Weary Heed still hope to call the Shots

The Chronicle - - Nufc - By JEFF BOWRON

GATESHEAD play their fifth game in 11 days against pro­mo­tion hope­fuls Alder­shot at The Rec tonight.

The Shots have three games left to at­tempt to claim a top-three fin­ish and give them­selves a bet­ter chance in the play-offs.

They will face a leg-weary Gateshead, who have clocked up the miles in the last week, with the trip to Hamp­shire over 300 miles.

Goal­keeper James Mont­gomery, mid­field man Paddy McLaugh­lin and for­ward Jor­dan Burrow played ev­ery minute of all four games last week.

The trio are ex­pected to be in the start­ing 11 at The Rec, and for­mer New­cas­tle trainee McLaugh­lin is happy to take on the bur­den.

With fel­low Ir­ish­man Neill Byrne out with an an­kle in­jury, McLaugh­lin took over the cap­taincy in Satur­day’s 2-0 win over Eastleigh.

That ended a win­less run of eight games, with McLaugh­lin happy to clock up the min­utes as he closes in on 150 games for the Heed.

He said: “You want to play all the min­utes you can, I cer­tainly do. You want to play in ev­ery game, so it’s been sound.

“It’s some­thing I thrive on. We were good from start to fin­ish on Satur­day and fully de­served the three points.

“There are four games left and they’re com­ing thick and fast. We’re look­ing to fin­ish the sea­son as strong as pos­si­ble and fin­ish as high as we can.”

Those are sen­ti­ments echoed by man­ager Steve Wat­son who has young striker Ma­caulay Langstaff back af­ter a loan spell at Blyth Spar­tans.

Cen­tral de­fend­ers Ja­mal Fy­field and Byrne are again doubt­ful with an­kle in­juries as Gateshead look to de­rail The Shots’ pro­mo­tion bid.

Wat­son said: “Tues­day may be too early for Byrne and Fy­field, so we’ll more or less be go­ing with what we had at the week­end.

“With the jour­neys we’ve got this week it was im­por­tant to win on Satur­day. I just hope we now play with con­fi­dence for the last two weeks.

“We want to fin­ish on a high and see how high we can get, but we can only do as much as the body al­lows.

“There are a lot of tired legs, but the pitch at Alder­shot is one of the best in the divi­sion and we’ll try and carry on where we left off against Eastleigh.”

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