FRUSTRATED and disappointed by another call-off, Ian Bogie nonetheless insists the after-effect will not pose a significant problem to Gateshead.
The Tynesiders’ FA Trophy third round tie against Alfreton Town was postponed, for the second time in four days, following a 12.30pm pitch inspection at the International Stadium.
It will now be played next Tuesday, with the Blue Square Bet Premier home fixture against Hayes and Yeading United rescheduled for that date now taking place on Tuesday, March 6.
This morning, after a day off, Gateshead play a hastily-arranged friendly against Newcastle United reserves.
Having fared far better this season in terms of postponements than the past two years, Bogie remains as yet unconcerned by what impact any may have on the remainder of his side’s campaign.
“It is frustrating but not the end of the world,” said Bogie (right).
“We half expected the game to be off, there are games off up and down the country, and nothing we can do about it.
“It is not a major problem though, we have been quite fortunate so far this winter.
“ In the last two seasons we have had it a lot worse and then ended up playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday right through until the end of April.
“That is not the case this year, we are up on our fixtures.
“We crammed a lot in early in the season and we have not lost too many to the weather until now.
“It is still disappointing, but the plus side is these are home games which have been postponed, so teams still have to come to us rather than us go to them.
“So we do not have to travel midweek, they do, and that is not ideal for them.”
Instead, Gateshead take on Newcastle’s reserves at the Premier League club’s Benton training ground this morning when Bogie plans to play a game of two halves.
He added: “I am delighted about that, and we’re very grateful to Newcastle.
“We have a great relationship with them and they are always very accommodating with us.
“They have agreed to a behind-closed-doors friendly which will give us much-needed match practice.
“With Tuesday night’s game off the lads had a day off but they will all be involved against Newcastle, we will probably field two teams and give them a half each.
“So we are looking forward to that, and then pushing on into the rest of the season.”