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Preview: Gateshead vs Solihull Moors
*Moors Travel to the North East for Re Arranged League Fixture - by John Clothier*
PUBLISHED: 12th Mar 18

Moors visit the International Stadium at Gateshead tomorrow evening (7.45 kick-off) in the Vanarama National League. Here’s your full pre-match preview…

Moors will be looking to put last week’s very narrow defeat at second placed Sutton United behind them but will be only too aware that at the same time Gateshead put 7 (seven!) past Maidenhead.


The “Heed” sit midway in the National League. They have accumulated 47 points from 35 games. They are in the semi finals of the Buildbase FA Trophy having despatched Leyton Orient in the last round.

In their last six games Gateshead have won 2, lost 2 and drawn 2.

Moors have won 3 drawn 1 and lost 2.

In the Opposite Dugout

The man in charge of tomorrow’s opponents is Steve Watson who was born in neighbouring North Shields, Tyne and Wear. He began his career with Newcastle United, playing over 200 games for the Toon and becoming a Tyneside legend in the process. He was transferred to Aston Villa for £4m in October 1998, moved to Everton in the summer of 2000 in a £2.5m deal and was signed by West Bromwich Albion prior to the 2005–06 season.

In 2010, he was appointed as the new Development Coach at Huddersfield Town, before signing on as coach at Birmingham City.

In October 2017, Watson was appointed manager of Gateshead.

Opposition Key Man

Stourbridge born Forward Richard Peniket is the man to watch. Originally with Fulham he dropped down to non league with spells at Hereford, Kidderminster, Telford,Tamworth and Halifax before signing for the Heed at the start of the current campaign. When not scoring goals he is instrumental in setting them up.

Also to keep an eye on is defender Ben Fox who Moors fans may remember was on loan at the ATG Stadium earlier this season. Many supporters felt we should have kept this exciting young player for a longer spell and certainly he will have a point to make tomorrow.

A quote from Mark Yates

“We’ll be in today to see who’s in what state and get ready to go. Gateshead are a good side - we know that, but we’ve got to go up there with the same commitment, same work rate, same endeavour and hopefully a little bit more quality in certain areas.

“We got into some good positions last Saturday and didn’t quite get that final ball where we should’ve done. Hopefully we can go and get a positive result.”

The Last Time the Two Sides Met

In Mark Yates' first home game we held Gateshead to a dogged 1 – 1 draw, the difference being an innocuous penalty in favour of the visitors. Last season we held tomorrow’s opponents to a goalless draw away but were well beaten 0 – 2 at home.

Did You Know?

Gateshead were members of the Football league between 1930 and 1960 when they were voted out in favour of Peterborough United who made it into the big time at their 21st attempt. Their ground, The International Stadium, is extensively used the field and track events and the pitch is surrounded by the running track.

Tickets -   STANDS 

Adult: £15.00

Concession: £8.00

16/17 year olds: £5.00

Under 16's: £3.00



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