The Non-League Paper reckons that Friday night's game at the International Stadium between Gateshead and Charlton has all the makings of a FA Cup classic: 'A Friday night under the floodlights pitching an in-form National League North club against a former Premier League side now struggling for consistency in League One.'
The NLP points out that Charlton have not won more than one game in the same FA Cup campaign for eight years.
Gateshead was beset by unscrupulous individuals who nearly wrecked the club, an all too familiar tale in football. They are now controlled by a supporter-led consortium. They have remained a full-time club and are viewed as 'one of the most attractive clubs in Non-League's second tier.'
We need to put out a strong side to avoid the humiliation of another defeat by a non-league side on television (Northwich Victoria) and because there is a chance of securing a really exciting tie in the third round.