IT may yet prove conquerable, but Ian Bogie fears Gateshead might face a “mountain to climb” should they fail to close the gap on the Blue Square Bet Premier summit tonight.
The Tynesiders are eighth in the table after Saturday’s defeat at Forest Green Rovers, four points from a play-off spot.
They travel to York City with the Minstermen four places and six points above them.
Allow that chasm to gape to nine and Bogie believes getting into the play-offs will be a “mammoth task.”
Win, as he insists they must, and they are back in the hunt.
Bogie said: “York are six points ahead of us and we have to go and play them on their home patch.
“I believe we have to go there and win the game.
“If we come out afterwards nine points behind them, it is going to be a mammoth task at this stage to get into the play-offs.
“It is achievable but it is a bit of a mountain to climb, so we have to make sure we close the gap on them and the other teams up there.
“We have a few home games coming up, which will be a great chance to pick up points, so it is important we do not lose this one first and leave ourselves on the back foot.“
Recalling his side’s 3-2 home win over the Minstermen in late September, when Jon Shaw – who is back from injury – scored a hat-trick, Bogie added: “It was probably the best footballing game we have been involved in this season.
“It was a real humdinger of a game, with entertainment for the neutral, and we expect the same down there.
“It is two teams probably shaping up in the same formation, with good players on both sides.
“We have slipped away in the last two weeks, we are disappointed with our results, but other than the Kettering Town game performances have not been too bad.
“It is an important game for the club and an important week, with the Luton game in the FA Trophy on Saturday.
“We do not want to let things ebb away, we have to make sure we are still in the hunt for both prizes next week.”