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Gateshead hoping to bounce back from Southport defeat

Despite the international break, it's business as usual for several of our North East teams - one of which is Gateshead FC.

The Heed host Dartford in the Blue Square Bet Premier on Saturday afternoon, knowing that the game is a perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways after the midweek defeat to Southport.

Gateshead have started the season well, and sit just outside the play-off positions with seven games played. However, Dartford may be a newly promoted team but The Darts have shown they're no pushovers so far, and have won their last four matches in a row.

The away side's run is something Gateshead boss Ian Bogie is wary of. He said: "They beat Newport County on Tuesday evening, and Newport won their opening five games of the season. So Dartford are on the back of four successive victories.

"We've got to aim to take the three points and get us back on track, and get us in the top five again."

Gateshead training ahead of their match against Dartford at the International Stadium Credit: ITV

I don't feel there's a great deal of difference from second division football, to the teams competing in the upper reaches of the conference.

– Ian Bogie, Gateshead FC Manager

Dartford are also just one position below Gateshead in eight place in the league table, and could leapfrog The Heed if they come away with a victory at the International Stadium. Bogie is hoping his side's home advantage will make the difference this weekend. He said: "We're on our home patch and teams should come here and fear playing us.

"We've got to make this a real difficult game for them, and if we play with the poison tempo that we have in the side we should take the three points.

"But anybody can beat anybody in this league. It's a very, very difficult league."

The manager says he believes there's not much difference in the standard between their current division and League Two. York City were promoted to England's fourth tier last season via the play-offs, and are now in the top-half of the table.

Seeing his northern rivals climb up the Football League ladder is tough for Bogie, as his side beat The Minstermen twice in the last campaign. But he knows a win for the Tynesiders on Saturday would give their own promotion hopes a real boost. He said: "York were fantastic last season.

"We beat them twice, home and away, and now they're more than holding their own in the Football League.

"I don't feel there's a great deal of difference from second division football, to the teams competing in the upper reaches of the conference.

"We haven't got any divine right to be up there. We've got to make sure we show consistency on a regular basis, and take it on Saturday."

Gateshead will be without James Curtis against Dartford as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury. James Brown also misses out after a recent hernia operation, and Liam Hatch has an ankle problem and could be another absentee.

The season so far...

  • Luton 2-2 Gateshead - Sat 11 Aug
  • Gateshead 4-1 Mansfield - Tue 14 Aug
  • Gateshead 1-1 Forest Green - Sat 18 Aug
  • Stockport 1-2 Gateshead - Fri 24 Aug
  • Gateshead 1-1 Lincoln City - Mon 27 Aug
  • Nuneaton 0-1 Gateshead - Sat 1 Sept
  • Southport 2-1 Gateshead - Tue 4 Sept

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