Tuesday, February 26, 2008

How It Stands So Far

Here we are two thirds through the season and where are we?

Well one final, a semi final in the league cup and currently sitting 3rd in the UniBond, not bad for Ian Bogies first full season in charge with the Tynesiders.
The Championship and automatic promotion does seem out of reach for GFC, With Witton Albion being 16 points clear at the top of the league. The Heed still have to play Witton at home this season and could claw back 3 points, but it would take a collapse in Witton fortunes for the Tynesiders to over take them at the summit of the league.
A Durham Cup Final place is already in the bag versus Sunderland AFC Reserves, with the venue for the Final being at Sunderland AFC’s Stadium Of Light. The Final will be Proud moment for every Gateshead fan to see our boy’s run out on a pitch where the cream of Carling Premiership play every other week.
Some GFC fans felt uneasy about the final being at Sunderland, with Sunderland Reserves making the final also. Fears of home advantage for SAFC Reserves was soon put to rest as the reserves do not play or train at the SOL.
Chairman Graham Woods efforts to make the Durham Cup final a show peace has to be commend, as hopefully the Durham Cup Final can be held annually at the SOL.
A second final could be in the offering, if The Heed can get passed Skelmersdale Utd away on the 8th march. Skelmersdale are currently riding high in the UniBond Div 1 North, they will no doubt be a hard team to play away and will be very much up for making a cup final themselves.
Ian Bogie (pictured)has settled his team down after a mid season blip, which seen GFC slip just out of reach of the automatic promotion spot.
The addition of former Newcastle, Reading and Cardiff City striker Paul Brayson has added much need depth in the Heeds front line. His experience and all round play has already seen him score a fantastic free kick on his debut away to Witton in the League Cup.

Gateshead take on UniBond Prem new boys Eastwood Town for the second time this season, It was a 3-1 opening day of the season win for Gateshead the last time these teams played. Eastwood have settled well into UniBond Prem life and have hovered around the Play-Offs for much of the season.

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