GATESHEAD boss Ian Bogie is looking for a positive reaction from his players when they face Boston in the FA Trophy this afternoon at the International Stadium in the wake of last weekend’s defeat at Ilkeston.
Bogie, who expects to have secured the services of York City’s Carl Jones on a month’s loan in time for the centre-half to make his debut, said: “Boston are in the Conference North which is a higher division to us so it will be a test. I’d like to have a run in the Trophy and if we play to the best of our ability then we can win.
“In football you suffer setbacks – like our defeat at Ilkeston – but you look to see how players react and I’m hoping for a positive reaction.” Midfielder Chris Gate is suspended but Bogie is likely to have Steve Bowey on the bench after injury.
Meanwhile, Blyth Spartans will be gunning for all-out revenge this afternoon when they take on Gainsborough Trinity in the FA Trophy at Croft Park.
Spartans secretary Ian Evans said: “This is a big match for us with the winners pocketing £3,000 so we’ll be looking to go into the clash with all guns blazing.
“We’re out of the FA Cup and Setanta Shield and although we’ve still got the Northumberland Senior Cup to aim for, we’d love a run in the Trophy.
“Gainsborough knocked us off the FA Cup trail last month so we’re very much looking for revenge.” Evans reports Phil Bell has recovered from a calf injury, but played in an earlier round for Newcastle Blue Star and is therefore cup tied. Evans added: “Apart from Bell, Andrew Johnson is back and manager Harry Dunn has a full squad from which to select his starting side.”
If the match ends in a draw, the replay will take place at Gainsborough on Tuesday November 27 with a 7.45pm kick-off.