Justin Edinburgh’s men were held to a 0-0 draw against Aldershot Town on Tuesday as they completed their third unbeaten month of the season. Jobi McAnuff went closest as his free-kick crashed off the crossbar before James Brophy and James Alabi went close in the second half.
Steve Watson’s side have confounded their pre-season critics with a decent first-half of the season that sees them sat in the final play-off position on 36 points. The Heed didn’t feature on Tuesday but defeated Barnet at the Hive last Saturday.
Gateshead took the lead through Scott Boden on the 20th minute before Josh Taylor equalised for the home side. However, top-scorer Luke Armstrong was on hand to drill home the winner on the 76th minute.
The two sides have met five times since last October so are familiar with each other, the most recent meeting being in August when a late Marvin Ekpiteta equaliser snatched a point for the O’s.
The O’s will have a fairly full squad to choose from with Sam Ling returning to contention, although this weekend may be slightly too early. Sam Sargeant and Charlie Grainger remain out, so Arthur Janata is likely to continue on the bench.
The Heed have no significant injury doubts ahead of the match.
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