Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Six of the Best Would Keep Heed in Frame; SKRILL PREMIER

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Six of the Best Would Keep Heed in Frame; SKRILL PREMIER

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Byline: Jeff Bowron

GARY Mills would like nothing better than to end Gateshead's 54-year exile from the Football League they were harshly voted out of in 1960.

The 52-year-old former European Cup winner with Nottingham Forest took York City back into the Football League via the play-offs two years ago, as well as lifting the FA Trophy with the Minstermen.

Both 2012 finals were at Wembley and Mills wants to give Gateshead their first trip to the home of football by getting through to the Conference Premier play-off final.

A last-minute goal from Luton loanee JJ O'Donnell on Saturday - his first for the club - gave the Heed a vital 1-0 win over Braintree Town, one of several rivals for a play-off spot.

Carl Magnay and James Marwood combined for O'Donnell to shoot across Iron keeper Nick Hamann to spark joyous scenes.

It was a fourth win from the last five games, Gateshead unbeaten in six, and they enter the final month - and the home straight - in third place.

The race for the top five is incredibly tight and there is much work to be done, but a head of steam has been built up at just the right time.

Second-bottom Tamworth, nine points from safety, are next up at the International Stadium on Saturday followed by a trip to troubled Hereford United.

The Bulls are fifth bottom and in freefall, battling to survive on and off the pitch, and six points from the next two games would leave Gateshead well placed with just four games to play.

They were far from their best against a leg-weary Braintree side playing their fourth game in eight days, the visitors deserving at least a point. But a third clean sheet from the last five games provided the platform for O'Donnell to pounce at the death, to keep the promotion push on track.

Mills said: "We weren't at our best by any means. Braintree are a good side and they made it difficult for us, but we kept believing and got our reward. …

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