Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Return to Racecourse All in Day's Work for Heed Trio

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Return to Racecourse All in Day's Work for Heed Trio

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Byline: Jeff Bowron

GATESHEAD'S Welsh connection could be key to whether the Vanarama National League's form team continue their winning run on Saturday.

The Tynesiders head for North Wales to take on a Wrexham side third in the form table spanning the last 10 games.

Gateshead have won seven and drawn two of their last 10 Conference outings, the Racecourse Ground clash a poignant one.

Manager Neil Aspin, National League Manager of the Month in February, signed three players from Wrexham in the summer.

All three - defenders Manny Smith and Jamal Fyfield and attacking player Wes York - were handed two-year contracts.

York and Smith both played in the 2-2 draw with Wrexham at the International Stadium in October, the three returning to the Racecourse for the first time.

Smith and York had both been offloaded by then Dragons' boss Gary Mills, the former Gateshead manager now at York.

Fyfield was offered a new deal but opted for the security of a two-year contract in the North East.

The trio played an important role in the recent 3-1 win over Mills' York and will look for a repeat in Wales.

Gateshead head for the Principality on the back of five straight wins and with a play-off place within touching distance.

Smith and Fyfield have been regulars this season, York in the side for the first three months before losing his place - now back with a bang. His pace, surging runs and goals have assisted the Heed's drive up the table.

"Going back to Wrexham is just another game," said York, "we've got to keep doing the things that have got us on this run.

"We're playing good football and teams are finding it hard to deal with us. If everyone does their job, we can get another win under our belts.

"I had two good years at Wrexham and played a lot of games. It's a good club with big support, and one that should be in the Football League.

"But they're in our league at the moment. They will be well organised and it certainly won't be a free ride as they are also going well. …

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