GATESHEAD will start the new Conference Premier season with a home game against Torquay United on Saturday, August 9.

Having narrowly missed out on a place in the Football League after they lost last season's Conference play-off final against Cambridge United, Gary Mills' side will kick off the new campaign against one of the two sides that dropped out of League Two.

Three days later, the Heed will travel to Wrexham for their first away game of the season, with another trip to Eastleigh preceding a home game with Grimsby Town, who Gateshead beat in the play-off semi-final.

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The Tynesiders are at home to Halifax Town on Boxing Day, and end the 2014-15 campaign with a trip to Barnet on April 25.