play from Digie and Colclough down the left-hand side. (0-0)
27' Colclough is brought down by Campbell, who picks up a yellow card. Free-kick Alty. (0-0)
26' A through ball from Olley is over hit and comfortably rolls through to Gould. (0-0)
21' It is a poor effort and doesn't beat the first man. (0-0)
20' First corner of the game for Alty. (0-0)
18' Another corner for Gateshead. The hosts enjoying the better of the play so far. (0-0)
16' Almost an opener for the Heed. A dangerous ball across the face of goal is almost turned home by Langstaff, but he misses from a matter of yards. (0-0)
12' Cedwyn Scott looks to have broken the Alty defensive line, but excellent recovery play from Digie denies the striker. (0-0)
9' Campbell receives the ball just inside the edge of the box, but his shot is blocked well by Moult. (0-0)
7' Hancock tries to surge forward with the ball but is brought down by two black and white shirts. (0-0)
6' A lung-bursting run on the counter from Baggley, but the Gateshead defender recovers well. (0-0)
5' Gateshead have a corner after Mullarkey slices a clearance. (0-0)
3' Joel Senior controls the ball well but is fouled by the Heed attacker and we have a free-kick. (0-0)
We are underway. COME ON ALTY! (0-0)
Both sets of team make their way out onto the pitch now. Kick-off is a matter of minutes away.
Half an hour to go until kick-off as both sets of players go through their warm ups. The rain has thankfully stopped although it is still quite nippy, even in the press box.
Altrincham Team News: Starting XI: Matty Gould, Jake Moult (c), Josh Hancock, Ryan Colclough, Kennedy Digie, David Fitzpatrick, Tom Peers, Joel Senior, Toby Mullarkey, Danny Whitehead, Barry Baggley. Subs: Shaun Densmore, Adam Porter, Marcus Dinanga, Matty Kosylo, Steven Drench, Tom Walker.
Gateshead Team News: Starting XI: Jacob Chapman, Alex Nicholson, Louis Storey, Mike Williamson, Matty Jacob, Owen Bailey, Greg Olley, Dan Ward, Adam Campbell, Cedwyn Scott, Macaulay Langstaff. Subs: Jack Hunter, Paul Blackett, Connor Pani, Ryan Wombwell.
Seems that the Altrincham squad have arrived and this afternoon's Radio Robins commentary team has just turned up too. We will make sure to get you some team news as soon as possible.
Good afternoon and welcome to the Gateshead International Stadium for this afternoon's Emirates FA Cup First Round tie against Gateshead. It is a bit of a soggy one at the Gateshead International Stadium but as long as we can get a win today, who really cares? The Robins will be looking for their first win in three games after defeats to Eastleigh, Solihull Moors, and Woking, while our hosts will be looking to bounce back after a 2-0 defeat to AFC Fylde. Your match updates will be brought to you live by Ed Painter.