Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)


Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)


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GATESHEAD last night headed to Norfolk confident they can stretch a magnificent 10-match unbeaten sequence when they line up against King's Lynn in Blue Square North today, writes MALCOLM PRATT.

The Tynesiders made it nine wins and a draw with victory over Workington in midweek and Ian Bogie's side is now just a point behind leaders Tamworth.

"The lads have been fantastic.

Who would have thought in August that we would be challenging for the championship during our first season in the competition but now I want to win the title and claim successive promotions," declared Bogie.

The boss, though, will warn his players not to take King's Lynn for granted. He added: "They are having a sticky patch and are a bit too near the bottom for their comfort, so they need points for a different reason and, make no mistake, they'll be up for the task.

"Having said that, we are playing with tremendous confidence and the lads believe they can beat anybody at present."

Bogie has a 17-man squad on standby today and his only doubt is Carl Jones, who suffered a groin strain in midweek.

Darren Holloway, sidelined for recent games, could come into contention but it may well be that Bogie will start with the same side that took on Workington.

Huddersfield manager Lee Clark, meanwhile, has confirmed he is in talks with Gateshead striker Lee Novak.

The Terriers have agreed a deal with the Blue Square North side but Clark has yet to tie up personal terms with the 20-year-old.

He said: "He is one for the future.

If we come to an agreement he would go back to Gateshead for the remainder of the season as we feel that will be beneficial for his develo pment."

Blyth Spartans' FA Cup run has reaped rich rewards, both on and off the field. Manager Harry Dunn boasts a squad of 22 - the biggest at Croft Park for several seasons - while secretary Ian Evans has no financial concerns. …

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