FA CUP PREVIEW | Gateshead v Charlton

Charlton’s Emirates FA Cup journey continues on Friday night (7.45pm) as the Addicks travel to Tyneside to take on Gateshead in the second round.

Johnnie Jackson’s side have already overcome non-league opposition in the competition this term, brushing aside National League South outfit Havant & Waterlooville 4-0 in SE7 to book the trip to Gateshead International Stadium.


Friday’s tie will come too soon for club captain Jason Pearce (knee) and Ryan Inniss (quad), though Jackson expects the defensive duo to resume full training on Monday.

Long-term absentees Sam Lavelle (groin) and Jake Forster-Caskey (ACL) remain unavailable, as does Adam Matthews (calf).

The hosts, meanwhile, expect top scorer Macaulay Langstaff to be available after returning to training this week, while defender Elliot Forbes will be assessed having been forced off after 25 minutes at AFC Fylde last weekend.


Under the tutelage of former Newcastle United defender Mike Williamson, the Heed currently sit 5th in the National League North table and are yet to taste defeat on Tyneside this campaign, earning seven wins from a possible eight in all competitions.

Having prevailed against Bradford Park Avenue, Runcorn Linnets and Marske United to reach the first round proper, Gateshead drew 2-2 with Altrincham before earning a 3-2 triumph in the subsequent replay.


The second-round tie will be the first meeting between the Addicks and the Heed.

Charlton last faced non-league opposition away from home in November 2011, defeating Halifax Town 4-0 with Matt Taylor, Jackson, Danny Hollands and Bradley Pritchard all on the scoresheet.


Tom Reeves will be the man in the middle on Friday night, taking control of his first Charlton fixture.

Reeves will be assisted by Johnathon Bickerdike and David Avent, while Sebastian Stockbridge is the Fourth Official.


The Addicks will be donning their home strip on Tyneside.


Friday’s encounter will be shown live on ITV4, with live audio commentary of the game available to CharltonTV subscribers from 7.40pm.

Away supporters will access the lower field by using gate 22 and will then cross the lower field to access the East Stand via gate 15.

Fans are asked to note that on-site parking is not available to the public.

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