Hood rates Tom Wilson’s chances of playing after a back injury as 50/50.
Hood said: “(London coach) James Massara is a great bloke. He’s very astute, he’s been around the game a long time and they’ve got some very good players such as Paul Thorman.
“They’re going to be targeting this as a game they can win but we’re having exactly the same preparation as we’d have for any other game. It’s not a make or break game and we don’t need that pressure on the players.”
Massara said: “We don’t target certain games because there’s a genuine belief here that we can compete with anyone in the league.
“Gateshead are going through some struggles but we’ll certainly not disrespect them.