Feb 16 2008 by Malcolm Pratt, The Journal
MANAGER Tommy Cassidy believes Newcastle Blue Star are not far away from being a good side following impressive performances in the last week.
He said: “We overwhelmed Mossley last Saturday and in midweek again dominated our match with Bradford Park Avenue, who I consider to be the best team in the UniBond League Division One North.
“We played excellent attacking football in both games but unfortunately could not put away the numerous chances we created. There’s no doubt we are riding high but we’ve got to finish off opposing teams.”
Blue Star are at Garthforth Town today in a mid-table clash and, after two draws between the sides already this season, Cassidy is confident of a winning result. He added: “With a bit of luck we could have won both of our last two fixtures. But the performances were very pleasing and if we play as well today I think we will be in with a shout of taking all three points.”
With no new injury worries, Cassidy could recall Neil Hooks and David McTiernan, neither of whom were included in his 14-man squad in midweek.
More of the same will do very nicely for manager Ian Bogie when Gateshead make their second visit to Witton Albion in a week this afternoon.
Last Saturday, the Tynesiders reached the semi-finals of the UniBond League Challenge Cup with a 1-0 victory but Bogie reckons it will be a different game today. He said: “They top the Premier Division having lost just twice in 27 games and lead us by 16 points, although we have three matches in hand. They’ll want revenge for last week and for us it is a must-win situation if we are to clinch the championship.”
Bogie this week moved to strengthen an already impressive squad by bringing in central midfielder Phil Turnbull on a month’s loan from York City.
“It is a good time to bring in players when you are doing well,” he said. “Phil is a good addition as is Paul Brayson who I have also signed from York City. The pair are in the squad today, together with David Southern and Phil Cave.”