Solihull Moors make a return to the ARMCO Arena in an attempt to bounce back from Saturday's defeat against Maidenhead United as Andy Whing's side welcome Gateshead to Damson Parkway.
How to keep up with the match
There are numerous ways to keep up with tonight's Vanarama National League action as we entertain Gateshead at the ARMCO Arena.
Supporters who can't make tonight's match will be able to listen to live radio commentary here, or alternatively you can watch all the action live on National League TV here.
Alternatively, you can get minute by minute updates over on our official X account here.
So far this season
Gateshead have been one of the entertainers of the league so far, with 44 goals scored in their opening 20 games; only bettered by Chesterfield so far this campaign.
in November, Gateshead have won each of their last two league games. After a 3-2 defeat in the FA Cup at the hands of Yeovil Town, Gateshead convincingly beat Dorking Wanderers with a 6-0 win at the Gateshead International Stadium.
Last weekend, the Tynesiders travelled to the Hive and beat high-flying Barnet 0-2 thanks to two goals by Stephen Wearne.
As a result, Gateshead will be in fifth place ahead of their visit to the ARMCO Arena.
Key player to watch
One player that has made National League defenders have nightmares is Marcus Dinanga, as he currently has 12 goals in 18 league games, putting him second in the charts.
Coming through Burton Albion’s academy, Dinanga failed to make any appearances for the Brewers and was instead sent out on loan to multiple clubs in the lower league.
During the 2016/17 season, he scored 34 goals in all competitions for Northern Premier League side Matlock Town and was put into the league’s ‘Team of the Year’ before his loan deal expired.
Dinanga then joined National League North side AFC Telford United and again would impress in his only season at the club. The striker finished as the club’s top scorer with 25 goals in all competitions in 45 games under manager Rob Edwards before going back to his parent club.
An unsuccessful loan spell at Hartlepool United followed, with Dinanga scoring no goals in 19 appearances before rejoining Telford on a permanent basis.
In his second season with the club he linked up with former Moors player Ryan Barnett, with the striker scoring 12 goals in 31 games; including scoring seven in his last eight games of the season.
This fine form convinced League Two club Stevenage to sign him, and scored on his debut in their EFL Trophy win over Southampton’s U21s in the 2020/21 season. However, he would only play a further eight games before joining Chesterfield in January 2021.
At the Spireites, Dinanga made his debut in a 2-1 loss to Solihull Moors and would play 12 times in total, but only scored once in the league.
Dinanga then joined National League club Altrincham ahead of the 2021/22 season, scoring on his debut against Torquay United in a 3-1 win. However, he would have a disjointed campaign as he was loaned out twice in that season.
At Kidderminster Harriers, Dinanga would only be at the club for five weeks before joining National League South side Dartford in February 2022. At the Darts, the striker would finish as top-scorer with 13 goals in 15 games as the side finished 4th in the regular season.
This impressive run saw Dinanga sign for Gateshead in the National League, with him scoring seven goals in his first season with the club. However, with 12 goals already in the league, is looking to smash his previous best in the fifth tier.
In the opposition dugout
After Mike Williamson’s departure from the club earlier this season, Rob Elliot was appointed caretaker manager in October and has overseen the team since.
The former Newcastle United keeper made 68 appearances across a nine-year span for the Toon, which included the club’s title winning season in the EFL Championship.
Elliot began his career with Charlton Athletic at youth level and eventually breaking into the first-team in the 2004/05 season.
After some time out on loan to Notts County and Bishop's Stortford, the keeper played two seasons on loan at Accrington Stanley where he was a part of the side that won promotion to the Football League as runners-up, saving a crucial penalty against Woking along the way.
Elliot made his debut for Charlton in April 2008 and by the following season had made himself the first-choice goalkeeper. By the time he had left in 2011, Elliot played over 100 games for the club he supported as a boy before joining Premier League club Newcastle.
In August 2022, Elliot joined Gateshead as Technical Director whilst also being registered as a first-team player, but has since stepped in to manage the team when his former teammate Mike Williamson left to join MK Dons.
Last time out
The last meeting with the Heed was back at the start of February, with a 0-2 loss at the ARMCO Arena with Daniel Ward scoring towards the end of the first half; and Will Harris scoring in the final minute of additional time.
The last victory for the Moors against Gateshead was back in March 2019, where Nathan Blissett scored the only goal as Solihull won 1-0 as the Moors continued their title push.
Andy Whing’s side will hopefully look to win, knowing that a victory could see the Moors rise back into the top three in the National League table.