FOLLOWING three consecutive victories, Gateshead are confident they can keep up the pressure on Unibond League Premier Division leaders Witton Albion but manager Ian Bogie insists they will take nothing for granted either at second-from-bottom Leek Town today or at Kendal Town on Tuesday night.
He said: “Both sides are in the bottom six but we know we have got to go there and win. Witton Albion are six points ahead of us with a better goals difference but we have two games in hand. Having said that, it’s always better to have points in the bag and we’ve got to make those two games count, starting at Leek Town today.”
After defeating Ossett Town in the UBL, the Tynesiders saw off Shepshed Dynamo in the FA Trophy last Saturday before coasting home in the Newton Moor Durham Challenge Cup against West Auckland Town during the week.
Bogie added: “I left nine players out against West Auckland but they are all available today when the only absentee from the squad is Steve Salvin. He was sent off a couple of weeks ago and misses three games.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle Blue Star manager Tommy Cassidy last night hinted the majority of the present squad would be the backbone of the team for the remainder of the Division One The former Newcastle United star was bitterly disappointed with the side’s performance in the defeat against Whitley Bay in the Northumberland FA Senior Cup on Wednesday night, but feels the way ahead is to focus on winning games with his present pool of players.
He said: “It goes without saying that I was upset at losing to Whitley Bay. We had opportunities to win but squandered the chance to go into the draw for the next round. There have been transfers in and out of Kingston Park since I took over but perhaps the time is now right for things to settle down, although I am not saying there won’t be the odd move here and there.”
Today, Blue Star line up against Rossendale United at Kingston Park and victory would lift them into the top half of the Unibond League Division One North table for the first time.
The good news for Cassidy is that a quartet of players are expected to pass pre-match fitness reports.
“David McTiernan, Chris Emms, Chris Carr and Ben Webster have all been struggling but I anticipate all of them being available for selection,” he added.