IAN BOGIE has warned his Gateshead table-toppers not to rest on their laurels, or risk their fine early-season form coming undone against a “dangerous” Kettering Town side.
The Tynesiders claimed the Blue Square Bet Premier summit after victories over Kidderminster Harriers and Mansfield Town.
They face a Kettering team which sprung a surprise on the campaign’s opening day, beating one of the promotion favourites Newport County.
So if they are to maintain the momentum built so far, Bogie insists Gateshead must take nothing for granted.
“We’ve got to remember, I played for Kidderminster Harriers not so long ago when they were in the Football League, and Mansfield have been a Football League side,” Bogie said.
“So we’ve taken two really big scalps in a matter of a few days. It’s fantastic for Gateshead, but we’re not going to rest on our laurels.
“We’ve got an important game on Saturday, and we’re looking forward to that.
“When you’re winning games you can’t wait for the next one to come. We’re fit, we’re looking strong.
“We’re not getting carried away, we’ve got to keep playing, working hard and believing that we’re good footballers.
“We rode our luck against Mansfield but we stuck at it. We didn’t create any real gilt-edged chances until we scored but in the second half, when you’re 2-0 up, the onus is on the opposition to come out, which we exploited well.”
Looking ahead, Bogie added: “Now you’ve got to keep the momentum going.
“Kettering will have had somebody watching us against Mansfield the other night and they’ll have left thinking that Gateshead on our own patch is going to be a difficult game.
“But they’ll come and try and catch us on the counter-attack. Kettering always bring a physical game, they’ve got some good players and they’ve bought heavily as well in the summer. So their personnel from last season has totally changed.
“We had a successful two games against them last season, took four out of a possible six points. We were fantastic down there, and beat them 4-1 and we’d be delighted with more of the same on Saturday.
“But we’re not kidding ourselves, it’ll be a difficult test against a strong, well-organised side and a team that beat one of the championship favourites in Newport last Saturday, so it’s a dangerous game for us.”